2019 Bondi Stakes Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:55pm AEDT

Kirkham Plate (1000m)

Eight juveniles will step out in the first on Bondi Stakes Day and of those runners, only one has exposed form.

This race is not for me and I am happy to wait until the second to begin my day.

     No Bet

Race 2 - 1:35pm AEDT

Highway Handicap (1800m)

Black Wand was probably a run short when he resumed for fourth in a Highway race a fortnight ago, but he’ll enjoy good improvement from that effort and can win this. The Trusting gelding has been a strong and consistent performer for Matt Dunn throughout his racing career and won over 1800m at Rosehill most notably last time.

          2 Units Black Wand

Race 3 - 2:10pm AEDT

Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m)

The first black type race of the day has drawn eight three-year-olds and the resuming Diamond Thunder looks over the odds at his opening quote ($8 at publish). The Dawn Approach gelding was nothing short of outstanding for Mark Newnham last time in; recording three wins and a placing from his four starts, including a Listed race. He’s had the benefit of a couple of trials and has options from the rails draw.

             1.5 Units E/W Diamond Thunder

Race 4 - 2:45pm AEDT

Robrick Lodge Filante Handicap (1400m)

Greyworm has returned to the races in typically strong form this time and will take beating in the fourth on Bondi Stakes Day. The Master Of Design clearly needed the run when he did nothing to threaten first-up, but he has since recorded two dominant wins in three subsequent starts and is rock-hard fit for this contest. He’s drawn well on the inside of this field and there’s nothing to suggest he won’t be in the finish again.

             4 Units Greyworm

Race 5 - 3:20pm AEDT

Group 3 The Nivison (1200m)

Reelem In Ruby will take good improvement into the second start of her campaign and is primed to win. The Team Snowden-trained mare does not know how to run a bad race and has recorded three wins and five placings from only eight career starts. She ran on late to finish second in BM88 company here at Randwick first-up and this looks the perfect black type race for her.

           2 Units Reelem In Ruby

Race 6 - 3:55pm AEDT

Listed Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m)

Rapido Chaparro has returned to the races in career-best form this time and is up to winning the Tattersalls Club Cup. The five-year-old son of High Chaparral hasn’t finished worse than second at his last four starts and was last seen leading all the way in the Port Macquarie Cup. This is a rise in class, but he has continued to improve as Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have lifted the bar and he’ll give what is only a fair field something to chase.

        2 Units Rapido Chaparro

Race 7 - 4:35pm AEDT

Bondi Stakes (1600m)

Kubrick failed to fire in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas, but he is an excellent horse and is up to winning the inaugural running of the Bondi Stakes. The Shooting To Win colt returned two pleasing efforts to finish on the placegetters’ heels in his two starts prior to the Caulfield Guineas this time, and he looks to be at peak fitness for this race. Brenton Avdulla has options in transit from the rails draw and will take beating.

             2 Units Kubrick

Race 8 - 5:20pm AEDT

Kogaroo Handicap (1200m)

The eighth race looms as the most open on Bondi Stakes day from a betting perspective and at publish we’re faced with around $5 the field.

Roosevelt has drawn a potentially sticky barrier (13), but he has continued to strip fitter with each start this time and looks a chance here at a nice price ($7.50 at publish). The Godolphin-trained four-year-old has finished fourth at each of his last three starts, including a dash down the straight at Flemington last time out, and a return to the Sydney way of going should suit. His best form has him up to a race of this quality.

                1 Unit E/W Roosevelt

Race 9 - 6pm AEDT

Daily Press Handicap (1500m)

Sausedge faces a rise in class into the last on Bondi Stakes Day, but she has the runs on the board and is up to winning at a price ($8 at publish). The four-year-old daughter of Shamus Award dusted off the cobwebs with a fair effort over 1200m at Warwick Farm first-up and has won each of her two subsequent starts, including a decent BM87 race at Canberra last time by five lengths.

                 1 Unit E/W Sausedge

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