Yard to the Post | Royal Randwick

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 31 July 2021


Following a winter of badly-biased tracks the combination of drying ground and a wide rail (+12 metres) at Royal Randwick provided fair racing today. 

There were some impressive wins on the firmer surface, SO WICKED sprinting clear to win Race 3 over 1,800 metres, MIRRA VISION dominating the higher grade sprinters in the BM 88 (Race 7) and SIXGUN (picture) looping the field out wide to win over 1,000 metres with the blinkers on first time (Race 8).

A full review is provided below, from the yard to the post.



Track Info

Rail+12m 900m-W/Post, +10m Remainder
ConditionsGOOD 4
WeatherFINE
BiasFAIR

Race 1 ATC THANK YOU STABLE STAFF HANDICAP

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Tamerlane James Cummings Hugh Bowman 12 57.5
2 Selburose Chris Waller Tim Clark 7 56.5
3 Vreneli Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 8 61.5

In The Yard

Most fine. TAMERLANE on his toes as usual. PENSATO 90% fit first-up. SKEDADDLE less powerful than most others, but still a nice type.

The Interest

The tempo was only STEADY and TAMERLANE powered home with a big finishing sprint. There were a few with excuses. VRENILI keen in the lead, SELEQUE blocked making her run and SKEDADDLE just seemed to be out-kicked before surging home well enough late. SELBUROSE is a horse with decent acceleration so she had her chance on-pace.


Race 2 TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Sunrise Ruby Mitchell Beer Glen Boss 12 54.5
2 Philipsburg James Ponsonby Joshua Parr 4 56.5
3 Mr Hussill Cameron Crockett Kerrin McEvoy 2 58.0


Race 3 ATC THANKS FRONTLINE WORKERS HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 So Wicked Chris Waller James McDonald 1 60.5
2 Margie Bee Kristen Buchanan Ms Rachel King 2 58.0
3 My Demetra Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 8 54.0

In The Yard

Most fine in the yard, RULES DON'T APPLY the plainest looking in the yard. SO WICKED a bit neater and more muscular than the other favourites.

The Interest

The tempo was FAIR and SO WICKED simply had too much dash on the firm ground. Nothing was making too much ground late, MY DEMETRA and ZING putting in decent runs after getting revved up wider on the turn.


Race 4 THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Silent Agenda Joseph Pride Ms Rachel King 5 52.0
2 Bethencourt Kim Waugh Tim Clark 9 55.0
3 Badoosh Matthew Dunn Hugh Bowman 4 58.5

In The Yard

Most fine. SILENT AGENDA a robust type that could get over a distance. NYAMI a touch warm in the yard.

The Interest

SILENT AGENDA got the win with the low weight, but MR GEE was unlucky not to win after getting blocked and BETHENCOURT was stuck wide the trip. BADOOSH and CRIMINAL CODE ran well enough. SAVVY LEGEND just too one-paced and he could be worth forgiving up in distance. A bunched field and slowish time suggests the form should be followed with some caution.


Race 5 MIDWAY HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Ashman Kim Waugh Brock Ryan 14 61.5
2 Rock My Wand Matthew Smith Tommy Berry 5 55.5
3 Zorocat Damien Lane Jason Collett 1 57.5

In The Yard

Most looking fine in the yard. FOXBOROUGH OK first-up. ZOROCAT just a bit fizzy.

The Interest

ASHMAN is a new recruit for the Kim Waugh stable and he relished the dry ground second-up after rolling along in the lead at a FAIR to STRONG tempo giving most others their chance. FOXBOROUGH held up a bit at the back and SERENA was stuck wide no cover. ROCK MY WAND ran pretty well for 2nd considering she prefers softer ground and had a few weeks off into this run.


Race 6 ATC THANK YOU OWNERS HANDICAP

steady tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Wairere Falls Chris Waller James McDonald 5 56.0
2 California Longbow Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 6 57.5
3 Cognac Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire (a1.5) 4 58.5

In The Yard

CALIFORNIA LONGBOW was about 90% fit first-up. The import DICK WHITTINGTON a nice long balanced type that looked a bit fitter in the yard.

The Interest

Only a STEADY tempo and the form out of this race could be mixed, James McDonald giving WAIRERE FALLS the perfect ride and he dashed clear, seeming to much prefer a dry Randwick to the conditions he has been facing recently. Victoria raider MR TIPLA a touch awkward around the turn before getting tightened / out-sprinted. Nice to see COGNAC finally hitting the line. MONEGAL warmed up late from the back and DICK WHITTINGTON will need further to show his best. Bjorn Baker said there was nothing wrong with CANASTA, but the very late market drift and poor performance suggests otherwise.


Race 7 MOËT & CHANDON HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Mirra Vision Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 5 56.0
2 New Arrangement Chris Waller James McDonald 10 59.0
3 Madam Legend Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 7 55.0

In The Yard

All horses looking well in the yard. NEW ARRANGEMENT shining, strong and beautifully-balanced.

The Interest

Not many of these were strong late in what was a pretty testing race thanks to SURF DANCER in the lead. MIRRA VISION in career best form this prep and she was too strong from NEW ARRANGEMENT making ground from the back. You'd think MADAM LEGEND will improve from the run after stepping straight to 1400m second-up and looming strongly 200m out.


Race 8 PRECISE AIR HANDICAP

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Sixgun Mark Newnham Tom Sherry 11 56.5
2 Battleground Matthew Dale Jason Collett 8 55.5
3 Nikohli Beagle Jarrod Austin Tommy Berry 15 58.5

In The Yard

THE NEON KNIGHT about 90% fit first-up. DUCHESS just a bit fizzy in the yard.

The Interest

SIXGUN is a sprinter that really fights hard late and he needed all of that determination here after a wide run into the wind. BATTLEGROUND with a nice return. BRAZENPINE and DUCHESS held up most of the straight when looking to be travelling well. DE GRAWIN 2//5 lame.


Race 9 FUJITSU GENERAL HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Valaquenta James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 5 54.5
2 Spaceboy Gary Portelli Ms Ellen Hennessy (a3) 8 59.0
3 Broken Arrows Matthew Dunn Jason Collett 7 54.0

In The Yard

BEST STONE about 90% fit. LIBERTY SUN fit enough, but he's got less muscle bulk than most of these. VALAQUENTA playing with the bit and looking pretty fit first-up.

The Interest

VALAQUENTA was due to head to Adelaide for black-type racing and he was strong first-up to win. BROKEN ARROWS (blocked) had his back though and was travelling strongly when Jason Collett took risky inside runs that didn't work out well (blocked 200m). SPACEBOY very brave up on the pace as always. You can probably follow the top three next start.


Race 10 ATC THANK YOU TRAINERS HANDICAP

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Night Of Power Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 8 57.5
2 Ranges Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 12 57.0
3 Cuban Royale Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 10 58.5

In The Yard

KORDIA in good shape and most others fine. RADIPOLE with low muscle and about 90% fit. BALANSA about 80% to 90% fit.

The Interest

CUBAN ROYALE was wide no cover and unlucky not to win this, NIGHT OF POWER the recipient of the perfect trail on the back of the runner-up following a long run of outs. KORDIA was chopped out late when right in the finish. ESCAPED a little tight for room late too. The overall time suggests the form from this race might be weaker.



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