Nine races will be contested at Royal Randwick on Saturday, headlined by the $1 million Bondi Stakes.
The rail will be set out four metres around the entire course and at publish, the track is rated in the good range.
Race 1 - 12:50pm AEDT
Kirkham Plate (1000m)
Race 1 on Bondi Stakes Day is a two-year-old sprint full of debutants, with just one horse boasting previous race day experience.
Something good will likely come out of this contest, but I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective, with a view towards something later in the season.
Race 2 - 1:25pm AEDT
Highway Handicap (1800m)
She’ll need some luck after drawing barrier 14, but Eve’s Deel has been a model of consistency for the Kody Nestor stable, and she is up to winning this week’s Highway race.
The Dundeel mare has recorded three wins and two second placings from her eight career starts so far and has continued to improve with each effort back from the spell this time.
She looks ready to peak in form on Saturday and gets in well under the conditions of the race.
1 Unit E/W Eva’s Deel
Race 3 - 2pm AEDT
Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m)
Destination finished second behind Wild Ruler in the Listed Heritage Stakes last time out, and he can go one better in the Brian Crowley.
The Exceed And Excel colt hasn’t missed a placing in four starts back from a spell, but his last-start effort was particularly eye-catching, and he won’t be offered a better opportunity to win in black type company than this.
I like that he has had a trial since his last race, and he is drawn to receive a lovely run from barrier 2.
4 Units Destination
Race 4 - 2:35pm AEDT
Robrick Lodge Filante Handicap (1400m)
Ranier has a class edge over most of his rivals in this contest and he will take a power of beating.
The Lonhro gelding has been an excellent horse for Godolphin throughout his entire career, but went to another level last prep in winning the Listed Luskin Star Stakes and finishing a credible fifth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
He filled the minors behind Wild Planet in the Group 2 Theo Marks when resuming this time, and he is another horse that has had a trial since his last-start effort.
3 Units E/W Ranier
Race 5 - 3:15pm AEDT
Listed Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m)
She didn’t quite measure up in The Metropolitan, but I think that Girl Tuesday can record a consolation win in the Tattersalls Club Cup.
The Street Cry mare finishing a close-up second in the Listed Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury in August and was only a couple of lengths from the winner in both the Premier’s Cup and the Kingston Town Stakes.
She probably did keep all of her best work for late in The Metropolitan last time out, and she is at peak fitness for this contest.
At around the $6 mark, I think that she looks a touch of overs.
3 Units Girl Tuesday
Race 6 - 3:55pm AEDT
Bondi Stakes (1600m)
This isn’t the strongest $1 million race for three-year-olds, but a couple of decent horses have accepted, and I think that the market just about has it right.
Peltzer has continued to improve with each start this prep, and looks the runner to beat.
The So You Think colt finished second, albeit well beaten by Anders in the San Domenico Stakes when resuming before running a credible fourth in the Run To The Rose.
He was beaten five lengths in the Golden Rose, but proved too good for a similar field to this one in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes a fortnight ago, and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.
4 Units Peltzer
Race 7 - 4:35pm AEDT
Group 3 The Nivison (1200m)
The Nivison is easily the best race on Saturday’s card at Randwick, and there is a case to be made for many of the eleven confirmed starts.
I’m eager to have a bet on two here in particular; Sweet Deal ($8 at publish) and Seasons ($12 at publish).
Sweet Deal has finished down the order at each of her last two starts, but she was an impressive winner of the Toy Show Quality when resuming, and this is a drop in class for her.
Seasons enters this race off the back of a rare flat effort in the Golden Pendant, but she filled the minors in both the Toy Show Quality and the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes prior.
She is typically a model of consistency and I am happy to give her another chance.
1 Unit E/W Sweet Deal
1 Unit E/W Seasons
Race 8 - 5:10pm AEDT
Southern Cross Handicap (1200m)
Hilo has stripped fitter for two starts back from a spell and he is ready to win.
The Godolphin-trained four-year-old finished a head second behind Fituese when resuming at Rosehill, and he was last seen filling the minors behind the smart Athiri and Asharani here, last time out.
Fitter third-up, from barrier 1 and with Rachael King in the saddle, I think this looks the perfect race for him.
4 Units Hilo
Race 9 - 5:50pm AEDT
Sharp EIT Handicap (1600m)
Betcha Flying has stripped fitter for four starts back from a spell and is ready to win.
The Uncle Moe mare enjoyed a decent autumn preparation this year, ending with a run in Group 1 company, albeit a failed attempt.
She clearly needed the run when seventh at Randwick first-up, but she filled the minors in similar company to this second and third-up, and ran home well to finish only two lengths from the winner oat this track and distance last time out.
If she can’t win this race, it’s tough imagining what she will win on a Saturday in town.
2 Units Betcha Flying