From Kim Waugh
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Winter Stakes) Kingsheir compares favourably with the stable’s previous Winter Stakes winner Oxford Poet. He’s not far off Oxford Poet, he is a very nice horse. He is a very different sort of horse though. Poet was a big, bold frontrunning horse. He races on pace, but he’s a bit different to Poet. He’s a lovely horse, he is very easy and a pleasure to train. From barrier five, Kingsheir has drawn to get a much better passage on Saturday.
From Joseph Pride
Horse: Snippy Fox
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 7, Bowermans Hcp) The consistent mare produced an eye-catching return at Listed level a month ago on a good track in the Bob Charley AO Stakes. She’s always been a horse who has been back in races before, I ran her in some short races to start other preparations and she’d get back and just not make an impression. But she really made an impression (in the Bob Charley) and I thought to myself ‘you’ve come back really good’. Snippy Fox has won three of her four second-up attempts (and was placed in the other) plus has a similar record on heavy ground so expects her to be prominent in the run this time. She’ll get up on speed this time and she won really well at Randwick second-up last time over 1200m.
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Winter Stakes) The gelding led all the way for his first win on a good track in the Civic Stakes over the same course two weeks ago. He’s a bit of an excitement machine the way he races. It was good to see him win on a dry track the other day because he was looking a bit one dimensional in that he could only race on wet. He’ll be hard to beat.
From Matthew Kelley
Horse: I’ve Bean Tryin’
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 2, Highway Hcp) I’ve Bean Tryin’ started his career with David and Matt but went shinsore as a two-year-old and when he returned part-owner Stephen Johnson took over the training for his first racing preparation. When the gelding resumed in May he was back under the Kelley name. It’s pretty good to have a little horse like (I’ve Bean Tryin’) in your stable so early in your career. I hope I do the right thing by the owners. He makes my job a bit easier than what it appears, he’s above average. I think he will go on and do bigger and better things. Maybe not this time in because he’s quite immature and small, but next prep especially when he gets up to a mile I think he will go on. He’s a Class 3 horse, you look for that shot at a TAB Highway and it all matched up really well. This is his toughest test. His Highway last prep was a Class 2 but I definitely think he is up to the mark. His work during the week was first class so I think he is up for a good showing. He gets through it (Heavy Track) really well. He always gave me the impression when we worked him at Canberra on the course proper when it has a bit of soup in it he glides through it. He’s pretty versatile. He could box seat or he could drop back to three or four pairs back on the fence and still rocket home. He’s got that good turn of foot that good horses have and he can run home from anywhere.
From Jan Bowen
Horse: Running Bear
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 2, Highway Hcp) Last-start winner Running Bear is lining up in the Highway Handicap. Running Bear heads to Randwick hard-fit for recent racing. She is proven on heavy ground and from barrier three, expects her to be hard to beat. She can handle the wet, she is fit as a fiddle. I can’t get her much better. She will run a big race.
Horse: Casino Kid
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 6, Precise Air Hcp) Casino Kid is to resume in the Precise Air Handicap. In hindsight, I’m better off there for his first-up run because the 1400 metre race is going to be equivalent to at least a mile. If it was a good track, I would expect him to run a big race. Being a heavy track, I’m just not sure and I don’t want to flatten him first up. But he is just beautiful. He is going perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with him.
From Brett Robb
Horse: Gallant Star
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 1, Home Affairs At Coolmore Hcp) One of my owners wanted to buy us a horse to target the Country Championships and we went through a few on the Inglis online and David came up with a couple including this one. I looked at the trials and thought it was a bit of a risk. I was out riding a couple of breakers and he rings me up and said we bought that horse, I asked how much he paid and he said $32,000 and I was a bit nervous then. A debut win in the Silver Goblet at Dubbo by a widening four lengths before he met older horses at his second start a couple of weeks later and again he wasn’t pushed to win. The Zoustars love the wet. I’ll tell Clayton (Gallagher) to ride him on instinct, he knows the horse back to front so I’ll leave it up to him.
From Gary Portelli
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 10, Ranvet Hcp) Royalzel showed plenty of promise early in his career but he had lost his way last prep. We had a discussion with the owner and he wasn’t keen to geld him so we gave him a spell at his farm and he’s come back, and I have to say he’s not a colty colt, he just had an attitude problem last time through. Hopefully through the trials this time it looks like he is trying harder and hopefully we will see a bit more from him this weekend. Royalzel has had two trials in preparation for his return, winning his second hit out over 1208m, at Warwick Farm on June 24. He is a swimmer. All of his form has been on rain affected tracks. I was looking at starting him over a bit further last week but we didn’t end up running him. The 1400m, nice and fresh on a wet track, we will know a little bit more if he has got his attitude sorted.
From Joseph Burges
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 2, Highway Hcp) Last prep the win at ‘Port’ (Port Macquarie in January) and 2nd at Scone are up to a class 3 country race. She’s limited but tough as bloody teak. She relishes rain-affected tracks, that will bring some of them back to her and her overall form is better than it looks. The 1200’s have been too short, she’s improved with racing this prep. If there’s a time to have a crack in town with her, this is it. And we’ve still got our tails up from last time.
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