Pun­ters get a late Christ­mas present

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - NEIL EVANS

IT’S some­thing of a tribute to the train­ing and owner ranks that three days af­ter busy Box­ing Day card and three days be­fore New Year’s Day, Rand­wick serves up one of the stronger Listed Christ­mas Clas­sic Day cards to­mor­row.

While the fea­ture it­self is a lit­tle down on num­bers, the qual­ity is there and cer­tainly the sup­port races boast good depth.

With the track fast re­turn­ing to Good 4 un­der a snap heat blast, a small crop of older and tough sprinter/mil­ers line up in the Christ­mas Clas­sic (1200m), head­lined by the re­turn of Group 1-win­ning mare Al­izee, hav­ing her first run as a four-year-old since that Queen Of The Turf win at the au­tumn Cham­pi­onships.

Even al­low­ing for a smart fresh record and strong work at the tri­als, she would need to be primed ready un­der 60.5kg against this lot.

And with last start Listed Ra­zor Sharp win­ner Fell Swoop also lump­ing the same weight, I’m head­ing straight for the lightly-raced fouryear-old mare Prob­lem Solver who looks supremely in at the weights and from an in­side draw.

Prob­lem Solver, who has only missed a place twice in 11 starts, put the writ­ing on the wall re­sum­ing at Rose­hill five weeks back and then col­lared a smart sprint field un­der 57kg at Wy­ong sec­ond-up.

Re­mem­ber, she ran the top class Houtzen to a long head at Group 3 level in au­tumn and she’s one horse I’m look­ing for­ward to fir­ing at the Gold Coast.

Smart five-year-old Rand­wick mare Sav­van also

“maps” beau­ti­fully sec­ondup af­ter hit­ting the line hard re­sum­ing in a BM 88 at Rand­wick two weeks back. My Christ­mas Clas­sic Tips:

1. PROB­LEM SOLVER; 2. Sav­van; 3. Al­izee

Save plenty for Godol­phin­trained four-year-old Deprive who can go back-to-back third-up in a suit­able BM 78 (Race 8) over 1200m.

Be­fore all that, an ab­sorb­ing Group 3 Belle Of The Turf (1600m) for the fil­lies and mares un­folds at Gos­ford to­day, with plenty on sum­mer trial for a trip to the Gold Coast Magic Mil­lions.

I have no doubt four-yearold Vic­to­rian Aloisia ($4.00) wins the class bat­tle af­ter her flash­ing sec­ond in the Group 2 Vil­liers, but is be­ing asked to back-up on a harder and tighter track car­ry­ing 4kg more, although she’s drawn to get a lovely smother back in the field and saved for one last crack.

Her pres­ence means a few run­ners are well in at the weights on the 54kg limit.

One of those, Rand­wick­trained four-year-old Sweet Deal ($13.00) looms as the best value (if she goes that way hav­ing also ac­cepted for a BM 88 at Rand­wick to­mor­row).

She has pow­ered home to win her last two at Rose­hill in both open and mares BM 78 grade, the most re­cent cart­ing 60kg, and she’s primed now for class rise up to the mile.

An­other four-year-old of Godol­phin’s is Or­ganza ($10.00) who wasn’t beaten far in a strong BM 88 at Rand­wick last start and the con­sis­tent five-year-old Sexy Eyes ($7.00) who is also aided by the ex­tra jour­ney, are also well-weighted chances. My Belle of the Turf Tips:

1. SWEET DEAL; 2. Or­ganza; 3. Aloisia

In the other fea­ture — the Listed Gos­ford Guineas (1200m) for the three-yearolds — this looks a lovely race for the Snow­den-trained Mil­i­tary Zone ($3.50) sec­ond-up at

right trip.

A pro­gres­sive son of Epaulette, Mil­i­tary Zone re­turned with a pow­er­ful clos­ing BM 76 ef­fort be­hind Deprive com­ing from mile back and at his only other sec­ond-up run, fin­ished hard to win a BM 70 at Rand­wick over­haul­ing the smart Danawi.

The Hawkes filly Tell Me ($4.60) — shoot­ing for four ina-row hav­ing pro­gressed from a maiden win to BM 76 suc­cess in lit­tle time — is the ob­vi­ous mea­sur­ing stick and she’ll comes across ei­ther lead or sit out­side the pace. My Gos­ford Guineas Tips:

1. MIL­I­TARY ZONE; 2. Tell Me; 3. River Bird

Good Luck @NeilE­vans­mail

Neil Evan be­lieves Prob­lem Solver’s draw will ben­e­fit the mare in to­mor­row’s Christ­mas Clas­sic.

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