Yard to the Post @ Royal Randwick

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 27 May 2017

Group One racing in Queensland took most of the attention today, even for the few punters that gathered in the Randwick betting ring. The popular CLEARLY INNOCENT was dominant in the feature Kingsford-Smith Cup after winning at Scone. He'll now be a short-priced favourite for the Stradbroke in a couple of weeks time.

In Sydney, wet off-season Randwick turf was a real test for gallopers, the type of track we can expect a lot more of as winter looms.

The day started with a very impressive win by Godolphin two-year-old KEMENTARI, who will head north to the Queensland Carnival now after out-classing a strong field over 1,400 metres. He was a touch green on debut and showed big improvement today. An exciting horse.

Later in Race 7, the Waller stable played a big hand in another Godolphin galloper winning the Listed McKell Cup. Before the race, favourite BROADSIDE seemed destined to get a good on-pace run near a FAIR tempo, but Waller's BEYOND THANKFUL changed that by putting pressure on the lead. Second-favourite ALLERGIC relished the tempo up-front and stormed home late for a much needed win.

The Quaddie had started with favourite IN TIMES OF WAR winning Race 6, but ended with longer-priced chances KUDERO and MAGICAL STANCE knocking punters out in the last two legs.

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

Track Info

ConditionsSOFT 6


Serious class on show in the first

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Kementari James Cummings Tye Angland 6 56.0
2 Easy Go Easy Win John Sargent Tim Clark 9 56.0
3 Sambro Chris Waller Joshua Parr 11 56.0

In The Running

SAMBRO took up the running from EASY GO EASY WIN at a STEADY tempo. KEMENTARI in the box sea, ARRESTAR was stuck wide with no cover, AFRICAN RAINBOW a touch keen back in the pack.

The Result

KEMENTARI (1st) came off heels and strode right away from the pack late. EASY GO EASY WIN (2nd 4L) and SAMBRO (3rd 5.3L) held their spot. HELIOSPHERE (4th 5.3L) and ICON OF DUBAI (5th 5.4L) made ground.

The Interest

KEMENTARI much too good, as the others peaked on their sprint, he really charged to the line and broke well clear of the chasing pack. HELIOSPHERE and ICON OF DUBAI good too. A hint of bias towards the horses on the inside early in the day, so maybe some forgiveness for horses like AFRICAN RAINBOW (7.6L 8th) and PADRAIG (8.3L 10th). Follow KEMENTARI.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Clipper Matthew Dale Tim Clark 2 53.5
2 Suncraze Melanie O'Gorman Jason Collett 10 54.0
3 Major Sharpe Joseph Ible Jay Ford 5 55.0

The Interest

UNDER THE THUMB in the vets report [vet: poor post-race recovery].


Lever leverages the inside running

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Monasterio Chris Waller Chad Lever 9 55.0
2 Cross Stitch Chris Waller Christian Reith 2 53.0
3 Lord Kingsley Lauri Wray Jay Ford 12 53.0

In The Running

LORD MACAU took up the running at an honest FAIR tempo. GARBHAN behind them looking for room on the turn and LORD KINGSLEY a bit tight at the back too. MONASTERIO took the inside runs on the rails.

The Result

MONASTERIO (1st) snuck up the inside to win from CROSS STITCH (2nd 0.5L) fighting on. LORD KINGSLEY (3rd 0.6L) and MANDALAY BAY (4th 0.7L) ran on.

The Interest

A sneaky ride from Chad Lever got this Waller galloper home. A nice horse, but no world-beater. LORD KINGSLEY better this time after some 'up-and-down' form and MANDALAY BAY good at his first start in Sydney. In an even finish, it was an odd run from GARBHAN (7th 3.7L), who seemed to peak on this run, but could be worth forgiving (held up, tightened). Forgive GARBHAN.


Another swooper flies up the inside

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 So Willie Chris Waller Jason Collett 11 57.5
2 Supply And Demand Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 7 56.0
3 Kingsguard Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 2 55.0

In The Running

KINGSGUARD led from PIRATE BEN. SUPPLY AND DEMAND behind the leaders and came wider on the turn. SO WILLIE snagged back to the tail of the field. CHANDANA stuck three wide no cover. A FAIR tempo set up.

The Result

SUPPLY AND DEMAND (2nd 0.8L) took over, but SO WILLIE (1st) ran home hard from the back to win well on the line. KINGSGUARD (3rd 2.1L) fighting on and SALSONIC (4th 2.2L) running on.

The Interest

Two in-form gallopers battled this one out, the patient ride on SO WILLIE and a few breaks on the inside paying off in the end. They can continue to race well and KINGSGUARD will be ready next start third-up too. SIGNPOSTED (5th 3L) also in that category after a much better run here. CHANDANA in the report and stuck wide [vet: speedy cut to the off-hind fetlock]. Follow KINGSGUARD and SIGNPOSTED. Forgive CHANDANA.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 My True Love Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 60.0
2 Our Belisa John P Thompson Luke Currie 17 57.0
3 Nettoyer Wendy Roche Jay Ford 1 54.5

The Interest

MY TRUE LOVE absolutely dominated the tempo in this and dashed clear of them. The fastest final 200m sectionals came from SEEBLUME, HITTITE and NETTOYER, who all could be worth following in the future, along with the winner. Follow MY TRUE LOVE and SEEBLUME.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 In Times of War Chris Waller Tim Clark 11 54.5
2 Love's a Fantasy Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 12 53.5
3 Feelin the Love Kris Lees Tye Angland 13 56.5

The Interest

IN TIMES OF WAR did peak on her run late, but good power to the 200m got her the win despite being wide. This race set-up well for her, especially with SISKEN not showing the dash she needed back from 1300m to 1200m. Follow her up in distance and IN TIMES OF WAR around the 1100m to 1200m mark. LOVE'S A FANTASY has come back well. MAGIC OF DREAMS in the report and out for three months [vet: bled]. Follow IN TIMES OF WAR, SISKEN and LOVE'S A FANTASY.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Allergic James Cummings Joshua Parr 9 59.0
2 Broadside Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 53.0
3 Soviet Courage Chris Waller Christian Reith 7 53.0

The Interest

The two favourites fought this one out, BROADSIDE ever so brave on-pace and ALLERGIC showing his class from the back. Judging by the sectionals from BROADSIDE the distance was no concern and he can turn the tables next time with the right weight. SLOW PACE in the vets report [vet: poor post-race recovery]. Follow BROADSIDE.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Kudero Clarry Conners Jason Collett 8 54.5
2 Badajoz James Cummings Michael Dee 1 53.0
3 The Monstar Brett Cavanough Tye Angland 11 60.0


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Magical Stance Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 8 61.5
2 Imperator Augustus Darren Weir Michael Dee 4 58.5
3 Level Eight Peter & Paul Snowden Koby Jennings 16 59.0

The Interest

The Bull (Race 9) – apost-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery and respiratory distress.

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