Inside Goss

From Tim Donnelly

Thur 21st Oct, 2021

Horse: Kitzbuhel
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 2, Highway Hcp) The British stayer is only lightly-raced. He’s won twice for us with big weights and is a progressive stayer. He’s come back in good order off the two trials and the Goulburn placing.  The 1500m was too short for him, but that was the lead-up he needed when we set him for this at his right distance range. While his wins were on heavy tracks, he’s not essentially a wet tracker, he adapts on all surfaces. He’s has firm track placings overseas, led at Goulburn on firm, that wasn’t the intention, but he was caught wide, so we went forward. We’ll position somewhere on the pace on Saturday. As I said, he’s improved, he’s in his right race and distance range and weighted about what we expected.

From Mark Newnham

Thur 21st Oct, 2021

Horse: Quackerjack
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 5, Filante Hcp) Quackerjack tackles Saturday’s Filante Handicap after undergoing knee surgery. He’s had a good build-up. He’s coming back off an extended break, he had arthroscopic knee surgery and he’s come back from it well. He’s had three trials so he’s fairly forward and he needs to be fairly forward because of his racing pattern. He’s fit and ready to go.

Horse: Skymax
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 7, City Tattersalls Club Cup) The import is still a work in progress. The 2000 metres was too short for him (first-up) and then he went in with six weeks between runs the other day. He still raced well on a hot speed and just got tired and knocked up a little bit late. He’s ready to go after two runs back and third-up at the mile-and-a-half will be much better. The negative on Saturday could be the track conditions with Skymax managing just one win from five starts on rain-affected ground. Skymax is unlikely to run if Randwick gets too wet.