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Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 12 January 2019
It was a relaxed atmosphere at Royal Randwick this afternoon, most attention north of the border with 'Magic Millions day' on the Gold Coast attracting quality fields chasing the $10 million in prizemoney.
The feature on the card in Sydney was a 1,000-metre showdown between classy wet-tracker JUNGLE EDGE $4.8 and SINGLE BULLET $2.8F (picture), the warm weather, drying track and massive 12.5kg weight relief adding up to a rare win for Gary Portelli's bullet. Money had come for Godolphin's MARSUPIAL $2.9, who was once again disappointing, battling home at the back of the small five-horse field.
SINGLE BULLET was the first of three winners on the card for Robbie Dolan, the young Irish apprentice steering home TURNBERRY and LIVE AND FREE to end they day, continuing his hot run of form over the summer.
Unfortunately for some punters the Irishman's timing in the saddle wasn't matched by other young hoops; Brock Ryan going way too hard in Race 3 on ROMAN TYPHOON $31, who finished 11 lengths off the winner and left fellow on-pacer CATESBY $5.5 paddling to the line in 4th. Then Jean Van Overmeire was very unpopular in TURBERRY's race later in the day, carving up favourite THY KINGDOM COME $1.95 on KING TOMLOLA $11, the rapid tempo giving the favourite no chance.