SATURDAY 28 MAY 2016 – ROYAL RANDWICK
Rail: +3m Entire Circuit
THEMIS (Race 3, 12.30pm, 1400m, No. 3, rider Sam Clipperton, 59kg).
Themis (Not a Single Doubt x Thebe), three-year-old filly. After a sound run over 2000m in Queensland last week, this filly is back to 1400m and she could not be going any better. She never runs a bad race, she has shown she is versatile and she certainly has her foot on the till. I really like the way this filly can power home or lead if required and with the big drop in class, she will be very hard to beat on Saturday. She is due for a win. Good winning chance.
ECUADOR (Race 7, 3.05pm, 2400m, No. 1, rider Adam Hyeronimus, 59.5kg).
Ecuador (High Chaparral x Bak da Princess), six-year-old gelding. Last start this gelding led the field on a merry dance and proved far too good for his rivals. He is stepping up to 2400m for the first time, and despite the presence of the current Caulfield Cup favourite in the race, Ecuador has a brilliant chance to make it two in a row. Adam is a great front-running rider, and this gelding has shown he certainly likes being on the pace. When Ecuador hits his stride, and is well rated, there are very few horses that can get past him. For this reason, I think he will take a power of beating and he is very close to an each way special with big winning claims.
CAPED CRUSADER (Race 9, 4.25pm, 1400m, No. 1, rider Adam Hyeronimus, 63kg).
Caped Crusader (O'reilly x Aria), four-year-old gelding. After two good runs at 1200m, this gelding now steps up to 1400m and despite the Bernborough like weight of 63kg, he again will prove very hard to catch. 3rd up last time the gelding won at Randwick and there is no reason he can’t do it again. Giving over 10kg to his closest rival is not ideal, but I have this boy fit and firing and he will be right in the finish. Great each way chance.
SATURDAY 28 MAY 2016 – KEMBLA GRANGE
Rail: +8m Entire Circuit
SEBRARIAN (Race 5, 2.14pm, 1200m, No. 4, rider Rachel King (a2), 58kg).
Sebrarian (Sebring x Anabarbarian), two-year-old colt. Since mid-summer, this colt has had three trials and he is more than ready to make an instant impact on debut. He looks a middle distance horse in the making, but in the meantime, the 1200m is the perfect starting step. Rachel King is in great form and despite the wide barrier, I think this colt has the natural speed to find a spot near the front then be very strong to the line. My two-year-olds have been flying of late, and I believe this colt could be a very good horse in the making. He can win. Great winning chance.