We welcome the new financial year with another likely dry day and wet track at HQ.
A tricky little card for the first Saturday meeting of 2020, not much between a lot of these coming from a lot of different directions.
I will likely take quaddies and a few trifectas in later races.
The inner track at Randwick can sometimes favour leaders and with a windy, very hot day expected, patterns are worth following.
Note no bet in Race 1 with largely untried babies. Good punting.
Race 2: 9 Who’s Shout
Not much of a betting race, Who’s Shout swooped well first-up at home in Canberra. Up in class but well down in weight, happy for a little speculator.
Race 3: 8 Howra
Starting her prep with her first two wins, maybe Howra has come back better as a three-year-old. She beat the older horses last start and is a nice price.
Maybe Satin Socks will be the challenger from off the speed.
Race 4: 2 Adelong
Undefeated Adelong tries to make it 4/4 here and she can do it in this class. Spiritual Pursuit and Worldly Pleasure are the other main chances.
Race 5: 6 Quality Seeker
Quality Seeker can back up from his win last week over the same trip.
Dark Pearl and Kiss the Bride come from different form lines and should be around the mark.
Race 6: 6 Jen Rules
It’s a little confusing with a bit of a break after winning on a short back up last go. Team Snowden knows more than me.
Coterie and He’s a Hotshot both get big weight drops and Think Free might be better second-up.
Race 7: 9 Mushaireb
It’s run in the Villiers wins here. Reflectivity should be in the mix, as well as Gresham who’s helped by the big apprentice claim as well.
Race 8: 7 Above and Beyond
Another horse helped by an apprentice claim here with Above and Beyond rating on top in a tricky race. Grand Crown was going well in Melbourne, then 2/10/11 all rate as chances.
Race 9: 7 Witherspoon
We’ll finish on the beautifully named Witherspoon (mum was Girl Hussler), who should improve second-up after a good win fresh. Rare Episode is the other big hope with Happy Mo a bolter down in weight.