The Ingham highlights a ten-race program at Royal Randwick this Saturday.
$2 million in prize money as well a ballot-free entry into the 2024 Doncaster Mile goes on the line in the Group 2 feature that was formerly known as The Villiers.
We’ve cast our eye over the form and provided our thoughts on each race below.
Race 1 - 12:20pm AEDT
ORAN PARK HIGHWAY (1400 METRES)
Veandechance (1) is yet another horse from the Matt Dunn stable that fits his Highway Handicap winning formula.
The four-year-old mare resumed last start at Doomben over 1200m and despite carrying 60kg and racing wide throughout, she charged to the line to win by a long neck.
She’ll strip fitter second-up and the rise to 1400m looks ideal.
Dunn has booked his go to man, Nash Rawiller, who should be able to settle closer from the nice draw.
1 Unit – Veandechance (1)
Race 2 - 12:55pm AEDT
BOB INGHAM AO HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Step Aside (1) started this preparation the right way, with a hard-fought win over 1300m at Rosehill.
Despite being held up at the top of the straight, the Chris Waller-trained gelding hit the line hard to run down Cloudland right on the winning post.
He’ll be fitter for the outing and has gone extremely close to winning at both of his previous second-up starts.
He looks well placed in this field and maps to get a great run.
1 Unit – Step Aside (1)
Race 3 - 1:30pm AEDT
COOLMORE HIGHWAY (1400 METRES)
Golden Decade (2) brings solid Brisbane form south for the second Highway Handicap of the day.
The Matt Dunn-trained three-year-old gelding fought strongly two starts back to win narrowly over 1200m at Doomben.
He was caught deep last start but still had the audacity to find the line well for third over 1350m.
He has drawn perfectly in barrier 1 which should see Nash Rawiller take full advantage and drive forward.
1 Unit – Golden Decade (2)
Race 4 - 2:05pm AEDT
THE SACCO GROUP MIDWAY (1200 METRES)
Terra Mater (8) returned to racing in impressive fashion last start at Canterbury.
The Wandjina mare settled outside the lead over 1100m before dashing quickly in the straight to win by 1.8 lengths.
She’ll strip fitter second-up and has never been outside the top three in nine career starts.
Nash Rawiller should be able to find a prominent position and be very hard to beat.
2 Units – Terra Mater (8)
Race 5 - 2:40pm AEDT
RESTRICTED LISTED INGLIS NURSERY (1000 METRES)
Blue Stratum (2) has the benefit of experience over most of his two-year-old rivals in the Inglis Nursery.
The McEvoy’s bring their Blue Point colt north following a very good on speed effort to finish second in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington.
He really didn’t know what he was doing so will be a lot better for the experience.
Chad Schofield can use his speed to settle in a forward position.
1 Unit – Blue Stratum (2)
Race 6 - 3:20pm AEDT
LISTED THE MAX BRENNER SANTA CUP (2000 METRES)
I’mintowin (9) impressed when having his first Australian start for the Waterhouse and Bott stable two starts back at Rosehill.
The four-year-old led from barrier to box, easily accounting for his rivals in a 1.3 length win.
He then went too slow in front last start over 1800m at Newcastle and was picked off in the shadows of the post to finish third.
Renowned frontrunning jockey Tim Clark takes the ride and will be able to rate him well in front which, aided by just 53kg on his back, will make him hard to run down.
2 Units – I’mintowin (9)
Race 7 - 4:00pm AEDT
GROUP 2 THE INGHAM (1600 METRES)
Detonator Jack (2) was rewarded for his good form with a win in The Gong last start at Kembla Grange.
The Maher and Eustace-trained five-year-old gelding had been racing well prior to the $1 million feature with close placings in the Diamond Prelude and the Five Diamonds.
With the addition of blinkers, he looked primed for a special performance in The Gong and he delivered, dashing clear in the straight to win by 2.3 lengths.
He stays at a mile and loves racing over the distance having won all three starts over it.
1 Unit – Detonator Jack (2)
Race 8 - 4:40pm AEDT
LISTED RAZOR SHARP HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Waihaha Falls (6) is looking to go one better after finishing second in last year’s edition of the Razor Sharp Handicap.
The John O’Shea-trained son of Sacred Falls resumed over this course and distance last start.
He found the line well with a whopping 62kg to finish fifth by 2.81 lengths.
That run will have brought him along nicely and he does boast a very good second-up record of two wins and two seconds from five starts.
A genuine tempo will aid his cause with Tommy Berry settling in the second half before launching in the straight.
1 Unit Each Way – Waihaha Falls (6)
Race 9 - 5:20pm AEDT
JACK INGHAM AO HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Zoe’s Promise (2) has run well at both her starts this preparation and looks ready to fire third-up.
Following a third placing over 1200m first-up, she hit the front a touch early and despite fighting strongly she was run down late to finish second over 1300m at Newcastle.
The rise to 1600m looks ideal now and she did win over this distance at Caulfield when third-up two preparations ago.
There doesn’t look to be a great deal of speed which should see Nash Rawiller push forward and take up a prominent position.
1 Unit – Zoe’s Promise (2)
Race 10 - 5:55pm AEDT
ALOHA STRAWBERRY HILL STUD HANDICAP (1100 METRES)
Way To The Stars (7) races well when he’s on the fresh side and that’s the situation he will be in when he enters the barriers for this 1100m contest.
The Matthew Smith-trained speedster was last seen leading all the way for a two-length victory over 1100m at Rosehill.
Smith has kept the same winning formula by sending his gelding back to the trials where he turned in a nice piece of work to win.
Nash Rawiller has a great association with him and should be able to give him a super run from barrier 2.
1 Unit – Way To The Stars (7)