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SATURDAY 13TH JULY – RANDWICK

Rail Position: RAIL - +9m 1600m to Winning Post, 6m remainder


WANARUAH (Race 1, 11.10pm, 1400m, A Hyeronimus, 58kg)
Wanaruah was excellent when winning in great fashion on debut at Canterbury just over three weeks ago. He’s come through that run in wonderful order and has taken plenty of confidence from it. He’s taken another step forward in his subsequent trackwork, and he strips fitter and tighter in condition here. Adam knows him well and will be positive from barrier 11 to get him rolling along into a forward position where he can travel comfortably. We expect the step up to 1400 metres to be of great benefit to him second-up, and whilst he showed good balance and agility to handle the tight turning nature of the course in his last start at Canterbury we feel the more expansive track at Randwick should cater to his strengths here. He’s up in grade so he needs to keep improving, but he's got a huge amount of upside and he's an exciting colt with plenty of talent so we expect him to be challenging at the finish.

 

I’MINTOWIN (Race 5, 1.30pm, 1800m, A McLucas, 62kg)
I’mintowin has been in terrific form so far this campaign and ran another creditable race in his last start. The lack of tempo in the race during the middle stages made it difficult for him to get into the contest from where he was positioned following his slow start, but to his credit he worked home nicely in the straight despite not getting the smoothest run in transit and battled gamely to be beaten less than a length at the line. He’s come through that outing in good shape and continues to thrive on his work. He is a picture of health at present, and he's done plenty of schooling sessions at the barriers since his last run so he should hopefully jump on terms this time. We expect the rise in distance to 1800 metres to bring about additional improvement third-up, and Amy’s two kilo claim is a big positive that enables him to come back slightly in grade and only carry 60kg as a result. Amy will be positive from barrier 9 to get him rolling along into a forward position where she can then hopefully control the race to suit herself, and he's been unlucky to not grace the Winners' Circle so far this campaign so with even luck in running we hope he can put that right here and give them all something to catch.

 

ZOUPHORIA (Race 6, 2.05pm, 1400m, R King, 55kg)
Zouphoria ran a much-improved race in her latest start and showed us what we know she's capable of producing. It was encouraging to see her race so well on the Heavy surface, as she hadn't been at her best on it previously. However, it gives us confidence that she'll get through tomorrow's track which is currently rated a Heavy 8 but which will hopefully be upgraded slightly come 2pm tomorrow. 1400 metres appears to suit her well so she sticks at this trip for now, and she's only up half a kilo in the weights from last time so she's weighted to be extremely competitive once again. She’s drawn well in barrier 5 so Rachel will be positive from here to try and take control of the race, and whilst it's another competitive contest if she reproduces her last start effort then we expect her to be challenging at the finish.

 

 

HA HA HA (Race 7, 2.40pm, 1600m, N Rawiller, 59kg)
We were disappointed with Ha Ha Ha’s finishing position in her last start, but there were excuses for her below par effort on that occasion and we feel that you can put a line through that performance. It’s not uncommon for horses to underperform following a big first-up effort in very testing ground conditions, especially after a long absence, and she then chased a hot pace last time so was entitled to be vulnerable late. She's continued to train well since and she now stretches out to the mile which is what we've been wanting to see her over, but we've just had to plot our path carefully. Barrier 14 isn't ideal but Nash has plenty of time to work forward and get across into a better position, and depending on how the track plays it might not be the worst thing to be off the rail anyway. She's taking on the boys here having been restricted to fillies and mares' races thus far this preparation, but she gets her 2kg sex allowance and with Nash aboard she'll carry very little deadweight which we always prefer. We expect this step up in trip third-up to bring her to her peak, and she should be right there at the finish. 

 

RUSSIAN RONI (Race 8, 3.20pm, 1400m, A McLucas, 56kg)
Russian Roni ran an excellent race first-up to overcome his wide barrier and fight out the finish over a trip short of his best. He showed his terrific attitude to battle gamely down the straight and was closing again at the line, so we expect him to relish the step up to 1400 metres. He rises in grade to Benchmark 88 company in this contest so he needs to improve, but as a result he drops in the weights and Amy’s additional two kilo claim enables him to carry a very attractive weight of 54kg here. He's drawn well this time, so Amy will be positive from barrier 5 to get him rolling along into a forward position where he can get into a good rhythm and travel comfortably towards the head of the field. He handled the Heavy 8 well in his last start so we aren’t overly concerned by the going, and he’s in terrific order so we hope to see him rise to the challenge and be fighting out the finish once again.

 

BEAR ON THE LOOSE (Race 9, 4pm, 1800m, N Rawiller, 57.5kg)
Bear On The Loose gave us all such a thrill when winning so impressively in his first Australian start two weeks ago. He got into a lovely rhythm on the speed and when he was asked to go and win his race at the top of the straight, he showed a great turn of foot to surge clear of his rivals and register a dominant victory. He’s come through that run in wonderful order, and he is thriving at present. He’s got a great appetite, his coat looks terrific, and we couldn’t be happier with how he is training at this stage in the campaign. Ideally our usual preference would be to step up in distance second-up, but given his rating the option simply isn’t there. However, Randwick is a stiffer test of stamina so whilst he's over 1800 metres again we think the additional demands of this track will play to his strengths. Nash will be positive from the wide drawn to get him into a forward position, and ideally he'll try and repeat the tactics he used so successfully last time. He's up in grade and it's a competitive race so he needs to keep improving, but he's a talented gelding with plenty of upside and we expect him to be hard to beat once again.

 

SATURDAY 13TH JULY – NEWCASTLE

Rail Position: RAIL - True

 

EXCEED PERFECTION (Race 9, 4.20pm, 1600m, J Van Overmeire, 57.5kg)
Exceed Perfection ran another creditable race in his last start at Newcastle two weeks ago. He had to work hard in the early stages to get across from his wide barrier, and this coupled with the pace pressure he received in the middle stages just left him vulnerable at the finish. He’s come through that outing in good shape though, and whilst the step out in distance to 1600 metres is a step into the unknown we are hopeful that the tempo of the race over this distance will enable him to get into a better rhythm in the middle stages and allow him to finish stronger through the line. He’s fourth-up now so his fitness is where we want it to be, and Jean will be positive from barrier 7 to get him rolling along into a position where he can travel comfortably. It's a large and competitive field so he'll need to be at the top of his game, but he's a genuine colt and we expect him to be in it for a long way.

 

SUNDAY 14TH JULY – BALLARAT

Rail Position: RAIL - Out 9m Entire Circuit

NOT SO COMMON (Race 3, 1.35pm, 1600m, L Meech, 59.5kg)
Not So Common ran a terrific race first-up and just got tired in the closing stages. He has come through that outing in good shape, and he has shown nice improvement in his subsequent track work. We expect him to relish the rise in distance to 1600 metres here, and Linda will be positive from barrier 8 to get him rolling along into a prominent position on or just behind the speed, and if he gets to the front hopefully he can set a tempo to suit himself. With all the rain around the week the track conditions are currently testing and rated a Heavy 8, but he handled similar conditions well in his most recent outing, so we are not overly concerned by the going. He’s in terrific order, and he’s open to plenty of improvement second-up so we expect him to be hard to beat.

 

SUNDAY 14TH JULY – SUNSHINE COAST

Rail Position: RAIL - True Entire Course

ZOUMON (Race 5, 2.50pm, 2400m, W Costin, 59kg)
Zoumon ran well for a long way in his most recent outing at Ipswich. He looked like the winner turning into the straight before then peaking on his effort in the run to the line. While the finishing position looks disappointing on paper, he was only 3.2 lengths from the winner. He has taken further improvement from the run, and he promises to be suited by the step up to 2400 metres now that he's third-up this preparation. He won this race last year so we know that he's suited by the race conditions, but he was rated 95 then and carried 54.5kg so it's certainly going to be tougher for him this year. However, he looks terrific at present and his coat is really starting to blossom in the winter sunshine. Winona will try to go forward from barrier 9 to lead or sit close to the pace, and with all the rain around the track is currently rated a Heavy 10 so it's going to be a genuine test of stamina. However, he has won on Heavy tracks in a lesser grade earlier in his career so we are confident he will handle the conditions presented. This is a competitive race, but the extra week between runs hasn't done him any harm and he's ready to peak now third-up so we hope he'll be hard to run down.