Racing returns to Randwick this Saturday for a bumper nine race card, highlighted by the Villiers Stakes (1600m), with the Group 2 ensuring the winner gets ballot exemption for the Doncaster.
Here are my five plays across the meeting.
Bet One- Each Way- Race Two Number 8 Gongs
I think she deserves another chance. I liked her when she raced at Rosehill a fortnight back and on face value, she was disappointing behind Kapajack, but looking at the replays, early on in the day, the inside wasn’t the A1 ground.
Was beaten under two lengths so she wasn’t too bad in defeat and she remains down in the weights so I’ll lean her way without much confidence at an each way angle.
Bet Two- Win- Race Three Number 4 Seasons
Just needs to take care of the barrier and she’ll be winning. She was given such a sweet ride by Tim Clark when resuming over 1200m at Rosehill three weeks ago and from the 600m onwards, she was the winner and won accordingly.
Tick over trial last week at Hawkesbury was very good behind Pumpkin Pie and I think only bad luck will be beating her.
Bet Three- Each Way- Race Four Number 1 Destiny’s Kiss
At the time of writing this, Randwick was a Soft6. If we happen to remain there or get to a 7/8, I think Destiny’s Kiss will tighten right in. He’s been a ripper for Joe Pride for a number of years now and continually runs well.
That was the case last time in the ATC Cup at Rosehill. The slow tempo and firm track didn’t help his cause but he still ran okay in defeat behind Exoteric. Randwick 2400m is his go and if the track has any give, I think he’s one of the hardest to beat.
Bet Four- Win- Race Five Number 5 Enforcement
Pleasing to see early support for this debutante. Team Snowden trains this son of I Am Invincible, who has looked the part in a couple of trials, the latest coming over 1000m at Hawkesbury last week where he was tucked in behind the leader before J Mac gave him a squeeze to get clear and he went to the line under a really good hold in winning. Like him a lot.
Bet Five- Each Way- Race Seven Number 10 Sambro
I think there are several horses you could back each way here in the Villiers. Went the way of Sambro. Hasn’t raced since October 27 when beaten a lip by stablemate Torgersen in a close finish at Randwick.
Been freshened up and the tick over trials have looked pretty good to the eye. He’ll be strong at the end I’m sure and is worth an each way ticket.