The Randwick track is currently rated a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position.
With no rain in sight, the surface will likely improve to a Good 4.
This set-up has historically offered a fair racing surface, with the best going 4-6 metres off the rails.
The most recent Randwick meeting with this track set-up was in Spring 2017, where the best going was off the fence in the straight.
Randwick Race 2 Tip #1 Santos $3.70
This runner from the Waterhouse & Bott stable returns to the races off a successful Autumn campaign.
After taking out the Group 2 Skyline Stakes, the colt finished an unflattering 13th in the Golden Slipper when caught wide throughout the trip.
Watch below as Santos grinds Zousain into the ground in the Skyline Stakes
Perhaps a few nervous moments down the straight for Santos, but in the end the talented colt digs in to hold them off in the concluding stages, taking out the Skyline Stakes at @royalrandwick. pic.twitter.com/h6uBOsprCa
Off the back of two nice trials, the I am Invincible galloper looks ready to fire first-up and gets the speed map favours.
Drawn barrier one, jockey Hugh Bowman will be able to sit in the box seat behind the two nominated leaders, Omar and Neutrality.
These two front-runner will string the field out, so look for Bowman to build the revs as they turn for home.
With the two leaders serving it up to each other, Bowman will get the perfect trail into the race to fly over the top late.
Randwick Race 8 # 12 Alward $17
The Chris Waller trained runner impressed last start, running third in the Group 3 Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury.
He has since impressed in a recent Warwick Farm trial and with a solid second-up record, looks set to fire here.
His record at the 2000m is very impressive, with five wins and a second from seven starts.
Drawn perfectly in barrier six, jockey James McDonald will get a soft run three pairs back off the leaders and will be in the prime position to pounce on the turn.
Alward is set to get the run of the race, and with his biggest dangers Avilius and Sedanzer drawn wide, he should find himself in front of both of these in the run with plenty of gas left in the tank as they straighten for home.
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