Bar­rier boosts Syn­ergy

The Sportsman Weekend - - Randwick Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.

RACE 1

A FEW of us here in the of­fice are on 12. YITAI SYN­ERGY

(N/R) to win the Magic Mil­lions and it looks like we are not the only ones given this Snow­den filly has been a big short­ener in a lot of places. She has to win to­mor­row to make the field, let alone be a win­ning chance on Jan­uary 12 but now that she drew 2, I pro­moted her from top pick to best bet. The trial wins have been awe­some — to me, she’s thrown to two horses in her pedi­gree, Se­bring and Rory’s Jester and they both won Golden Slip­pers. I must say, I am a tad wor­ried about the pres­ence of the Kris Lees trained

10. ICONIC STAR (N/R) who is by boom stal­lion Brazen Beau from the same fam­ily as Mozart no less. Her trial win at Gos­ford was out of the world im­pres­sive. 2. EX­CEED THE STARS (N/R)

started fav in the Breed­ers’ Plate and ran a good race. Tri­alled twice, they weren’t bad — but mail is he is dead­set top of the ground horse.

RACE 2

IN­AU­GU­RAL Kosci­u­oszko win­ner trainer John Shel­ton is back at HQ to­mor­row with his mare 8. IN­VIN­CI­BLE TAMMY (64)

who was a highly cred­itable 3rd to Sei Stella in a 1000m High­way here on Dec. 15. Sei Stella is pretty handy for horse and she got all the favours so ku­dos to Shel­ton’s mare from her ef­fort. Won be­fore that — eas­ily — so has come back well. 5. RISK AND RE­WARD (62)

was 6th in that same High­way, he 2.4-lens be­hind In­vin­ci­ble Tammy. The big plus this time for Terry Robin­son’s geld­ing is that he has drawn a de­cent bar­rier (2) for a change. Only had the 9 starts so far and the last 4 have been in High­ways — one of those times, he al­most won. Ma­jor player de­serves too.

3. MANZANA (64) is an­other one that comes through the Sei Stella race in his case, he clocked in 4th. Tommy Berry sticks and why wouldn’t he, this horse is a medal con­tender. Re­spect­ing the Cameron Crock­ett pair of 2. ORI

ON FIRE (68) and 11. ANDY’S A STAR (58).

RACE 3

WHO could for­get the day this then un­known Kiwi im­port 1.

NEW UNI­VERSE (84) turned up first run in Oz at home in that 1200m Bm76 and come from stone motherless last to win like a cham­pion! You would have thought, like most of us, that he was the next big thing here but well, it just hasn’t hap­pened for

horse. He has only won once since and that was by a nose at Bal­larat. I know he does the same thing ev­ery time — gets back, runs on, sucks a lot of us in for next start but hon­estly, I thought his last two have been re­ally good. If the ‘best’ New Uni­verse turns up, he’ll win.

2. RE­DOU­BLE (81) is an­other horse whose prospects are usu­ally del­e­gated to him by tempo. He is not dissimilar to New Uni­verse in that re­gard so — maybe a tad more ver­sa­tile though. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the race is run and Glyn Schofield (New Uni­verse) and Hugh Bow­man (Re­dou­ble) ride their charges. 3. SWEET DEAL

(83) has won her last two and was down to run in the Mona Lisa (to­day). Hard to knock win­ning form and she has the tac­ti­cal speed that some oth­ers don’t here.

RACE 4

1. GENERALISSIMO (75) hasn’t won since tak­ing out the Group 3 ATC South Pa­cific (1400m) on Apr. 17. He was beaten 1.5-lens in the Hawkes­bury Guineas af­ter that. Take note that he’s hardly run a bad race in the time since and his de­feats are usu­ally weight re­lated or tempo re­lated or both. He’s had the 4 runs this time in and 3 of them have been good to vary­ing de­grees. He went from a 78 to an 88 and ran well in both but is down to a 76 to­mor­row. Granted he has 59kgs no claim, he a Group win­ner don’t for­get and most of the ri­vals are very, very close to him in the weights. How well is

9. FUCHU (70) go­ing this time in! Gee whiz he has a big fin­ish on him and Rob­bie Dolan (not on to­mor­row) timed it to per­fec­tion the Kim Waugh trained son of All Too Hard. Surely Rand­wick is made for this horse and his record at the 1400m is 5s 3-1-0. He in big leagues now but it’s the ideal race for him to throw first pitch. Two from the tri­als that re­ally stand­out are 6. SHOCK ALERT (72) and the grey 10. NIKKAS ‘N’ A TWIST

(70) who is go­ing to turn that fresh record of 4s 0-0-0 up­side down me­thinks.

RACE 5

THE horse for­merly known as Civil­ian on top for me. What’s he called now? Hmm, not quite noble, it’s 9. ZIP A DEE DOO

DAH (71). If you pay the bills, you can call them what you like. Any­way, I just want Dar­ren Flin­dell to call him home first here and think he might given that you could make some sort of case that the Kris Lees trained geld­ing should have won his 3 last three. He won the Kempsey Cup (at $10 mind you!) then was luck­less at Rose­hill and Can­ter­bury af­ter that. I would sus­pect that up to 1800m from gate 3 he gets a fairly handy run in tran­sit. He has won at 1900m and 2000m so this is nice step for him. I have an­other 7YO as the big dan­ger and that is 1. COL­LAT­ERAL (82) who

‘0x008x07’ but I am ab­so­lutely con­vinced that he go­ing to do some­thing pos­i­tive here thirdup at 1800m. The Bjorn Baker trained geld­ing is 1300m, 1600m to 1800m now and I thought he was quite solid late af­ter the post when 4.2-lens off Tip Top in that Bm88 mile here on Dec. 15. Been a while I know, but he’s not the top-rater for noth­ing. 3. ASTERIUS (78) is the ob­vi­ous here but he could end-up be­ing pretty short. Third-up off two slash­ing runs — has al­ways had that look about him. Sta­ble­mate 8.

SO YOU WIN (73) is be­com­ing a bit of a ‘flash­ing light’ sort of horse, the time now at hand for him to start win­ning.

RACE 6

WE don’t nor­mally get to see horses with the tal­ent and C.V of 1. AL­IZEE (110) at this time

the year but we’ve lucked in to­mor­row with James Cum­mings choos­ing the Listed ATC Christ­mas Clas­sic (1200m) to kick start the mare’s long awaited new cam­paign. This will be the first time she has raced since she won the G1 Queen of the Turf here on Apr. 14 — and wasn’t that a win! Wow. Sadly, half to Astern and rul­ing 2019 Golden Slip­per favourite, Tas­sort, bled af­ter track­work at Agnes Banks and was ruled out for the spring. Al­izee tri­als well but you have to give her full marks both tri­als. 2. FELL SWOOP (106) is no pushover for Al­izee. The in­au­gu­ral Ever­est run­ner was back to his best win­ning the Ra­zor Sharp last start. Great ride by Hugh Bow­man that day but take noth­ing away from the horse, it looks like Matty Dale has got him back.

6. MY FAVOURITE (93) was 8.3-lengths be­hind Fell Swoop in the Ra­zor Sharp and put it down to one thing — soft 6. This has got

be a record surely a 9YO wear­ing blink­ers first time! Be­ware when Joe Pride reaches for the

on his horses — they grow a leg.

RACE 7

FORE­CAST­ING and hop­ing that John O’Shea trains the last 3 legs of the Quaddie to­mor­row start­ing with 6. BERDIBEK

(81) who came to Aus­tralia as a lightly-raced 2000/2500m horse from France with some Listed/ G3 form. All the train­ers with im­ports say that it takes time to ac­cli­ma­tise to Aus­tralia so we have to cut Berdibek some slack for his record here. It is in now ay re­flec­tive of his tal­ent. What I do know is that he tri­alled su­per at Hawkes­bury be­fore his first run here at Rand­wick on a 1400m race $101 on Dec. 15. It was rip­per run. You have to re­mem­ber that Berdibek has run with pretty big weights his whole life, cer­tainly while here in Aus­tralia but look at him to­mor­row — he’s got 50.5kgs! I am very con­fi­dent about ac­tu­ally. He might go bang, bang, bang this prep. Tough race out­side of him, per­haps 9.

VAU­CLUSE BAY (81) can get into the medals now that he sees some firmer foot­ing. No knock at all on horse beat him by 4-lens last start namely 3. TIP

TOP (87). Bjorn Baker re­cruit (from his fa­ther Mur­ray) 4. RODRICO (85) has tri­alled well.

RACE 8

JOHN O’Shea has 6. SOUTH­ERN LAD (75) in a race that he couldn’t have pro­grammed any bet­ter for the son of Ocean Park un­less he scripted it him­self. This 4YO geld­ing has a mas­sive fin­ish on him and I’ve seen him do some things that are bor­der­line im­pos­si­ble so he re­ally is an X-fac­tor type of geld­ing. Rob­bie Dolan is rid­ing as well as any­one at present and he re­tains the mount hav­ing won on the horse Can­ter­bury Nov. 30. South­ern Lad tri­alled Dec. 17 fin­ish­ing an eye catch­ing 2.8-lens 4th to Al­izee no less. 4. DE­PRIVED (75) was just about Hugh Bow­man’s best ride of 2018 if you ask me when he won at here on Dec. 15. Drew 10 11 that day — has 3 of 14 this time but I guess they still are go­ing back a bit any­way. What­ever the case, both he and South­ern Lad are go­ing to need the big field to gen­er­ate some sort of tempo so that they can both let rip with their big fin­ishes. Best the oth­ers are 12. PO­ETIC CHARMER

(72) who looks a gen­uine up and comer and 11. PIPE­LINE (73)

has been tri­alling well.

RACE 9

O’SHEA can quinella this up with his two 4. FOX SWIFT (75) and 1. SAV­VAN (77). The way I see it is that Fox Swift is the up

comer while Sav­van class. The bar­ri­ers are cer­tainly a con­trast — Fox Swift has 14 of 14 whereas Sav­van drawn the rails. But be­fore you switch of Fox swift, you have to fac­tor in that she landed some very good bets when she won her first run (her last start) for O’Shea on the Kens­ing­ton track on Oct. 17 from 12 of 12 and with Rob­bie Dolan on as he is again to­mor­row. Had an easy time of it when 4.8-lens 7 of 8 to Al­izee in that Dec. 17 heat here. Speak­ing Al­izee, O’Shea saved Sav­van from seem­ingly one-way en­counter with the Godol­phin mare on the Clas­sic to run here in­stead. Ex­cel­lent firstup again. 6. KAIWAKINI (74) will be rat­tling home. No knock

2. ZONK (77) or 8. CLIP­PER (72) who was very, very im­pres­sive at Scone first run for An­gela Davies. Just in case you missed it, Clip­per is foal to Al­izee’s half brother — Astern.

New Uni­verse.

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