Front Page Special For Saturday 22 April 2017

Randwick Race 8 - 10 Penglai Pavilion  - We are heading to the Sydney Cup which is the feature on this bonus Randwick card this Autumn.

This Godolphin horse was forced to chase hard when the race was called off and was a sitting shot two weeks ago.

Every chance these overseas horses are more suited with a run under their belts and it is sure to be a staying test with Lasqueti Spirit giving it a run from a long way out.

He has good European form including a win in the Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket and was only 20-1 in a G1 Prix Royal Oak in France.

You might aim for a million if you take Penglai Pavilion
in the Topbetta Tournament on Saturday

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5 State Plays

Mail Around Australia

Find below the best betting plays of the weekend from around the country. A more expansive explanation can be found in the Read More Links in each State's assessments.

Wouldnt It Be Nice has good wet form

It is a tough day on yet another wet track at Randwick. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 2 - 3
I Thought So  @ $2.50

EACH WAY PLAY: Race 7 - 3
Wouldnt It Be Nice  @ $21.00

For all your Sydney form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here


Another deep card at Caulfield this week and plenty of good betting opportunities for The Melbourne Mail to focus on. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 9 - 12 Sword Of Light  @ $3.00
EACH WAY PLAY: Race 9 - 2 Fanfaron  @ $16.00

For all your Melbourne form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here

Guard Of Honour can win in Brisbane

Guard Of Honour heads north for trainer Kris Lees and will line up in the Mick Ditman Plate (1050m) at Doomben, following a freshen up off the Oakleigh Plate. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 6 - 2
Guard Of Honour  @ $4.60

EACH WAY PLAY: Race 7 - 8
Brazen Moss  @ $7.50

For all your Brisbane form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here


The start of the carnival is upon us with two G3 races at Morphettville this week. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 4 - 1 Scarlet Billows  @ $4.00
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 8 - 1 El Divino  @ $4.60

For all your Adelaide form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here


The Stephen Miller trained Variation really impressed taking out the Listed Raconteur Stakes last start and now appears poised to go back-to-back in the sixth event at Ascot on Saturday. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 6 - 6 Variation  @ $2.50
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 8 - 3 Dainty Tess  @ $6.50

For all your Perth form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here

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Punting Tournaments

Check out Racing and Sports Tournaments
via your TopBetta account.

Take on punters from around the country via various Tournaments during the week. Saturday obviously holds most interest with the quality horses running and more punters getting involved in competition.

For a small 'buy in' investment you can win big prizes
if your punting skills are top drawer.

Work out your banker bets which you think can generate the biggest return and charge to the top of the standings. Hopefully you are on the top of the dias come the last race and you can win top $$$ prizes.
Give it a go matching wits against some top punting minds.

Click here to read up on how to play

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Singapore Racing Tips

Lim's Cruiser winning the LION CITY CUP

Check out all the tips and form plus Previews and Reviews for Kranji this weekend

Find below the links for all the information on two Singapore meetings on Friday and Sunday.

Full Singapore Tips - Friday 21 April


Full Singapore Tips - Sunday 23 April



Singapore Media Tips Friday

Singapore Media Tips Sunday


Emerging sprinter Lim's Cruiser stamped himself as one of the best in the land following his dominant success in the Group 1 Lion City Cup on Sunday.

An impressive winner first up in the Group 3 Rocket Man Sprint, Lim's Cruiser  proceeded to take that next step when notching up his first Group 1 success.

Stable star Emperor Max bled, however take nothing away from Lim's Cruiser, his performance was very impressive.

Ridden by Danny Beasley, Lim's Cruiser enjoyed all the favours along the rails with both Wimbledon and Emperor Max setting a solid clip (23.60 seconds first 400m).

Sticking to the fence on straightening, Lim's Cruiser didn't go around a horse and enjoyed a saloon passage up the inside.

Travelling boldly, Lim's Cruiser burst through in-between Emperor Max and Wimbledon, hitting the front shortly after.

The Ricardo Le Grange trained Storm Troops briefly loomed up on the outside, however once cut loose, it was all over with Lim's Cruiser asserting his dominance over the concluding stages.

The Michael Clements trained Alibi worked home well to finish second, however he was clearly no match, with Lim's Cruiser saluting comfortably by two lengths.

Despite only saluting narrowly first up, Lim's Cruiser looked to win with a bit in hand and he confirmed that notion on Sunday.

Click here for the full Review of last weekend's races

Click here for the full Singapore News

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Chris Scholtz - Early Thoughts

R&S Contributing Editor Chris Scholtz takes a look at tomorrow's Sydney racing.


Randwick Race 2 - 3 I Thought So 

This rising talent rose quickly with two wins from his first three starts before his inexperience cost him a black type win in the Listed Gosford Guineas on March 31 when he was beaten only a nose after he hung badly.

He was subsequently ordered back to the trials and went through the motions with no issues to win a Rosehill heat on April 10.

He's handled the affected tracks confidently and the important addition of a tongue tie and winkers should ensure there is no repeat of his wayward Gosford performance.

Randwick Race 3 - 2 Black On Gold 

Imposing individual has been a work in progress for Chris Waller for some time. Got his act together to win twice late in his last preparation over 1800m and 1900m and held considerable scope for improvement when he resumed to win with authority over 1400m at Newcastle on April 8 under 60kg.

He'll be the horse to beat here if takes the expected benefit from that win, especially with the stable making an early decision to scratch favoured stablemate Egg Tart. Has the look of a 3YO who has been groomed to be a player at the Brisbane carnival.

Sons Of John one to add to the blackbook
Randwick Race 7 - 9 Super Maxi 

No doubt Nieta is a quality filly but she will need to be on her game to win first-up in the soft ground with 58.5kg chasing a natural speed horse like SUPER MAXI over the short course with his 4kg pull in the weights.

He's down 2.5kg on his last start win in very heavy conditions over 1000m at Warwick Farm when he lost a plate and overcame early trouble.

A month between runs is rarely an issue for runners from the Hawkes stable and his pace makes him good each-way gamble from the inside gate.

BLACKBOOK UPDATE from 15 April (Horses to follow at their next three starts)

Royal Tudor - Measured up with a fine effort in strong form race. Easier races for him.
Sons Of John - Nice races coming up for him. Certain to be fitter.
McCreery - A must to follow at the Brisbane carnival.
Invincibella - Had to do too much from the back on a difficult track.
Maurus - Great fresh run. Doubt he has ever been going better.
Sir Moments - As good as anything Brisbane can offer for the carnival.
Comacina - Drop back in distance played against her.
The Chairman - Certain to benefit from strong first-up effort.

Recent Blackbook winners - Invader; Dylan's Luck; Lanciato; War Legend; Inference. Single Bullet; Circular; Humidor; Hardham; Palentino; Oregon's Day; Jameka; Chautauqua; Petition; Kenedna; Hooked; Redzel; Tivaci; Chandana; Medaille.


Randwick (Sat) - Danjeu (R6), Sir Bacchus (R7), Nieta (R7) and Heavenly Anna (R10)
Caulfield (Sat) - Je Suis Tycoon (R6), Well Sprung (R7), Malibu Style (R7) and Scarlet Billows (R8)
Doomben (Sat) - Comacina (R1), Sir Moments (R7) and Single Gaze (R7)
Morphettville (Sat) - Scarlet Billows (R4)

Chris' final observations and full audio preview of all Sydney races will be available after 9.30am Saturday on the R&S website and tweeted by @ScholtzRacing.

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Timeform Review: All Aged Stakes day with Dean Croker

Tivaci winning the All Aged Stakes

Tivaci Triumphs

Tivaci has finally claimed a Group 1 win, taking out the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The Michael Moroney-trained runner came from well back in the field to narrowly beat Le Romain over the concluding stages with Jungle Edge doing well to hang on for third.

Tivaci  had always threatened to win a Group 1 and finally got his chance on Saturday in what looked a very winnable race, and despite many winners on the day coming from up on the speed, Tivaci was one of the few that was able to make ground.

Running to a new career peak Timeform figure of 120, the four-year-old entire ran four pounds above his fourth placing in the TJ Smith Stakes the start prior behind Chautauqua.

Tivaci ran to the same figure as 2016 winner English (before the fillies and mares allowance) which makes him the lowest rated winner of the race since Bentley Biscuit in 2007 (119).

Damien Oliver has now ridden three All Aged Stakes winners, his first coming in 1995 aboard Hurricane Sky before partnering Danleigh to win in 2009.

Tivaci is the second winner in as many years to come through the TJ Smith Stakes and the sixth in the last 25 years joining English (2016), Hay List (2011), Hot Danish (2010), Bentley Biscuit (2007) and Shamekha (2005).

The Racing and Sports field strength value (RSFS) Of 120 is below par for a Group 1 race and below the 121.9 of last year's renewal which saw English beat Black Heart Bart.

Of the beaten runners, Le Romain returned to form and ran to 119, his highest since winning the Group 1 BMW Stakes four starts back with Jungle Edge in third running up to his Star Kingdom win of 115.

Click here for the full Timeform Review

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Historical Analysis of the Sydney Cup

Makybe Diva won a Sydney Cup through her Melbourne Cup dominance

SYDNEY CUP - G1 3200m

A two mile G1 test in Australia is becoming a thing of the past.

Perth and Brisbane have reduced their Cups to a mile and a half while Adelaide stays at the 3200m but has also lost its status.

It's doubtful the Sydney Cup would change but it needed some good winners to keep the wolves at bay and like the Metropolitan, it has had them recently.

It is unlikely there are any Makybe Divas, Tie the Knots, Kingston Towns or Galilee around at present but there is a prestigious race to win. Who takes 2017's renewal (take two)?


o County Tyrone ran in an amazing SIX straight Sydney Cups for a record of 1 win, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 4th and an 8th.

o Inside to middle barriers have been the most successful - barrier 8 won it six times over 13 years.

o Mares have only won three times since 1989.

o It's been a good race for some not so high profile trainers.

o Tie the Knot's 57kg then Mourayan's 58kg are the highest weights carried since 1976 which was on a lower limit.

o Last 10 Winners Most Prevalent Age of winner - 5/7yo (3 times)

o Last 10 Winners Average Weight of winner - 54.0kg

o Last 10 Winners Average Price of winner - $11.50

o Breakdown of winners - 7 geldings, 2 entires & 1 mare

o Races that the winner ran in prior - Chairman's Hcp (7), The BMW (1), Adelaide Cup (1), NE Manion Cup (1).


2016 - GALLANTE  5h (Montjeu x Crazy Volume) ($10)
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy, Trainer: Robert Hickmott
Barrier: 11, Weight: 51.5kg, Gross Time: 3:24.53
Margin: 1.3L, Track: Soft (5), Starters: 11
2nd: Libran (53.0kg), 3rd: Grand Marshal (55.0kg)

Review: For so many years Lloyd Williams and his team target the staying races around the country with their imports. This year's Sydney Cup was full of ex-overseas horses but only one from that stable.

Gallante had had as many starts in Sydney as he had in Melbourne which was not usual. His Manion Cup run was solid but he needed rain and also got the best front running jockey in the business.

McEvoy got him into a rhythm and made the Waller squad have to chase from the half mile. They closed around the bend but he still had plenty in hand. Over the latter stages there was more than enough to hold the other main hopes off.

2016 Sydney Cup 2016 - Gallante

2015 - GRAND MARSHAL  5g (Dansili x Margarula) ($41)
Jockey: Jim Cassidy, Trainer: Chris Waller
Barrier: 4, Weight: 52.0kg, Gross Time: 3:24.70
Margin: 0.1L, Track: Slow (7), Starters: 11
2nd: Who Shot Thebarman (54.5kg), 3rd: Like A Carousel (52.0kg)

Review: Another roughie winner on the day but the only one to get back and come home wide. After being heavily backed every start this campaign he didn't do much in the Chairmans.

After winning the 'other' long race on Melbourne Cup at Flemington, you knew he could stay. But was he good enough to beat two Melbourne Cup placegetters and the emphatic BMW winner?

Well Hartnell went to the front and got moving. He ran along and it cost him. He got tired and WSTB took the inside. He looked home but Grand Marshal surged in the last furlong to get up by a nose and gave Chris Waller the quinella.

2015 Sydney Cup - Grand Marshal

2014 - THE OFFER  5g (Montjeu x Valdara) ($3.25 fav)
Jockey: Tommy Berry, Trainer: Gai Waterhouse
Barrier: 8, Weight: 55.0kg, Gross Time: 3:23.86
Margin: 4L, Track: Dead (5), Starters: 17
2nd: Opinion (54.0kg), 3rd: Sertorius (56.0kg)

Review: Berry had won the Queen Of The Turf earlier in the day but this was a bigger race. He had had his parents to the races for the first time in his career which is amazing given his father's racing involvement.

But they could not have witnessed a better ride than his in the Sydney Cup. The Offer was favourite and rightly so. His form was superb in the lead ups. But Berry rode the perfect race, biding his time and waiting until everyone else had spent their petrol.

Rounding the turn he made a short dash and made many lengths in a hurry. Turn of foot in any race is important but in a staying race it is deadly. He put lengths on them and made a statement for the future.

2014 Sydney Cup - The Offer

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