RAY AND DUFF

THE WORLD’S RICH­EST TURF RACE IS A CRACKER

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R1: VIC­TORY VEIN PLATE (1000M)

Usu­ally I have a firm opin­ion about these early sea­son two-year-old races but not this one. I was im­pressed by Zoushack’s im­prove­ment from one trial to the next and he scored com­fort­ably in heavy go­ing in a War­wick Farm trial last Mon­day. He is back­ing up to­day, the winkers are go­ing on and if he can over­come that draw I feel he will be in the fin­ish. Dis­rup­tor has had three tri­als to pre­pare for his de­but and he did run sec­ond to the Breed­ers’ Plate win­ner, Du­bi­ous, in one of those heats. Ana­heed has looked good in two tri­als, the most re­cent also on Mon­day when she seemed to han­dle the heavy track well to win her heat at War­wick Farm. Val­our Elite is a real im­prover

Dis­rup­tor has had a good ground­ing for his race de­but with three nice tri­als, win­ning one and be­ing placed in the other two. He looks ready to run well. Speedy­com showed bril­liant speed in his trial and won by a mar­gin eased down. If he can show sim­i­lar pace on the heavy track, he is go­ing to take some catch­ing. Ana­heed also im­pressed in her trial win and Head On will be im­proved by the race ex­pe­ri­ence.

R2: TAB HIGH­WAY HCP (1400M)

I want to give Mediter­ranean a chance here. I know he hasn’t de­liv­ered on the early prom­ise he showed the Snow­den sta­ble but he strikes a wet track, blink­ers and tongue tie. I think he is ready to run well. He won his maiden on a heavy track and ran sec­ond in a Rose­bud in sim­i­lar con­di­tions ear­lier in his ca­reer. I’m lean­ing his way from Ma­jes­tic Pedrille. I like this mare at odds. She was dom­i­nant first-up then ran well at Muswell­brook last start. Think Like A Fox was very well fan­cied when she started favourite at Rose­hill and just seemed to have an off day. I have to give her an­other chance con­sid­er­ing there was a lot of con­fi­dence in her last start. Best of the rest I thought was Lips ’N’ Lashes who’s rac­ing con­sis­tently.

Ve­laro won up to 1700m last prepa­ra­tion so he has the stamina for what is go­ing to be an ex­act­ing 1400m test on the heavy track. He ran well first-up at Scone and is a promis­ing type. Tris­tan De An­gel was a beaten favourite at Ip­swich but he is ready to peak now and is bred to han­dle the heavy go­ing. Mediter­ranean does like heavy tracks and Think Like A Fox is cer­tainly ca­pa­ble of be­ing in the fin­ish.

R3: THE DAILY TELE REGI­NALD ALLEN QUAL­ITY (1400M)

Cris­to­bal looks very hard to beat. She showed good im­prove­ment sec­ond-up, she is ready to go third-up with blink­ers and she did win a maiden on the soft. Madam Rouge was very good first-up but sur­pris­ingly didn’t shape up when stepped up in class at her next two starts. But back to 1400m, I think she can run well. Un­guarded is a like­able filly who will get bet­ter as the races Royal Rand­wick Race 8, No.12: Egg Tart Race 3, No.1: Cris­to­bal Race 7, No.10: Shoals get longer. She is learn­ing all the time. I’m So Sweet was held up last start and I liked the way she gath­ered mo­men­tum to win.

It is hard to tip against Cris­to­bal. She fin­ished fast be­hind Gem Song in a strong form race at Rose­hill last start and is well placed back against her own age and sex to­day. I’m So Sweet is an im­prov­ing filly who showed ad­mirable de­ter­mi­na­tion to win at Rose­hill last start. Un­guarded im­pressed on the Kens­ing­ton track last start and Madam Rouge is bet­ter suited here.

R4: THE STAR MILE (1600M)

I know Good­fella has had a busy sched­ule but he is very fit and is two from two on wet tracks. He only has to re­cover from that tough run in the Ep­som when he drew wide and if he can do that I feel he is very well placed. Araaja is go­ing to sprint well fresh. There is a lot of pres­sure up front and I can see her hit­ting the line nicely with her light weight. Kaonic did cre­ate a good im­pres­sion with his first two runs back, then wasn’t dis­graced in the Cameron Hand­i­cap. His Rand­wick form speaks for it­self. An­other good long shot is All Too Huiy­ing.

Kaonic hasn’t been ex­posed to a heavy track but I still rate him the one to beat. He scored suc­ces­sive wins at Rand­wick be­fore his close fourth in the Cameron, which is good form for this race. Stam­pede is an in­ter­est­ing run­ner as he is first-up at 1600m but has looked sharp in re­cent tri­als and he does en­joy wet tracks. Sense Of Oc­ca­sion has plenty of weight but he is very ef­fec­tive in heavy con­di­tions.

R5: THE KOSCIUSZKO (1200M)

I’m a huge Vic­torem fan. I know it won’t be easy to win this race first-up but his two tri­als have been great, his soft form is good and his Rand­wick form is un­touch­able. The Mon­star is the best wet-tracker in the race and he loves to tough it out from in front. His Mis­sile Stakes ef­fort three starts back just about wins this race. His form is all around The Ever­est horses which is a good sign. Af­ter All That did run well in The Shorts first-up and he will be very strong at the fin­ish.

I see it the same way as you, Ron­nie, with Vic­torem on top from The Mon­star. Vic­torem won the Coun­try Cham­pi­onships Fi­nal at Rand­wick back in April, he’s won five of his seven starts, he has a lethal burst of ac­cel­er­a­tion and he’s won on heavy go­ing. The Mon­star en­joys rainaf­fected con­di­tions and he will look the win­ner for a long way. Sun­craze ran a blinder be­hind the tal­ented Trekking last start and he will be charg­ing home. Don’t Give A Damn has the tal­ent to win this race.

R6: SYD­NEY STAKES (1200M)

I’m not usu­ally a fan of tip­ping horses com­ing back from 1600m to 1200m but, given the heavy track con­di­tions to­day, it could be a mas­ter­stroke with Pier­ata. The blink­ers are go­ing back on, he will sit on a solid speed and his class will take him a long way. Tac­ti­cal Ad­van­tage is hav­ing his first try

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