Racing expert RAY THOMAS and Sky Thoroughbred Central form analyst RON DUFFICY look at all 10 races on Everest Day at Royal Randwick and the three majors at Caulfield today
There is a slight doubt about Pat Webster’s grand campaigner running a strong 2000m, but only slight
The big field will generate tempo and I can envisage My Tagoson repeating his past two starts here where he has won TAB Highways with his strong finish. Don’t Give A Damn is promising and will take catching but the wide barrier is a concern. Cascata Rossa and Super Star Bob will run well.
I really like the favourite, Don’t Give A Damn. I’m not too concerned about the draw as he has good gate speed. He’s a promising type and I really think he is better than Highway grade. Super Star Bob is the danger. He was good winning two starts back and got a pass mark last time. He just needs a back to follow and he will be in the finish. My Tagoson will be charging late. Mercurial Lad sets up well here third-up and, although he has a bit of weight, I thought that he would run well.
Race experience is so vital for these early-season juveniles and is the reason I’m leaning to Santos over Spin. They hit the line together when third and fourth respectively in the Breeders’ Plate two weeks ago. The filly Cortesta impressed me at the trials and then drew off the track in the Gimcrack Stakes. I’m prepared to give her another chance. Stunts and Legend Of Condor are also chances.
I can’t believe how good a price Spin and Santos are for this race, Ray. They ran very well in the Breeders’ Plate and that looks to be a strong juvenile race where they ran time. With the barrier draw, I feel that Spin is an each-way special. He did enough in the Breeders’ Plate, he has that race experience and now he has drawn the inside gate. I think Santos will run well again as he was strong on the line last start running third with Spin fourth. Legend Of Condor has only had the one trial but he led and quickened like a nice horse and Munich, who has had two trials, has ability.
Aonair did really well first-up to beat the “boys” over 1400m at Warwick Farm then went back in distance to 1300m when she ran evenly for fourth to Beau Geste at Rosehill. She goes to 1400m today against the fillies and will be hard to beat. Regimen’s form is faultless but she must concede at least 4kg to her rivals. Workdrinks is racing well and the blinkers go on today while Torvill is an each-way chance.
There is a dark horse here in the filly Chris Waller has brought up from Melbourne, Faith In Hand. I liked her first-up run along the Flemington straight. It is a little unusual for Waller to take them from 1000m to 1400m but I will trust his judgment and I will be on her at the double-figure odds. Workdrinks will wear blinkers today and is set to run well. I also feel Aonair has a very good chance as she stuck on well in a solid race behind Beau Geste last start and is back to her own age and sex today. Memento should run a race after her good last-start win.
I like two horses, Suncraze and Galaxy Warrior. There is little between them but Suncraze has drawn well and gets 2.5kg off Galaxy Warrior. Pumpkin Pie has been racing in much stronger grade and looks hard to beat in this, while Delightful Feeling is a chance.
I think Danny Williams can take out the big country double today with Pumpkin Pie. I liked her preparation coming into this race. Her form stands up very well, she has a good draw and they have found Hugh Bowman. Suncraze has had five weeks and a trial since his last-start win and the 1400m is ideal. After All That has had an interesting preparation where he ran in The Shorts and finished alongside Chautauqua and must be respected. Galaxy Warrior is primed third-up.
Oklahoma Girl ran a blinder first-up when finishing fast for third behind Wayanka and the promising Interlocuter at Rosehill last month. Interlocuter has since franked the form with a very easy win at Randwick last week. Oklahoma Girl has had an easy trial since, likes her races spaced, and is the value in a very open race. Lubiton will find this easier, Jaminzah will appreciate getting out to a mile and Invincibella was very good first-up but is short enough in betting.
I think Harper’s Choice will run a big race at double-figure odds. He has had a month and a trial since running in the Kingston Town Stakes. I like what he did in the barrier trial with blinkers and coming back to 1600m he can run a race. Oklahoma Girl produced an eye-catching run first-up and she has had five weeks between runs and a trial since. If we get some rain, it will suit her. Invincibella is very well tried in the market and is short enough but she did win well first-up and Man Of His Word might run a race.
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Alizee after trackwork on Tuesday. Picture: AAP