The Randwick Wrap: January 20

The Randwick Wrap featuring a race by race recap of key performers and ones to watch from the Randwick meeting on January 20.

The Randwick Wrap: January 20

Race by race recap of key performers and ones to watch moving forward from Saturday’s Summer Sprint Day meeting at Randwick.

The meeting commenced with a bang as both Estijaab Horseform and D’argento showed they won’t look out of place racing through the autumn carnival.

D'Argento Picture:Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Memes Horseform hit the ground running with a first up win in the Summer Sprint while Flow Horseform scored a deserved success following three sound displays to commence his prep.

Danny Williams showed his Country Championship hand with Acquittal Horseform and Kopi Luwak Horseform delivering a stable quinella in the Highway Handicap while their more experienced stablemate Pumpkin Pie Horseform caught the eye contesting Race 8.

Race 1: Estijaab - 2YO SW Plate (1000m)

Estijaab Horseform could not have been any more impressive. The $1.7million yearling purchase went straight to the front and won by a big margin.

We’ve got her running to a Timeform rating of 103p. That makes her the third highest rated 2YO filly of the season so far.

Sunlight Horseform is the highest rated after her classic win. Setsuna Horseform who won the Ottawa Stakes during the Spring at Flemington is next best.

Estijaab looks a very nice filly in the making. Off what she produced on Saturday, you’d expect to see her fighting out the finish in fillies stakes races heading toward the Golden Slipper such as the Widden, Reisling or Magic Night Stakes.

Estijaab Picture:Racing and Sports

Team Hawkes and Emirates Park combined to win the Golden Slipper with Mossfun Horseform in 2014.

Estijaab certainly has a proven partnership behind her moving into the autumn.

Race 2: D’Argento - 3YO Benchmark 76 Handicap (1300m)

That was an exciting win by D’argento. We’ve assessed it at 107p.

By So You Think, the flashy grey will no doubt appreciate more ground than the 1300m Chris Waller resumed him over. The Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 10 is his main autumn goal.

He’ll likely hit that race fourth run from a spell which will be perfect.

D’argento looks a nice, progressive type. With a little more race experience over the next month he should be ready for a race like that.

D'Argento Picture:Racing and Sports

The runner up Shumookh Horseform was excellent. That was only her second career start and she got within a head of beating a pretty smart one.

Whooska Horseform and Intuition Horseform in third and fourth. They’ve had great preps but were no match for the first two even with a fitness edge. Each might be best suited by a spell and coming back after the autumn.

Race 3: Acquittal - Class 2 Highway Handicap (1400m)

A Danny Williams Quinella with Acquittal Horseform leading them in.

Both winner and runner up were impressive. Acquittal produced a Timeform rating of 86. He’s wracked up 50k in prizemoney racing in country restricted grade and he’s only a Class 1 horse now.

Stablemate Kopi Luwak Horseform in second gave Acquittal 6kg. He also ran to 86 for being beaten a length.

The important thing about each of their runs is they've proved they can both run seven furlongs. It’s a key string to the bow for each of them with both rising noticeably in trip on their prior outings last Saturday.

It means Danny Williams can confidently aim them towards the Country Championship heat at Goulburn next month.

The Ex Godolphin horse Editors Horseform ran fourth. The son of Street Cry is only a pony in size but stuck to his task well.

There are a couple of Highway Handicaps over a bit further which could suit him during the next month.

Race 4: Cellarman - Benchmark 85 Handicap (1600m)

What a campaign Cellarman Horseform has had. They made a stack of gear changes midway through his prep. He’s since gone on to win four of his past seven starts.

His latest win returned a Timeform rating of 100.

That was his tenth start this campaign having resumed in September. It looked like he may have been training off a bit the run before when beaten as favourite however the Chris Waller-trained gelding quelled those concerns on Saturday.

Race 5: Memes - Open Handicap (1000m)

Memes Horseform is a little pocket rocket. The Jason Coyle-trained mare resumed with a Timeform rating of 100.

She has a master Timeform rating of 104 achieved last prep so there is room for improvement with her.

Royal Tudor Horseform in fourth produced a good first up effort. He likely would have finished second with a clear run along the fence in the straight.

He may have even won. That said, Memes has shown plenty of times now she’s a tough one to get past.

Memes Picture:Racing and Sports

Race 6: Carzoff - Benchmark 84 Handicap (2000m)

Carzoff Horseform got into the fast lane along the rail and was strong late. He produced a Timeform rating of 103.

That’s his best career effort to date.

Before Carzoff came over to Australia, he was a stakes placegetter in France.

The Chris Waller-trained import is gradually working through his grades over here.

Chatelard Horseform was fair in third. They rode him more positively on Saturday than his prior runs this prep and may have turned a corner. It’s worth noting however he led at an absolute crawl though which may have flattered him a bit.

Race 7: Flow - Benchmark 82 Handicap (1400m)

Flow Horseform deserved that win. He’d performed well this prep. It’s netted the four-year-old a Timeform rating of 102p.

It was a thin race but the son of Street Cry really put a margin on his rivals.

There is a 1500m Benchmark 90 for Flow at Rosehill in two weeks time. He was Group placed in the Sunshine Coast Guineas over the mile last season as a three-year-old. Getting him up toward that trip looks the right idea.

Flow Picture:Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images

Quick Defence Horseform in third was beaten for speed late but it was an encouraging first up run.

He’ll be better suited second and third up over a mile and beyond.

Race 8: Faraway Town - Benchmark 85 Handicap (1200m)

They’ve made the call to train Faraway Town Horseform as a sprinter this prep and it’s already reaped dividends.

She’s produced a Timeform rating of 92 first up and broke a two year winning drought in the process.

This is a mare who as a younger horse placed in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old, then the Kembla Classic and the Spring Stakes as a three-year-old.

She’s got some fitness under her belt now and that winning feeling back. She’s not even a Benchmark 80 horse yet. It will be interesting to see if they work her through the grades or try for some black type.

Pumpkin Pie Horseform was finding the line well first up in fifth. It was a good warm up for the Country Championships.

Race 9: Maddison Avenue - Benchmark 80 Handicap (1600m)

Maddison Avenue Horseform is a mare in form who was rewarded for her consistency.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain returned a Timeform rating of 85 for the run, well clear of her previous master figure.

It was her fourth win from 15 starts and prior to Saturday the Marc Conners-trained four-year-old had strung together five straight placings.

She’s still only a Benchmark 68 horse following last Saturday’s win so she can continue working through her grades whilst enjoying such consistency.

Racing And Sports

R2 RANDWICK 20 January 2018
Nelune Foundation (Bm76) 3 , 1300m
Race Synopsis: Chris Waller-trained colt D’Argento scored a good first-up win and remains unbeaten after three starts. He settled back in fourth place in the small five-horse field, behind a reasonable tempo before improving along the rails from the 600m. He got a split to challenge at the 200m and then finished too well for a smart win. He is a talented three-year-old likely to make his presence felt in upcoming stakes races for his age, seemingly suited up to 2000m. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly Shumookh, an impressive winner on debut in a 3YO maiden (1250m) at Canterbury on 10 January, again went to the front and fought very well for a good second, stepping up in class here.

Age & Sex
4yo H
Paramount Racing (Mgr: Ms K M Wood), R Cummins, Mrs H L Cummins, J W Roe, D N Wilson, Mrs G Robertson, Ms J A Coleman, M Woodcroft, Mrs J Woodcroft, M Azzopardi, Mrs L Azzopardi, R B T Aurisch, Mrs H A Aurisch & P A Aquino
Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Widden Valley, $135000, Star Thoroughbreds, NSW
4yo Mare
Emirates Park (Mgr: N A H Lootah)
4yo Mare
 Triple Crown (Mgr: C Ward), K Coughlan, R Whalley, A Douglas, Ms L Butlin-Galea, R Nicholson, W Perry, Mrs J Tuck, M Bender, Miss D Patton, O Chan, Mrs B Bursill, J Saunders, Ms C Quan, M Watt, Campbell Graham Racing (Mgr: S Graham) & Pourquoi Pas De Deux (Mg: P Burnett)
4yo Gelding
5th  5. PARET (AUS)
4yo Gelding

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