From Terry Robinson
Horse: Art Cadeau
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 7, Furphy Hcp) The gelding had missed a place in back-to-back starts over 1600m in the Hawksbury and Scone Cups. Both times he has raced over a mile it has been on heavy tracks and things didn’t work out. Hawkesbury was the better run, he was three-deep without cover and then got galloped on and was lame after the race, but he recovered quickly. At Scone, that track was pretty ordinary up there and he got a whack in the eye. It will be interesting to see whether he does handle the mile. I think from the draw (11), there seems to be a bit of speed in the race so he will probably go back again we’ll give him the opportunity to find the line. I was hoping he might be up for a race like The Big Dance but he has got to qualify there. Whether we go that way we will find out after Saturday.
From Brad Widdup
Horse: Surreal Step
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Bob Charlie AO Stakes) Surreal Step broke through in the At Sea Handicap over the same course two weeks ago. When they come from the stables he’s come from it’s hard to get a lot of upside. I’m not saying he’s improved but for some reason he’s liking Hawkesbury, I don’t do anything different with him. I suppose it is D-Day to see what he does but it was good to see him get the money the other day. We can just have him where he wants to be. They’ll run along you’d imagine and he’ll have to bide his time I suppose. I don’t think it’s any harder than what he’s been racing in at his last couple of starts.
Horse: Authentic Jewel
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Bob Charlie AO Stakes) I don’t know what to make of the Scone run, she did cop a bit of buffeting and took a few days to pick back up. Her work on Tuesday on the course proper was excellent so she seems to be in good form. I think there’s something there, you’ve got to put them under pressure at some stage and this time of year is a good time to do it.
From Joseph Pride
Horse: Inn Keeper
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Bob Charlie AO Stakes) The former Victorian has arrived at the stable a month ago and the change of scenery has had the desired effect. He has sparked up because I was told he was a very casual, laidback horse and his work since he’s been up here has been quite sharp. You can imagine, he has been in the same place doing the same thing for five or six seasons. He’s in a new environment and often that can spark a horse up. I think he can run well. This Bob Charley, I don’t think it’s a vintage edition and he will be well placed on Saturday.
Horse: Snippy Fox
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Bob Charlie AO Stakes) She has always trialled below what she does at the races and I’m clinging to that because they haven’t been what I wanted to see. I just want to give her a go at a stakes race on a wet track and then a decision will be made in the next couple of races on whether she goes to stud this year. She is a very capable mare. It is a little bit ambitious being in a Listed race but at her best, I would have thought she could run top three.
From Mark Newnham
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Bob Charlie AO Stakes) Dragonstone chased home smart filly Passive Aggressive down the Flemington straight last weekend and will drop 4.5kg in the Bob Charley. It was only when he got back on Monday and I had a look at him he hadn’t lost any weight on the trip. I had a look at the noms and decided to put a late nom in for him, the highest rated horse was 96 so he was going to get into the race well enough. His best performances have been when he’s down in the weights a bit so I’m happy that he’s down in the weights again. Hopefully a bit of pressure up front gives him an opportunity to sit a bit closer, he’s got a really good 300m on him so hopefully he can use that to advantage.
From David Pfieffer
Horse: Vegas Raider
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 2, Schweppes Hcp) A barnstorming winner of the Inglis Challenge on debut at Scone last month. Vegas Raider will go into Saturday’s Schweppes Handicap with a month between runs but a barrier trial last week has kept him up to the mark. Sometimes you have to question the form out of these restricted races, but I think the race (Inglis Challenge) this year had depth to it. Over the last month he has grown a hell of a lot in confidence. Before, he was like a scared little puppy dog and didn’t want to walk out of his box. I think he rates himself a bit now.
From Todd Smart
Horse: Loose Love
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 1, Highway Plate) Washington Towers is ‘airborne’ – four wins from his past five starts this campaign and led unextended to win by a widening three lengths at Warwick Farm. Washington Towers is up in grade but he’s a talent, just too good for them in a BM 68 at Warwick Farm, won again with 61kg at Newcastle, so he’ll run well again. Who knows, we might all be celebrating and staying in Sydney on Saturday night.
From Gayna Williams
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 1, Highway Plate) Back in February Tags qualified for the Country Championships Final but in an unmitigated disaster, Tags suffered lacerations to a hind leg days before the race and has to be scratched from the Final. As happy as we’ve ever been with him, really good run in that grade of race going into a Highway – you can’t dwell on bad luck, just move on. My only concern with Tags is coming off a first-up run on a very heavy track with weight having any effect. I don’t generally do that but that’s the way it worked out. He’s a big gangly type, has his quirks. Can switch off at the barrier, needs space and in his comfort zone. We’ll leave that to Kathy (O’Hara); she is riding just so well.
From John Sargent
Horse: Owen County
Message: (Saturday, Eagle Farm Race 7, J.J.Atkins) We will probably get back anyway so it shouldn’t be an issue (from barrier 17). As long as there is some speed on he should hit the line strong. He is as good as I can get him, Keagan (Latham) knows him and while he will obviously need some luck from the draw, I wasn’t expecting to be any closer than midfield at best anyway. He will have this, spell and have a short turnaround to start preparing for the Guineas and the (Victoria) Derby. He is that type of horse.
From The Editor
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