The Winter Stakes meeting will be held at Royal Randwick this Saturday (9th Jul). The course proper was rated a Heavy 10 on Thursday and with clearing weather in Sydney leading up to the weekend, Randwick will certainly be racing on a Heavy track on raceday.
Chris Waller has And We Danced primed to take out the Grainshaker Vodka Handicap. (Randwick Race 3, 1400m). The 3YO has done well finishing 2nd when first-up at Scone before a 3rd over this track and trip on 28th May. The filly can handle any track conditions and champion hoop Hugh Bowman will be on board. From the rail’s gate (1), Bowman will settle mid-field on the fence and expect to see And We Danced finishing over the top of this field.
In-form hoop Sam Clipperton can take La Chevalee to victory in the Chandon Handicap (Sydney Race 4, 2000m). The Written Tycoon mare has a terrific record on Heavy tracks with four wins and a 2nd from six starts in the condition and she likes Randwick with two wins and a 3rd from four starts at the venue. Two starts back, the 5YO ran away with a BM78 race over the Randwick mile on a Heavy 10 track before failing to run on in the Listed Centaurea Stakes. Beautifully drawn in barrier 3, Clipperton will give the mare a good run mid-field with plenty of cover and La Chevalee should have plenty up her sleeves in the run home.
Taksu is once again the horse to beat in the Winter Stakes (Sydney Race 8, 1400m). This Joseph Pride-trained gelding has a very fruitful campaign with three wins and two 2nds from six starts and the 6YO is trying to make it fourth win on Saturday. Taksu did a great job last start by taking out the Civic Stakes over this course and trip and the Heavy tack will certainly plays into his hand. Glyn Schofield will once again be on board and from barrier 3, Schofield will go straight to the lead and Taksu could prove hard to catch.
By Owens Wong