Yard to the Post | Royal Randwick

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 11 January 2020


There were a few successful betting moves today at Royal Randwick and a couple of costly favourites in the final two races of the day.

LUVALUVA ($2.5 into $2) (picture), MAN OF PEACE ($51 into $9), ROCHA CLOCK ($3.5 into $2.6) and HELGA ($7 into $3.1) all produced big payouts for savvy early punters who were shopping in the Wednesday and Thursday markers. The moves for mare HELGA and filly ROCHA CLOCK were sustained right until jump time and they both won with ease, adding to the bad results for bookies until things turned late in the day.

In Race 8 the $2.3 fav’ CHARRETERA could only manage a 4.3L 5th to leave a hole in a few punter’ pockets, which was added to by the weak finish of MR DEPENDABLE in Race 9. Waterhouse and Bott's $1.5 fav’ went hard in the lead and looked home before tiring late for 3rd.

A full review of the day will be on-line Sunday 10am.



Track Info

Rail+11m 1600m-W/P, +8m Remainder
ConditionsGOOD 4
WeatherFINE, SE wind easing during day
BiasFAIR

Race 1 BUSHFIRE APPEAL RACE DAY 25TH JANUARY

A tough youngster gets a deserved win

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Splintex Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a1.5) 7 57.5
2 Aquitaine James Cummings Christian Reith 8 56.5
3 Omar Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr 1 57.5

In The Yard

Most looked well in the yard, SPLINTEX and AQUITAINE still in good order into their preps. OMAR fit enough first-up to do something, just a little revved up in the yard.

In The Running

OMAR led from WITHERSPOON at a FAIR tempo, SPLINTEX getting a nice trail 2W with AQUITAINE on his back.

The Result

SPLINTEX (1st) and AQUITAINE (2nd 0.2L) came to the outside and ran on strongly together, AQUITAINE hitting the lead before laying in and getting outfought late. OMAR (3rd 1.5L) not far away.

The Interest

He came from the better form-lines and fights hard in his races, SPLINTEX getting a much-deserved win today third-up. AQUITAINE is a classy horse too though and might have simply thrown this away laying in late under the urging of new jockey Christian Reith. Both horses to keep following in the future. WITHERSPOON not the same horse when she couldn't get the lead.


Race 2 TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Assault'n'bathory Danielle Seib Ms Winona Costin 17 58.5
2 Lady Demi Terry Robinson Brock Ryan 12 57.0
3 Tale Of The Kraut Dean Mirfin Jay Ford 16 53.5


Race 3 BISLEY WORKWEAR HANDICAP

Box seat and too fit for the favourite

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Southern Lad John O'Shea Tom Marquand 2 55.5
2 Special Reward Kris Lees Aaron Bullock 1 57.0
3 Taniko James Cummings Christian Reith 7 55.0

In The Yard

A very even parade, all looking fine, SPECIAL REWARD fit and ready to go first-up. EVER LOYAL and TANIKO both fine first-up too.

In The Running

SPECIAL REWARD led with PASSAGE OF TIME on his outside and SOUTHERN LAD on the rails in the box seat. The tempo only STEADY.

The Result

SOUTHERN LAD (1st) came wider and chased down SPECIAL REWARD (2nd 1L). Those two putting a big gap on the pack led by TANIKO (3rd 5.3L) running on down the outside to grab CRADLE MOUNTAIN (4th 5.6L) for a place.

The Interest

SPECIAL REWARD ran well first-up, but gave the trail to a fitter horse in SOUTHERN LAD, who chased hard to the line like he always does. Interesting that TANIKO and ALBUMIN (6th 8.1L, poor recovery) who had similar form to the winner were well beaten coming wider on the track. CRADLE MOUNTAIN (7th 8.5L) a big drifter and not the same horse these days.


Race 4 JANUARY CUP

Punters in love with this classy mare

slow tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Luvaluva John Sargent Koby Jennings 6 59.0
2 Taikomochi Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 1 56.0
3 Mr Garcia Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 5 54.5

In The Yard

All fine in the yard, TAIKOMOCHI just a touch warm, but no knocks.

In The Running

TAIKOMOCHI led without much pressure early (SLOW tempo). SIR PLUSH raced keenly just behind and LUVALUVA in midfield with cover before moving up 3W from the 850m mark.

The Result

LUVALUVA (1st) was too strong from TAIKOMOCHI (2nd 0.8L) fighting on and MR GARCIA (3rd 0.9L) running on despite laying in.

The Interest

LUVALUVA dominant again against similar horses, the margin small but the result never in doubt. It remains to be seen how strong this form is, MR GARCIA coming from Set Weights races against BM 70 horses and running well. SIR PLUSH poorly ridden, too keen when held together mid-race.


Race 5 RANVET HANDICAP

All the way with the light weight

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Man of Peace Matthew Dale Ms Cejay Graham 1 54.5
2 Nicochet Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O'Hara 10 56.5
3 Napoleon Solo Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Marquand 4 57.5

In The Yard

Another even parade, all pretty much fine. TUNERO a touch hot and unsettled.

In The Running

MAN OF PEACE led from SONDELON and CUBAN ROYALE out 3W NC on the pace. An honest rolling FAIR tempo set up. TUNERO stoked up coming widest on the turn.

The Result

MAN OF PEACE (1st) kept fighting on as NICOCHET (2nd 0.1L) ran on well late. NAPOLEON SOLO (3rd 2.1L) ran on solidly for a place.

The Interest

MAN OF PEACE dropped 22 rating points from country to city, which was huge given he was coming off a strong win last start. He had the bar plates off before that win and it's clearly a big factor for this older horse. NICOCHET improving nicely into this prep and CUBAN ROYALE (6th 2.8L) worth another go after getting stuck wide.


Race 6 TAB VENUE MODE HANDICAP

There's plenty of time for this improving young filly

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Rocha Clock John O'Shea Tom Marquand 5 54.5
2 Cinquedea Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Samantha Clenton 2 61.5
3 Bigboyroy Chris Waller Oisin Orr 11 58.0

In The Yard

SHOWMINDER well in the yard. WAR BARON, BIGBOYROY, ROCHA CLOCK and CINQUEDEA all fine too. FRENZIED a touch warm and a plain-looking type in comparison.

In The Running

BIGBOYROY led from ACADEMY with ROCHA CLOCK in the box seat. A FAIR tempo set up with a pretty sharp sprint on the turn.

The Result

ROCHA CLOCK (1st) swung wider into the clear and surged to the line best to win from CONQUEDEA (2nd 2.3L) running on from midfield and BIGBOYROY (3rd 3.6L).

The Interest

ROCHA CLOCK kept progressing here and produced a new career best, a filly with more upside as she gets to 1800m+ and matures. CINQUEDEA and BIGBOYROY both solid and the rest were pretty disappointing, WAR BARON (4th 5.8L) the only one worth noting after running on from the back. SHOWMINDER (9th 9.1L) was badly out-sprinted at copped a bit of interference on the turn.


Race 7 SCHWEPPES HANDICAP

A big betting plunge hits the target

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Helga Les Bridge Chris Williams (a2) 6 57.5
2 Asharani Kris Lees Ms Samantha Clenton 5 60.5
3 Statuesquely Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4 58.5

In The Yard

HELGA with progression second-up looking better here and ASHARANI looked well too. PUMPKIN PIE on her toes, but better than usual. No obvious negatives.

In The Running

STATUESQUELY led from HELGA and PUMPKIN PIE at a FAIR tempo. ASHARANI near the pace on the inside.

The Result

HELGA (1st) moved up and fought on best to win from ASHARANI (2nd 1.3L) running on and STATUESQUELY (3rd 2.1L) just holding on for a place.

The Interest

The money poured in for HELGA following a strong first-up run, the Les Bridge trained mare backed in from $7 on Wednesday, then $4.2 into $2.8 on the day. She paraded better and produced a new career best here, a mare on the way up this prep. ASHARANI lost no admirers and the rest were just OK. PINUP MISS (8th 6.8L) unfortunately bleeding and will be off for three months now.


Race 8 HEINEKEN 3 HANDICAP

Right horse, right place, right time

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Phaistos James Cummings Christian Reith 5 57.0
2 Onslaught Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Marquand 3 55.5
3 Toryjoy Chris Waller Ms Kathy O'Hara 2 59.0

In The Yard

ALL TOO SOON and VALENTINO ROSSA not fit yet, but not too bad. ONSLAUGHT more settled this time and TORYJOY had pulled through her poor Gosford run just fine, looking well. STROME OK, perhaps not quite striding out fully again.

In The Running

TORYJOY led from CHARRETERA and ALL TOO SOON stuck 3W NC. ONSLAUGHT and PHAISTOS just behind them trailing up behind an honest FAIR tempo.

The Result

PHAISTOS (1st) ran on best to win clearly from ONSLAUGHT (2nd 1L) and TORYJOY (3rd 1.2L) sticking on. ALL TOO SOON (4th 2.8L) was out-sprinted before keeping on again late.

The Interest

It all fell into place for PHAISTOS here and he got the win after some solid recent form. The time of 1:22.85 was just average though and it remains to be seen how much depth there is to this form. The mares ALL TOO SOON and TORYJOY worth following over 1600m+ perhaps. CHARRETERA (5th 4.3L) showing punters again that he doesn't like a fight.


Race 9 SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP

The favourite hits the wall in the finale

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Dabiyr Chris Waller Robbie Dolan 3 61.0
2 Matowi Chris Waller Oisin Orr 6 60.5
3 Mr Dependable Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 11 58.0

In The Yard

DABIYR, MATOWI, JOIGNY and SEEINGISBELIEVING all looked well. MR DEPENDABLE fine. SHALMANESER plain-looking in comparison to the rest.

In The Running

MR DEPENDABLE rolled at a STRONG tempo and went for home early. DABIYR and MATOWI in midfield, MATOWI getting onto heels at the 350m mark and losing some momentum.

The Result

The top two charged home together, DABIYR (1st) on the inside and MATOWI (2nd 0.2L) on the outside, both running straight past a tiring MR DEPENDABLE (3rd 1.7L) late.

The Interest

It looks like Adam Hyeronimus' front-running stop watch is a bit off after the summer break. He charged along in the lead, leaving MR DEPENDABLE with nothing at the 200m mark and punters without much in their wallets too. DABIYR set for a good prep this time in and MATOWI just keeps producing. SEEINGISBELIEVING (5th 2.3L) very solid to the line before getting blocked at the 75m, he could have been much closer to the finish.



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