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