THE GOOD OIL
Front Page Special For Saturday 31 July 2021
Randwick Race 8 - 9 Sixgun – While parts of Sydney are being impacted, it hasn't harmed the amount of horses running at Randwick and we're tipping a local horse can shoot to the top in the short course race.
Sixgun has been running honestly on wet tracks but the change around to the firm going can make the difference for this Mark Newnham gelding.
Tom Sherry is drawn out a bit but with the rail out and by this time of the day, that could well be the place to be, swooping home.
Before this campaign he ran two excellent races behind good horses on this sort of surface.
Look for Sixgun to launch late and fire up the punters to end the racing season.
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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.
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MELBOURNE MAILWe return to Moonee Valley for the first time in a few months for an interesting card with more than a couple of interesting and talented horses. Read More
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BRISBANE BESTA strong first up showing sees Lashoni a good value bet at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Read More
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SAY FROM SAThe depths of Winter still see us with the last black type race of the season being held at Morphettville. Read More
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BEST FROM THE WEST
There has been plenty of rain around all Winter and it continues in Perth at the moment so look for the wet trackers. Read More
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First season sires Capitalist (Written Tycoon), Star Turn (Star Witness), Belardo (Lope De Vega) and Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral) all sired new winners on Sunday in a day where the two-year-old races were dominated for first season sires.
Capitalist took his total of winners to 21 overall and 20 in Australia when Silver Thorn (2 g ex The Grey Flash by Not A Single Doubt) won a Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Gosford on Sunday.
His nearest rival on the leading first season sires table by winners is Star Turn (Star Witness) who notched up winner number 19 overall and 18 in Australia when Wilkshire (2 g ex Private Kiss by General Nediym) won a Maiden Plate (1021m) at Sapphire Coast.
With only a week to go Capitalist looks likely to take the title by number of winners and sits second behind his barnmate Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt) in terms of earnings.
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Singapore Racing Tips
Check out all the tips and form plus Previews and Reviews for Kranji this weekend
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Kiwi trainer Donna Logan is sticking to the same recipe of a low-key start for Minister as the Kranji Mile winner kicks off his new Cups campaign with a 1200m sprint first-up this Sunday.
When the Street Sense five-year-old had his first start for Logan at Kranji, coming off a four-month break during which he was transferred from his former handler Lee Freedman, it came in a similar 1200m contest in Class 2 company.
Logan also put her apprentice jockey Fadzli Yusoff up, with the middle-distance performer finding the race too sharp, as half-expected.
The result – 10th to Lim's Lightning – in itself meant little to Logan. It was only part of a journey towards the destination.
Minister had one more warm-up, and over the more suitable 1600m. With regular partner A'Isisuhairi Kasim taking it from there, he duly improved with a fourth place to Sacred Croix, and we all know the happy finale one month later on May 22.
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AFL Weekend Preview
WHO MAKES THE EIGHT?
Racing And Sports provides Match Previews and a Betting Suggestion for some added interest
Like the most ghoulish thing you can think of, the AFL, almost forced by hand having to program St Kilda against Carlton on the Friday night, makes Freddy Krueger look like a saint.
It's like that famous David Attenborough narrated documentary of the baby iguana avoiding the horde of snakes. You think you know the outcome and you don't really want to know the outcome but you are compelled to keep watching it.
St Kilda hasn't been able to grasp any of its chances yet still are half a game off eighth spot. Carlton is effectively a rabble and is only one game further back.
With a win, the Saints will sit inside the Eight, if likely for only a day but it is a measure that you should never give up on a season unless it is mathematically impossible.
The incentive of Finals needs to be a carrot chased. Even if you lost the first one, that experience can be learned from and used as a tool to drive the next season.
St Kilda isn't winning the 2021 Flag from the last spot in the Finals (he says with trepidation after 2016). But they have enough good players to cause a few teams troubles in any one game.
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Timeform Views – Maurice Tops First Season Sires by Adam Blencowe
Japanese stallion Maurice sits seventh for both number of winners and total earnings among first season sires but beyond those surface numbers lay clues that he may prove the pick of the freshman.
Maurice was a slow starter on the track. After two seasons he had established himself as a handy horse, rated 109, but had won just twice in seven starts and had been out of the placings in all four attempts in group races. He would go on to win nine of his next eleven starts, six of them at the top level, and retire rated 132.
He may well follow a similar trajectory off the track. Eight winners in Maurice's first season in Australia sits well behind category leader Capitalist with 20 and the $890k earned is around a quarter of what Extreme Choice's progeny, headed by Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside, earned in 2020/21.
Last year we looked back at first season sire race which you can read here and noted that these measures (wins and dollars earned) were shallow.
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Chris Scholtz - Early Thoughts
R&S contributor Chris Scholtz takes a look at tomorrow's Sydney racing.
Has made good progression since joining the Ryan/Alexiou yard, winning easily first-up over 1200m at Newcastle before his luckless last start placing over the same trip at this course on July 17 when he was promoted to second after a protest.
Would have gone close with the right luck in this class last time and should prove hard to beat over this extra trip on a drier track from a better barrier draw.
Has progressed in each of his four starts since resuming and should strip at his top for this after his last start third over this course and distance when he was held up at a vital stage on a heavy track.
Sure his stable have been waiting to get him on to a firmer racing surface and the change of rider to a revitalised Hugh Bowman is definitely the right fit for this strong gelding.
This fit and honest Savabeel gelding has been anchored by higher weights in recent starts and is sure to appreciate a 4kg drop from his last start over 1550m at Canterbury when he charged home late to be beaten just on a length under 60kg.
This will be his first start at Randwick and expect him to find the drying big track with James McDonald on board for the first time very much to his liking.
BLACKBOOK UPDATE from 24 July (Horses to follow at their next three starts)
Recent Blackbook winners – Chat, Kutayha, Furrion, Criminal Code, Blondeau, La Chevalee, Our Playboy, Harpo Marx, Montez, Tycoonist, Matowatakpe.
ELIGIBLE BLACKBOOK RUNNERS for 31 July
TRIAL WATCH HORSES for 30 July – 1 August
Recent Trial Watch winners - Prince Invincible, Tocomah, Frosty Rocks, Brigantine, Laurelin, Sealion, Larkspur Run.
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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