This Saturday’s Sydney meeting will be held at Royal Randwick. The course proper was rated a Heavy 9 on Thursday and with mainly fine weather in Sydney leading up to the weekend, Randwick will border on Soft/Heavy condition on raceday.
Having withdrawn from the Rosehill meeting last week, True Detective is ready to win in the NSW Trainers Association Handicap (Sydney Race 2, 1200m). The talented 3YO had won on debut at Rosehill earlier this year over 1100m. After a spell, the colt was beaten a nose when 1st up on a Heavy 8 track three weeks ago. Stepping up to 1200m 2nd up looks ideal and the anticipated Soft track would not worry him. From barrier 6, Tommy Berry will settle just behind likely leader Arthur In Charge and with only 54.5kg on his back, True Detective looks the winner for the second race of the meeting.
Pelethronius is going to make a hat-trick of wins in the NSW Racehorse Owners Association Trophy (Sydney Race 3, 1600m). This David Pfieffer-trained gelding has won his last two starts with his latest victory being run over this track & trip in a BM 78 handicap. The 7YO has four wins over the mile and he can handle any track conditions. Kerrin McEvoy has return to the winners’ circle with his first meeting back in Sydney on Wednesday at Warwick Farm and he can continue his winning form on Saturday. With reasonable pace in the race, McEvoy should be able to ease in to sit behind mid-field with plenty of cover and that would allow Pelethronius to run home strongly.
Team Waterhouse-trained Light Exceed has been in good form and she can continue her winning streak in the Dixie Blossoms Special Achievement Handicap (Sydney Race 6, 1800m). This 4YO mare has won her past two starts at Kembla Grange and Canterbury on Soft tracks. Light Exceed is rock hard fit and will have no problem stepping up to 1800m. Tim Clark will take over the rein on Saturday and it’s likely he’ll take up the leader’s role. Together with her light weight of only 53.5kg, Light Exceed could prove hard to catch.
By Owens Wong, Editor