Randwick we are currently racing on a Soft 7 with the rail out 6m from the 1600m to the winning post and 4m the remainder. The weather has played a role over the past couple of days and is likely to deteriorate the track further before they jump. We could be on a heavy track come Saturday.
Flemington we are racing on a Good 4 with the rail out 9m for the entire circuit. Fine weather is forecast so expecting a very fair surface where everyone should get their chance.
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Randwick Race 2 Tip #1- Saxton Rock
Looks well suited on the testing surface and is well in with the claim for apprentice Sam Weatherly, who has been riding in exceptional form.
Off the back of two lead-up runs and a soft trial he should be rock-hard-fit and ready to win. The fixed odds quote of $8.50 looks huge overs and it will pay to snap that up quickly.
Randwick Race 5 Tip #9 - Zourkhan
Impressed at his last start when winning on a heavy surface at Rosehill and once again will relish the rain affected track.
After his last win, trainer Chris Waller stated that this gelding by Shamardal is in career best form and although he goes up in grade, he drops 3kg from his last start and gains the services of James McDonald.
McDonald is statistically one of the best riders on a heavy surface in the world, with a winning strike of 23%.
Was bolting in at a recent trial when boxed in between runners. That trial was won by Kaepernick who has impressed this preparation and looks set for some big targets in the Spring.
The performance of Spin in this trial was huge. With James McDonald aboard he made up significant ground, and once in clear air, he ran through the line strongly.
He looks to be flying, and his breeding suggests he'll get through the predicted heavy going. The $14 fixed odds looks huge overs.
Kembla Grange Race 2 Tip #4 - Wristband
At a recent jump-out in Melbourne this colt from the Waller yard didn't get out of first-gear and still impressed. He then showed ability against some quality gallopers in Notio and Reflectivity at a subsequent jump-out.
Sent to the provincials for his first start, he should prove too strong for his rivals and move on to bigger targets this preparation.
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