Leggup | Randwick, Flemington, all the group races preview and tips


Massive day of racing headlined once again by the mighty Winx, who chases an record equalling fourth Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick.

The ighty mare looks the only lock for the day with the other majors certain to be well contested.

Race 3  – SKYLINE STAKES (1200m, Group 2)

Several quality two-year-olds go around here and potential Golden Slipper candidates.

Expecting Accessions $15 quote in the Slipper will be cut after this. His last start, when second to Castelvecchio  at Warwick Farm, was huge.

The colt was wide throughout took off at the 600m hit the front and fought on strongly, when not entitled to. Small field here and Randwick in Accession’s favour.

Respect for Godolphin last start winners, Microphone and Bivouac and Cosmic Force will appreciate 1200m.

Best: Accession. Dangers: Cosmic Force, Microphone.

Race 4 – Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m, Group 2)

The Snowden’s will throw a set of blinkers on Anaheed and the filly does look the one to beat. She won here, on a heavy track before a fifth to Catch Me in Melbourne. Anaheed was slightly held-up at Caulfield and was reluctant to take a run, so banking on the gear change to bring out the best in her. Godolphin’s Amercement and Kiamichi in the mix and James McDonald saddle hops from Still Single to ride Kiamichi.

Best: Anaheed. Dangers: Kiamichi, Amercement.

Race 5 – LIVERPOOL CITY CUP (1300m, Group 3)

Dreamforce probably would have got more out of a track gallop than he did last start. Dreamforce was unable to find a clear passage and the run was a total forget. Gem Song did well at Warwick Farm last start and was the only winner to come along the fence and was strong at the end. Watch on Kiwi visitor Ever Loyal winner at listed level and has received backing. You Make Me Smile won last three starts, but class rise and no value.

Best: Dreamforce. Dangers: Gem Song, Kaonic.


Watch the mighty mare Winx win again. Stablemate Egg Tart ran well behind Winx last start and if everything points to her having a good preparation. Egg Tart gets in with a light weight in the Doncaster and is $51.

Best: Winx. Dangers: Happy Clapper, Egg Tart.

Race 7 – Surround Stakes (1400m, Group 1)

Some very smart fillies go around here and not a lot between them.

Fiesta scored a super win at Warwick Farm first-up, but apart from the runner-up Estijaab it was a mediocre field. This is harder and the wide (15) is a real concern. Nakeeta Jane won a G2 (1200m) last start beating rivals Madame Rouge and Pohutukawa, with El Dorado Dreaming fourth. Pohutukawa was an eye-catcher and smashed the line the last 50m. El Dorado Dreaming knocked-up and the step-up to 1400m is in her favour.

Best: Pohutukawa. Dangers: El Dorado Dreaming, Fiesta.

Race 8 – GUY WALTER STAKES (1400m, Group 2)

Noire was 6th of nine behind Eckstein last start and worked to the line well when resuming. She three from four when second-up, fitter for this and will be in the firing line. Bella Martini finished off strongly behind Alassio and the extra 200m is in her favour and she is another that will strip fitter. Dixie Blossoms resumes and is honest and Siren’s Fury snuck along the fence late last start and is one for exotics.

Best: Noire. Dangers: Bella Martini, Siren’s Fury.


Race 6 – Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap (1400m, Group 3)

Widgee Turf is knocking on the door of a Group 1 and gets his chance here. Last run was enormous behind Streets Of Avalon at Flemington, when he flashed home from near the rear. Grunt resumes from a spell and is the class runner. Grunt was given a slap down the shoulder in a Cranbourne trial and worked to the line, but he will not be wound-up for this. Streets Of Avalon was superior this track and distance and should get the gun run again.

Best: Widgee Turf. Dangers: Streets Of Avalon, Furrion.

Race 7 – Blamey Stakes (1600m, Group 2)

I’m baffled that Material Man is one of the top horses in betting. That is fine, but Material Man and Manuel chased Alizee last week and for mine Manuel, double figure odds here, was a much better run. He was slow away worked hard and still fought on, while Material Man followed Manuel home and was also behind him when Manuel won the G1 Orr the start before. Mighty Boss and Theanswermyfriend both ran well last start. No Winx here for Tom Melbourne to tackle and he’s honest. Fifty Stars was good in the Orr and will be better for the run.

Best: Manuel. Dangers: Fifty Stars, Theanswermyfriend.

Race 8 – Australian Guineas (1600m, Group 1)

Wraps are big on Tassie filly Mystic Journey and winner at last four starts so impossible to knock. Should get the box-seat from her rails draw. Amphitrite has a Group 1 under her belt and was devastating when she resumed at Flemington, winner second-up and is the one to beat. Ringerdingding took on the older horses in the Futurity Stakes last week and his 10th to Alizee, was better than it looked. He wasn’t comfortable around Caulfield he has won on a seven day back-up before.

Best: Ringerdingding. Dangers: Amphritrite, Mystic Journey.

Race 9 – Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m Group 2)

Oaks winner Aristia resumes and this will probably be too short, but expect her to be running on. Clarice Cliffs is lightly raced and highly promising. She’s been dominant in her three wins from four starts. This toughest test, but drawn and weighted well. Oregon’s Day is another smart mare resuming. She wasn’t let go in a Caulfield jump-out and should be forward enough to run well. Fitness edge for Set To Sparkle, will race on speed which is usually a plus over this trip.

Best: Oregon’s Day. Dangers: Clarice Cliffs, Aristia.

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