Berry busy day for Tommy

The Sportsman Weekend - - RANDWICK PREVIEW -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Soft 7. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.

RACE 1

IT is 37 years this week­end since Ron Quin­ton steered Kingston Town to the sec­ond of his three Cox Plate wins and with that record about to fall, seem­ingly, to­mor­row, it’s apt that he can train the first win­ner at Royal Rand­wick to­mor­row with 2. ROYAL CEL­E­BRA­TION (70). This horse has some un­be­liev­ably deep form in­clud­ing a cou­ple of sec­onds to The Au­tumn Sun and Yu­long Jan­uary who won a stakes race af­ter beat­ing this son of Ex­cel­e­bra­tion. The 1400m at home is a big plus, he is third-up and the small field suits. 5. EVALINA (66)

a Lonhro-eq­sue filly by I Am In­vin­ci­ble out of a Lonhro mare. The Kris Lees-trained 3YO won well at Wy­ong firstup be­fore a clos­ing 0.2-lens sec­ond to I Like It Easy in the Listed Regi­nald Allen on Ever­est day over this same course and dis­tance. It was a leader dom­i­nated race so all power to this filly for hit­ting the line as well as she did. 1. NICCO’S LAD (70) was once third to Royal Cel­e­bra­tion last cam­paign. He has won 2 of 4 this time no­tably that easy as you like win at New­cas­tle in a C1 over 1300m on Oct 16. Drawn to get a gun run for Tommy Berry.

RACE 2

5. HIGH­WAY (72) got a great Deanna Panya ride sec­ond-up when a nar­row sec­ond on the Kens­ing­ton track over 1550m on Oct 1. She is back to 1400m to­mor­row which I can’t re­ally say is a pos­i­tive or a neg­a­tive for her given she was stakes-placed third to Youngstar in the Gold Coast Bracelet over 1800m. That said, she is 26-days be­tween runs and Steve En­gle­brecht is a master trainer so, at the end of the day, we have to go with his judge­ment that she is sweet for 1400m. 3. SEXY EYES (74) is one of a big, big num­ber of dual ac­cep­tors – she’s down to run at Can­ter­bury tonight – so we’ll leave it there, suf­fice to say she is a pretty handy mare and ca­pa­ble of win­ning wher­ever she goes. 1. OUR MALAMBO (85) has a bench­mark rat­ing that is 23 points higher than the low­est ranked horse and still a mas­sive 9 above the Queens­lan­der 2. STELLA VIC­TO­RIA (76) who is her­self aim­ing for four straight wins. Our Malambo is a Rand­wick win­ner but even with Sam Weather­ley’s claim, she still has to give away plenty of weight the oth­ers in­clud­ing 4kg to handy 4. TARABAI (71). Tough race!

RACE 3

SPEAK­ING of tough races, the High­way is a re­ally com­pet­i­tive af­fair with loads of chances and so much di­ver­gent form. I reckon I have tipped (and of­ten backed and some­times won on) 14. RAP­TURE MISS (64) who is an­other great Tommy Berry ride on the day. This Matthew Dale-trained mare lines-up for her third High­way ei­ther side of a dead-heat at Moruya. There was cer­tainly merit in her two High­way runs, one a 6th of 13, the other a 9th of 14 but bear in mind that last one, she was only beaten 3.8-len and it a di­min­ish­ing mar­gin, trust me. That over a mile here, this is 1800m and there is ev­ery­thing to sug­gest that she will run it very strongly. 9. ATHENA’S VOICE (57) is a con­sid­er­able threat. First of all, Rod Northam is fly­ing – he won 3 races with 3 starters at Coon­abarabran on Mon­day in­clud­ing the Cup. This mare was so good when she won at Coon­am­ble on Oct 7 in that C3 over 1600m just sweep­ing home down the out­side to win by 2-len. Has won up to 1750m so the 1800m is cool. 2. VELARO (63) was 3-len 6th of 15 in a High­way over 1400m on Ever­est day. Goes to 1800m very quickly but she us a great trainer and she was an easy win­ner over 1700m at Welling­ton to­wards the end of the last very suc­cess­ful prepa­ra­tion.

RACE 4

GREAT to see a race named in hon­our of Fi­lante on Cox Plate day. This mighty horse ran sec­ond in con­sec­u­tive Plates in the late 1990’s, one of them by 0.2-len. And like this year’s Cox Plate, only a small field as­sem­bles here, no Winx in this, but I think Waller will win it any­way with

3. SAMBRO (95) with that man, Tommy Berry, in the sad­dle. Sambro was a very good 3YO win­ning the Hawkes­bury and Queens­land Guineas. He was 0.7len third to Best of Days first-up then was a far from dis­graced 3.9-len sev­enth 13 in the Group 3 Cameron at New­cas­tle on Sep 14. He tri­alled re­ally well at Rand­wick over 1050m Oct 15 so is ready and able to get back into the win­ner’s stall. Note that he is placed 4 from 5 at HQ and 6s 2-1-2 at 1400m in­clud­ing a Group 2 and Group 3 win of course. 2. SPECTROSCOPE (99) is highly cre­den­tialed Godol­phin im­port who goes well both at 1400m and when fresh. He is a stakes win­ner in Aus­tralia and mul­ti­ple stake­splaced. His first-up run last time was a huge 1.9-len fourth to Lan­ci­ato in the 1400m Group 2 New­cas­tle New­mar­ket. Tri­als were good. Free run­ner 1. FABRIZIO (104) is the only horse rac­ing in Syd­ney on week­end with a triple fig­ure bench­mark. Granted, he got there from deeds past, and is first-up off a long break but his tri­als have been good, the last one was very good – beat­ing noth­ing but beat­ing them like old Fab.

RACE 5

SYD­NEY’S un­luck­i­est horse and trainer com­bine here and of course I speak of 9. VALENTINO ROSSA (73) and Ja­son Coyle. This son Testa Rossa has won just 3 from 30 but he has placed 9 times and I can’t count how many of his fourths and fifth should have been thirds, sec­onds and even firsts. He went to Port Mac­quarie for the Cup and fin­ished from the back to run a dis­tant 2-len sec­ond Ex­o­teric who landed plonk here last week­end just to frank the form. Back to 1800m is sweet, he just needs a good pace, a clear run and fair track – on that, I have no idea how the ex­trav­a­gant rail place­ment will af­fect his chances. It might help who knows. Waller has 4 of the 9 run­ners, the one I think will medal out of four is 5. IN­STANT DE REVE (84) who is go­ing to peak now at the 1800m and at 2000m af­ter that in time. The hand­some French-bred gal­loper is an on-pacer who has won up to 2100m and is rock hard fit now at his fifth run into the first Aussie prep. Ran last of 5 in a War­wick Farm 1175m heat other day but was re­ally run­ning through the line. If the track is favour­ing on-pac­ers, he could be the one. 8. AQUA D’IVINA (73) was a dual ac­cep­tor but al­most cer­tainly runs here in a much eas­ier race than what she was fourth emer­gency in. The 1800m suits her bet­ter the 2000m at this stage any­way. She has barely put a foot wrong re­flected in her ca­reer record of 6s 3-3-0. Big test for her against these old hard heads but she is a qual­ity mare.

RACE 6

I WAS very keen on 5. BEA­CON (74) first-up where he fin­ished fifth be­hind his two Godol­phin sta­ble­mates Esperance and 1. REVENIRE (79) but I saw James Cum­mings in­ter­viewed by Greg Radley af­ter the race and he was quite praise­wor­thy of Bea­con’s ef­fort given he was first-up on a Heavy 9 and not in the same oblig­ing real es­tate and his sta­ble part­ners. Bea­con will very much ap­pre­ci­ate the drier track to­mor­row and as fit as he was first-up (he’d been trailling su­per!), doubtlessly he will fit­ter again for the out­ing. Rachel King is rid­ing as well as any­one. Cum­mings, he did at Rand­wick on Ever­est day, might quinella this race too be­cause Revenire is def­i­nitely a big player. He hasn’t missed place in his last 6 runs, 2 of them are wins. On top of that he is 3s 2-1-0 at the trip and placed in all 4 runs Rand­wick. No rea­son at all why it won’t be 5 af­ter to­mor­row. 3. BROOK MAGIC (79) is an­other one who has some com­pelling fig­ures. The Joe Pride trained mare is deadly fresh be­ing 4s 3-1-0 and this is her trip 7s 3-2-0. That’s 3 of 4 wins at 1000m, the other one at 1100m. She is light­ning fast and drawn 1 so I can’t see any­thing cross­ing her but in terms of pres­sure, 10. GOLDFINCH (77), will fly out from gate 10 and do her usual thing which may set it up for a horse like Bea­con to swoop late.

RACE 7

COX Plate run­ner-up (2011) Jimmy Choux’s son 7. CHAUSSURE (71) can give Tommy Berry an­other win­ner at Rand­wick to­mor­row. I won­der what price he is in the TAB Jock­eys Chal­lenge? Will he be Winx-like odds? Should be. Any­way, this Waller-trained gal­loper has been gelded since he last run which is a big gear change of course, maybe the big­gest. The horse wasn’t too shabby as a colt win­ning 2 of 3 and run­ning mas­sive sec­ond on de­but. The Deb­bie Kepi­tis-owned horse was scratched from a race at War­wick Farm on Wed­nes­day that I thought he could win so the fact that they are sav­ing him for this means that must be go­ing even bet­ter than I thought. Tri­alled su­per at the Farm the other day. Sta­ble­mate 8. METAMORPHIC (71) was ter­rific when run­ning 4th on the Kens­ing­ton track at his last start. He drew wide and cov­ered ground but re­fused to sur­ren­der. Drops down from 59kg that day when 1. CHAPELCO (79) beat him by 2.2-len. Chapelco stays on the 60.5kg and that might make a mea­sur­able dif­fer­ence to their fin­ish­ing po­si­tions on the week­end. It’s all about Chaussure IMO though and so please keep a big watch on the bet­ting ex­change (s) with him.

RACE 8

OH look, Tommy Berry again! Berry is on 4. RAQEEQ (76) to­mor­row – the horse de­serves a win, he’s so prone to bad luck by ei­ther climb­ing all over their backs late or hav­ing the pace run against him. We know that he has a good sprint at end of these mid­dle dis­tance races and you’d think that Berry can work his magic and give the horse every sin­gle favour from bar­rier 4. Waller may have as many as four run­ners in this race well and I have the dan­ger to Raqeeq be­ing an­other of the GB-im­ports namely 5. SOLO MIS­SION (76) who the 2kg off for Sam Weather­ley has re­ally hit his straps in re­cent times. Solo Mis­sion comes off a first-up third on the Kens­ing­ton track over 1800m Oct 1. He had been up in Bris­bane so he has plenty of resid­ual fit­ness in his legs and so forth. I am not wor­ried about the 16-days be­tween runs be­cause he tri­alled at War­wick fFarm over 1175m on Oct 19 and was do­ing his best work late as you would ex­pect from a horse like him. 3. SAVACOOL (81) can give Waller the tri­fecta. I would love to know how many times

has trained a tri­fecta in his time – it must be fair num­ber! Savacool come back su­per and is rock hard fit now and a last start win­ner. Out­side of those, it’s def­i­nitely the Godol­phin im­port 1. DROCHAID (81) but he has the dual ob­sta­cles of a wide gate and top weight.

RACE 9

IN A re­cent Syd­ney bar­rier trial wrap up, I said there are two horses that will win any­where they go first-up, one of them was Ron­star whom I know is go­ing to race at Rose­hill next Satur­day and the other one was 12. KAWAIKINI (74) from the Ja­son Coyle sta­ble. As an avid fol­lower and fan of Coyle, I can say that when you see a horse trial like this from this yard, you be al­most guar­an­teed that it will run well on race day. Coyle had her in the Evening Star tonight at Can­ter­bury – that’s how well primed she is but runs here in­stead ow­ing to vastly con­trast­ing bar­ri­ers. Very keen! Went up $11 with the TAB on Wed­nes­day but was $7.50 in the evening

– a scratch­ing or two yes, but still it is pos­i­tive sign. Here’s the best roughie on the card – 7. BLUE TY­COON (75) from the Hayes/Dabernig sta­ble. The horse has drawn 14 which is a po­ten­tial deal breaker but if the track hap­pens to get much bet­ter in terms of firmer that is, his chances will soar. I am cer­tain he is go­ing well, we have to for­get that first-up run on the slop. 1. O’RACHAEL (84) is now with Mick Price and owned by Aquis who no doubt have one of their amaz­ing stal­lions in mind for this well cre­den­tialed daugh­ter North­ern Me­teor. Has the best form of all and goes well fresh be­ing 4s 0-3-0.

Chaussure, main, is one of many win­ning chances Tommy Berry, in­set, has at Rand­wick.

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