Yard to the Post @ All Aged Stakes Day

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Royal Randwick track had more tricks than a magic act today, an early inside and leader bias making way for horses spreading out wider late in the day. Most jockeys described the conditions as "sticky", leaving even the world-class jockey James Doyle baffled after he won on RAIMENT in Race 8. Godolphin's filly settled in a seemingly hopeless position out wide before sweeping to the lead.

Stepping up to the mile in the testing conditions proved too much for short-priced favourite INVADER in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes for two-year-olds. He was left chasing THE MISSION a long way from home after the leader bolted to the lead and simply didn't stop.

The first swooper of the day won the other feature, the Group 1 All Aged Stakes over 1,400 metres. LE ROMAIN had worn down JUNGLE EDGE to take the lead before TIVACI sprouted wings late down the outside. 

TIVACI, RAIMENT and THE MISSION all horses that were stuck wide two weeks ago at Royal Randwick when there was a vicious NEAR RAILS bias.

A full review will be on-line Tuesday 9am.

Track Info

Rail+7 metres
ConditionsHEAVY 8
BiasNEAR RAILS and ON-PACE, then FAIR later


Brodie rides home a tough country Lad

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 12005 Mercurial Lad Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Brodie Loy 8 58.0
2 4871 War Hero John Ramsey Tye Angland 9 59.0
3 67924 Tiger By the Tale Danny Williams Jay Ford 11 56.0

In The Running

FERMANAGH LAD led at a STRONG tempo on the rails from MERCURIAL LAD chasing behind. WAR HERO three wide and no cover. SUPREME LAD slow to begin and couldn't keep up way back.

The Result

MERCURIAL LAD $4.4f (1st) drove to the lead and held off WAR HERO $5.5 (2nd 1L), who chased hard. TIGER BY THE TALE $13 (3rd 1.2L), ATLANTIC SENTINEL $11 (4th 1.8L) and ATTAINMENT $5.5 (4th 1.8L) just behind them.

The Interest

The early part of the day had an ON-PACE bias and while MERCURIAL LAD was up on a STRONG tempo, he was helped by the track pattern. Hard to work out the best runs out of the top five, apart from perhaps WAR HERO, who was wide and chased very genuinely. BANDIT BELLE $71 (10th 20.3L) in the report [vet: respiratory distress and had a poor post race recovery]. Follow WAR HERO. Forgive WAR HERO.


The Kiwi connection relishes the mud

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 58689 Untamed Diamond Richard Collett Jason Collett 12 57.0
2 6351 Sweet Serendipity Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O'Hara 9 56.5
3 70178 Yuma Desert Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1 56.0

In The Running

SWEET SERENDIPITY sped to the lead at a STRONG tempo from IL MIO DESTINO, BURRADOO and UNTAMED DIAMOND three wide. KNIT'N'PURL was snagged back to last on the rails.

The Result

SWEET SERENDIPITY $26 (2nd 0.1L) drove clear on the rails, but was grabbed late by UNTAMED DIAMOND $9 (1st), who knuckled down in the straight. YUMA DESERT $6.5 (3rd 1.1L) fought on along the inside and KNIT'N'PURL $9.5 (4th 1.5L) surged home up the rails late.

The Interest

Two on-pacers fought it out again and credit to the winner who was wide throughout, even if the bias did help. KNIT'N'PURL and big run from the back in conditions that suited her She's a neat, tough 'Randwick type'. The horses just behind them could easily improve next start, including NUDIERUDIE $8.5 (5th 1.9L) and CANNYESCENT $3.7F (6th 2.6L). ALMIGHTY GIRL $7 (10th 10.3L) in the report [vet: lost a plate and sore on the near fore foot]. Follow UNTAMED DIAMOND and NUDIERUDIE.


Kiwi three-year-old form too good again

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 36541 Mongolian Wolf Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 4 56.5
2 8148 Veladero Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 56.5
3 32835 Screamarr Anthony & Edward Cummings Tye Angland 5 56.5

In The Running

VELADERO jumped to on-pace and pressure came from wider, including CAPTAIN DUFFY to the lead and ROKDA KASBA moving up on the outside. SCREAMARR just behind the leaders. ACATOUR went back and ROCK'N'SWING tailed off. An honest STRONG tempo was set-up.

The Result

MONGOLIAN WOLF $6 (1st) moved up and stayed on best, drifting to the outside of the track, while VELADERO $7.5 (2nd 1.3L) fought on nearer the rails. SCEAMARR $9 (3rd 1.7L) right behind the leaders and a gap to 4th.

The Interest

The Kiwi form again proves too strong in Aus this wet Autumn. They are fit, tough and can stay all day! MONGOLIAN WOLF coming off a placing behind Gingernuts and an unlucky run in the Derby. VELADERO is improving every run and should carry on to Queensland based on this form. A Doomben 2000m race seems ideal for him. SCREAMARR a possible Derby prospect up north, he's a quality son of Street Cry that relished the extra distance. Follow MONGOLIAN WOLF, VELADERO and SCREAMARR.


A well-deserved win for this speedy sprinter

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 9288 Redzel Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.0
2 1644 Counterattack Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 58.0
3 6126 Hellbent Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 56.0

In The Running

REDZEL led from HELLBENT and TAKEDOWN at an honest FAIR tempo. ROYAL TUDOR moved up wide no cover and COUNTERATTACK moved up on the inside to join in on the turn.

The Result

REDZEL $2.8F (1st) fought on best to beat COUNTERATTACK $7 (2nd 0.8L) and HELLBENT $3.9 (3rd 1.3L). ROYAL TUDOR $26 (4th 1.4L) strong to the line just behind them.

The Interest

REDZEL deserved this win and proved that 1200m wasn't beyond him now he is an older horse. COUNTERATTACK much better in soft Sydney conditions than the firm Flemington he faced in the Lightning and Newmarket, while HELLBENT needs a firmer track to show his best. ROYAL TUDOR $26 (4th 1.4L) (way out of grade) and MIGHTY LUCKY $100 (5th 2L) running enormous races! Follow REDZEL, ROYAL TUDOR and MIGHTY LUCKY.


Tim Clark stacks them up and boots her home

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 57919 Top of My List Anthony & Edward Cummings Tim Clark 8 53.0
2 4460 Sons of John Jason Attard Glyn Schofield 2 54.0
3 59000 Rudy Helen Page Jason Collett 5 54.0

In The Running

TOP OF MY LIST took up the running from NEW TIPPERARY working up on her outside. RUDY, SONS OF JOHN and ASTRONOMOS just behind them. Only a SLOW tempo set-up.

The Result

TOP OF MY LIST $18 (1st) quickened up along the rails from SONS OF JOHN $11 (2nd 0.8L), who chased through on the inside. A gap back to RUDY $18 (3rd 3.8L), ASTRONOMOS $3.2F (4th 3.9L) and NEW TIPPERARY $4.6 (5th 4.3L).

The Interest

This was almost a 'no race'. TOP OF MY LIST led at such a dawdle that her final 200m of 12.55 seconds was much faster that the speedy REDZEL in the 1200m race! He was about 5 lengths slower running 13.32 seconds. She was racing over 10kg out of her grade and dominated! That makes the form hard to follow, horses like NEW TIPPERARY completely out-sprinted. ASTRONOMOS had other excuses too [vet: poor post race recovery and displaying the thumps]. No Follows or Forgives.


A Group 1 quality mudlark sinks the favourite

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 11647 The Mission Paul Perry Damian Lane 5 56.5
2 60601 Invader Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 1 56.5
3 8644 Whispered Secret Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 8 54.5

In The Running

THE MISSION led them up at a STRONG tempo, bolting to a clear lead early, before getting into a rhythm. ACE HIGH a few lengths away and WHISPERED SECRET another couple of lengths back at the head of the pack. INVADER in the clear with no cover behind them making ground on the turn.

The Result

THE MISSION $9 (1st) held a clear margin from INVADER $1.85F (2nd 2.3L) and WHISPERED SECRET $6 (3rd 2.6L) chasing behind.

The Interest

INVADER was left chasing a long way from home, it was always going to be a tough ask for the 'nuggety' son of Snitzel to out-stay these horses again over 1600m. THE MISSION a toned tough type that loved the conditions and probably helped by some ON-PACE bias too. WHISPERED SECRET honest and ACE HIGH probably better on top of the ground. He's got Derby written all over him. No Follows or Forgives.


A timely win for a future stallion prospect

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 1175 Tivaci Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 7 59.0
2 52425 Le Romain Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 10 59.0
3 67898 Jungle Edge Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 4 59.0

In The Running

JUNGLE EDGE led them up and LE ROMAIN moved up on his outside. A STRONG tempo was set-up and TIVACI got well back.

The Result

TIVACI $9 (1st) came to the outside and ran on best to catch LE ROMAIN $4 (2nd 0.3L), who had driven past JUNGLE EDGE $13 (3rd 1.6L) to hit the lead.

The Interest

What a win by TIVACI! He's a serious Group 1 horse now after being unlucky in both the Newmarket (blocked) and TJ Smith (stuck wide, bias against). He is due to go to stud, but may race on now and could even be a good horse for The Everest in the Spring. LE ROMAIN back on-track after a step back in the Doncaster. ENGLISH loomed up and just couldn't see out the testing 1400m. Follow TIVACI.


Track bias turnarounds keep punters guessing

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 9422 Raiment James Cummings James Doyle 13 56.0
2 8148 Invincibella Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 54.0
3 1333 Smart Amelia Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 11 54.0

In The Running

DIDDUMS went to the lead from PROMPT RESPONSE working up wide on the outside at a STRONG tempo. MY COUNTRY wide and RAIMENT wide with cover before coming four wide (no cover) before the turn. INVINCIBELLA slowish and got back.

The Result

RAIMENT $5.5 (1st) loomed up and kicked right away from the chasers, INVINCIBELLA $6 (2nd 4.5L) running on and SMART AMELIA $9 (3rd 4.6L) chasing out wide. PROMPT RESPONSE $3.5F (4th 5.4L) and DIDDUMS $4.8 (5th 6.5L).

The Interest

The top six fillies ran in the PJ Bell a couple of weeks ago over 1200m and the different bias today (was strong NEAR RAILS that day) made a big difference. RAIMENT back to peak form again with a big win, INVICIBELLA getting a fairer chance and DIDDUMS not getting the 'red carpet' run she got last time. ZUMBELINA $18 (6th 8.4L) a horse that could improve on dry and in the report [vet: poor post race recovery]. MY COUNTRY unfortunately bled [vet: bled]. Follow RAIMENT. Forgive ZUMBELINA.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 4460 Kellyville Flyer Jason Attard Tim Clark 10 53.0
2 9422 Duca Valentinois James Cummings Craig Williams 2 53.5
3 63825 Maurus John P Thompson Jason Collett 7 61.0

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