Yard to the Post | Royal Randwick

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 19 December 2020


A decent off season meeting with some horses to follow in the future. None more so than BIG PARADE (picture), who looked impressive winning by 3.3 lengths in Race 9, turning the tables on MO'S CROWN following a first-up flop.

EDISON produced another brave win in an Open Handicap that didn't provide much competiton for him and Waller's mare SAIGON swept home late to win first-up, a horse that seems to be getting better every prep.

One of the biggest betting plunges of the day went amiss when FULMINA ($1.95) was out-sprinted in Race 5, Waller's pair of NEW ARRANGEMENT and BETCHA FLYING dominating from the front.

A review of the day is provided below.



Track Info

Rail+5m
ConditionsGOOD 4 to SOFT 5, last race raced like a SOFT 6
WeatherSHOWERS
BiasFAIR, lanes three to seven nearer inside playing well

Race 1 PRECISE AIR HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Paulele James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5
2 Zarastro Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 56.0
3 Forzanini Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 4 54.0

The Interest

PAULELE led all the way and was too good, running 1:10.16 at a FAIR tempo over the 1200m, a run that rated 60 to 65ish against the older horses. The gap back to the pack (1.8L, dominant win on fair track) suggests the horses chasing were safely held and they all had their chance apart from COASTWATCH (wide, vet issues).


Race 2 TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 2 HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Rich And Shameless Scott Singleton Ms Louise Day 2 55.5
2 Designer Dance Emma & Lucy Longmire Robbie Dolan 10 54.0
3 Nuremburg Castle Matthew Dale Tommy Berry 3 55.5

The Interest

RICH AND SHAMELESS got the nice drag into the race and won, running 1:16.25 off a STRONG tempo. That rated about 55 for RICH AND SHAMELESS at metro level down on the 53.5kg, who now jumps up to 63 at country level. It was a fairly bunched finish behind.


Race 3 TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 2 HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Another One Gary Colvin Tom Sherry 17 58.0
2 Kattegat Natalie Jarvis Ms Rachel King 1 56.5
3 Clay Pan Boogie James Ponsonby Ms Winona Costin 5 54.0

The Interest

ANOTHER ONE was simply too strong out in the lead, running 1:16.19 off a FAIR tempo. The time was 0.06 seconds faster than the other Highway (STRONG tempo) and importantly the pack was bunched chasing 3L behind so we can be pretty sure those horses ran to their mark, leaving ANOTHER ONE with a rating of about 63 to 65 at metro level. He now jumps to 72 at country level following the win.


Race 4 SCHEMBRAE'S @ BLUEBERRY HILLS HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Gone Bye Mark Newnham Tom Sherry 2 57.0
2 Parry Sound Bjorn Baker Tommy Berry 6 56.0
3 Trevelyan Stephen O'Halloran Ms Cejay Graham 3 57.0

The Interest

GONE BYE very tough to win here, holding off PARRY SOUND and TREVELYAN. A fairly bunched finish with 3.2L between the top ten, but the time was OK and there is some depth in the form, so it looks like a pretty standard BM 88.


Race 5 SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP

slow tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 New Arrangement Chris Waller James McDonald 3 58.5
2 Betcha Flying Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.0
3 Cisco Bay Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Robbie Dolan 12 57.0

The Interest

A SLOW tempo so those at the back had no chance. There is a case for splitting the race in two mid-race for ratings purposes given how slow the tempo was (two groups of five). NEW ARRANGEMENT a dominant winner from the front group, but CISCO BAY (3rd, wide), FULMINA (6th, out-sprinted) and OAKFIELD MISSILE (8th, out-sprinted, off heels) all ran well from the back group too. Both groups given a Standard form rating (with a + for NEW ARRANGEMENT's dominant win).


Race 6 RANVET HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Saigon Chris Waller Tommy Berry 10 56.0
2 Sausedge Matthew Dale Ms Rachel King 12 59.0
3 Maui Girl Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 4 55.5

The Interest

After controlling a steady tempo last time, James Mac rolled on VITESSE at a STRONG tempo, suiting the strong finishers SAIGON and SAUSEDGE from the back. SAIGON a progressive type that should improve into the prep, but she did get the tempo to suit here. A Standard rated race initially (time good, form-lines a touch weak). BRING THE RANSOM pulled up with significant vet issues.


Race 7 CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Our Bellagio Miss Gregory Hickman Ms Rachel King 7 52.0
2 Sally's Day Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 2 53.5
3 Lashes Matthew Smith James McDonald 12 58.5

The Interest

OUR BELLAGIO MISS and SALLY'S DAY too strong for these, but some mixed form-lines coming into the race and a fair time puts some doubts on the form. Starting the race off as a Below Standard (-1L) race for ratings. The tempo was STRONG as it often is over this distance.


Race 8 BISLEY WORKWEAR HANDICAP

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Edison Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 11 54.0
2 Hilo James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 53.0
3 Irithea John O'Shea Joshua Parr 9 59.0

The Interest

EDISON always in a controlling spot, kicking on early off a STEADY tempo with a bit of a longish sprint home. The time was only plain so the race looks Below Standard (-1L), but it was a dominant win to EDISON. Excuses for IRISH SONGS (11th, keen, off heels) and CRADLE MOUNTAIN (13th) knocked up with respiratory noises reported.


Race 9 HEINEKEN HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Big Parade Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 12 56.0
2 Mo's Crown Jason Coyle James McDonald 1 56.5
3 Poetic Charmer Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 13 58.0

The Interest

BIG PARADE was dominant here, beating honest performer MO'S CROWN by 3.3L off a FAIR tempo. It's hard to get a good line on the time (1:09.08) given the track was deteriorating. A case to be made that this was an Above Standard race (+2L/+3L) and the chasing pack ran well too, the form already stamped with THREEOOD coming out and winning at Gosford. The runs of YAMAZAKI (5th, weaved through pack) and MCCORMACK (7th, out widest) were of note too, but they did have enough tempo to run home off in the smallish field.


Race 10 SCHWEPPES HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Bluff 'N' Bluster Jason Coyle Ms Rachel King 8 55.5
2 St Covet's Spirit Jason Coyle Tim Clark 4 58.0
3 More Prophets John Thompson Hugh Bowman 3 56.5

The Interest

A few of these went through a new pain barrier over a testing 1400m (rain coming, STRONG tempo). The track definitely played worse than a SOFT 5 for this race. BLUFF'N'BUSTER very strong late and probably should have won by more after he was blocked for a run. A Standard level of Form given depth in form-lines, it is hard to assess the time.



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