THE GOOD OIL
Front Page Special For Saturday 17 November 2018
Sandown Race 8 - 4 The Taj Mahal - On this day last year we really liked this European traveller and twelve months on we are as keen on his chances in the Zipping Classic.
The stable targets this race every year - including winning it four times in a row with their grand galloper whose name now adorns the race.
Off a different campaign in 2018, The Taj Mahal was very tough in the JRA Cup then made a long run from the 800m in the Caulfield Cup and only weakened the last 100m.
This contest shapes up in another manner altogether and Ben Melham, who led most of the way on him in 2017, looks to gain control in this.
As essentially the only WFA standard horse in this, he is fantastic odds around the 3-1 mark. We'll build our own monument to him in our Seven Wonders Of The Punting World when he wins.
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5 State Plays
Mail Around AustraliaFind 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.
Rosehill profiles as something of a trap meeting on Saturday where looking for value shapes as the way to go. Read More
EACH WAY PLAY (1): Race 5 - 6 Firsthand @ $6.00
EACH WAY PLAY (2): Race 8 - 4 Deft @ $7.00
For all your Sydney form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here
The Cup Carnival is over but the spring is far from finished with Sandown always a great meetings for punters. Read More
BET OF THE DAY: Race 8 - 4
The Taj Mahal @ $4.00
EACH WAY PLAY: Race 6 - 4
Holy Snow @ $10.00
For all your Melbourne form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here
Smart sprinter Tyzone can add to his good fresh record when he makes his return to the track at Doomben on Saturday. Read More
BET OF THE DAY: Race 8 - 3 Tyzone @ $4.20
EACH WAY PLAY: Race 9 - 8 Trois Choix @ $8.50
For all your Brisbane form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here
SAY FROM SA
Summer racing begins to kick into effect now with some lead ups to the features around Christmas time. Read More
BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 4 - 3
Diamond Tycoon @ $2.50
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 8 - 10
Over And Above @ $2.70
For all your Adelaide form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here
BEST FROM THE WEST
The Jim Taylor trained Spillinova really caught the eye first up and appears well placed to break through in the sixth event at Ascot on Saturday. Read More
BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 6 - 3 Spillinova @ $3.50
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 7 - 2 Action @ $2.25
For all your Perth form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here
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All your Korean form and news
Anyone having a bet on Korean races?Racing and Sports has all the form covered from around the world.
FULL MEDIA INFORMATION FOR KOREA AVAILABLE HEREBusan Race Analysis 16 November
Busan Media Selections 16 November
Seoul Race Analysis 17 November
Seoul Media Selections 17 November
THE KOREAN PREVIEW
Francois Herholdt will take his first mounts in Korean racing on Friday's card at Busan.
The South African jockey begins an initial four-month license with three rides across the eleven-race meeting on the South Coast.
The globe-trotting rider has ridden in several countries amassing over 1000 winners in a career which began as an apprentice in Durban in 1989 and has taken in spells in Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, France and Saudi Arabia as well as his native South Africa.
Herholdt has ridden six Group winners in South Africa as well as notching up several more in neighboring Zimbabwe and was Champion Jockey in Mauritius in 2004.
Earlier this year, the 44-year-old travelled to Ng'ong Racecourse in Nairobi to win the Kenya Derby on Freewheeler. Herholdt is well prepared for the challenges of making it in a new country and is finding his feet having arrived in Busan earlier this month.
Click here for ALL YOUR FRIDAY KOREAN FORM
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Chris Scholtz - Early ThoughtsR&S Contributing Editor Chris Scholtz takes a look at tomorrow's Sydney racing.
SELECTIONSRosehill Race 4 - 9 Naval Warfare
He's mixed his form for a while now but there were positive signs in his last start third over this same course and distance on November 3 when he ran home hard from a clear last behind Red Excitement and Mask Of Time to be beaten less than a length.
Meets Red Excitement 2kg better and with only 52kg to carry should be a serious threat in this similar field, noting his preference for firm ground and solid form on his home track.
Rosehill Race 5 - 6 Firsthand
He's performed nicely in two well-spaced runs since resuming and is nicely placed for his first 1400m start of his current prep in a race where there pressure should be on from the start.
Rosehill Race 8 - 4 Deft
Progressive Godolphin mare added to her growing record with a strong first-up win over 1100m at Canterbury and is well placed to take another forward step with the benefit of that run over this extra trip.
She's missed a place only once in her seven career starts and while she meets some handy types in Seasons and Ready To Prophet she has the fitness edge on them from her recent win. Should settle on the back of the speed and have the last crack at them.
BLACKBOOK UPDATE from 10 November (Horses to follow at their next three starts)Etymology - You could not miss his late finish.
Secret Vega - Hard to beat in right class.
So Si Bon - One day it will all go right for him.
Sir Isaac Newton - Not Group One but he can stay.
In Her Time - Maybe she wins with a clear go when it was needed.
Shillelagh - No luck but showed she can get a strong 2000m.
Ombudsman - Nice resuming effort from good staying type.
Montrachet - Should benefit from solid first-up third.
Recent Blackbook winners - Chapter And Verse; Bleu Roche; Shillelagh; Newsfan; Royal Celebration; Verry Elleegant; Ranier; Street Tough; Savacool; Ringerdingding; Sesar; Tamasa; Diplomatico.
ELIGIBLE BLACKBOOK RUNNERS for 16/17 NovemberMoonee Valley (Fri) - Tezlah (R7) and Freehearted (R8)
Rosehill (Sat) - Firsthand (R5)
Sandown (Sat) - Wall Of Fire (R2), Eawase (R3), Aristocratic Miss (R3), Black On Gold (R4), Rich Charm (R5), Secret Blaze (R7), Zoutori (R7), Sir Isaac Newton (R8), Bons Away (R9), Invincible Al (R9), Our Crown Mistress (R10) and Snogging (R10)
TRIAL WATCH HORSESCanterbury (Fri) - Boudicea Belle (R3) and Sixes (R3)
Boudicea Belle (Rosehill 2 November) - Placed once from two starts last season and looks to have come on well with a Kembla Grange trial win preceding this smart effort to win the maiden heat over 1030m (1.02.45; 36.30). Patiently ridden to sit second two lengths off the leader before quickly taking command at the 250m when full of running. Soft win flattered chasers as she was eased down late.
Rosehill (Sat) - Chess Star (R1), Our Century (R4), My Nordic Hero (R5), Gibraltar Girl (R7), Seasons (R8), Ready To Prophet (R8) and Catesby (R9)
Seasons (Randwick 30 October) - Talented mare is in for a good campaign after her sharp second in her 1045m heat when she cruised through her gears making ground off without being put under pressure. She's only had four starts and has a very bright future. Followed up with another strong trial third at Canterbury on November 13.
Ready To Prophet (Rosehill 2 November) - Sharp 3YO filly by Smart Missile set to add to her record of one win from three starts last season. Cruised in the lead at her own tempo, sprinted off turn and had plenty in the tank running out a clear 2.3 lengths winner in the fastest of the three 1030m heats (1.02.34/34.60). Hard to beat fresh.
Kembla (Sat) - Brazenpine (R1), Perigord (R3) and Brigid Of Kildare (R6)
Scone (Mon) - Hard Reality (R1), Defeat (R2) and Stella Sea Sun (R2)
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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Singapore Racing Tips
Check out all the tips and form plus Previews and Reviews for Kranji this weekendFind below the links for all the information on the Singapore meetings.
Full Singapore Tips - Friday 16 November
Click here for ALL YOUR FRIDAY SINGAPORE FORM
Full Singapore Tips - Friday 18 November
Click here for ALL YOUR SUNDAY SINGAPORE FORM
FULL MEDIA SELECTIONS AVAILABLE HERESingapore Media Tips Friday
Singapore Derby placegetter Elite Invincible reigned supreme in the Gold Cup on Sunday, aided by a masterful ride from Benny Woodworth.
Lining up from the widest draw, Woodworth made his intentions clear early, when springing the gates to take up the lead.
Finding the fence just past the winning post (for the first time), Elite Invincible eased back to settle third with the Michael Clements trained McGregor pressing on.
Enjoying a lovely run in transit, Elite Invincible travelled well into the straight and with McGregor swinging wide on the home turn, Elite Invincible enjoyed the saloon passage up the fence.
Hitting the front shortly after, Elite Invincible kicked clear with class galloper Circuit Land stalking him throughout.
Easing off his heels inside the 200m, Circuit Land loomed up to challenge, however Elite Invincible was too strong, scoring narrowly on the line.
Click here for the full Singapore News
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The Stats Report with Simon Dinopoulos
ZEROING INWe go about finding a weekend special from a statistical angle.
Rosehill Race 8 - 5 Seasons
Very promising mare from the Les Bridge stable who has created quite the impression in four starts to this point.
Arguably should have been unbeaten last preparation, after she had no luck first up at Canterbury.
Went to the paddock off a new career peak and has trialled very well in the lead up, most recently at Canterbury on Tuesday.
Ridden cold, Clark barely breathed on her and she found the line nicely only to beaten 0.6L.
She looks airborne and has drawn to get into a lovely stalking position, with decent speed anticipated.
May need a touch of luck getting off the fence, but trust Clark to give her every chance and she should prove very hard to beat.
Simon Dinopoulos' Three Tips for Sky Sports Radio
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Timeform Review: Melbourne Cup week with Adam Blencowe
Santa presented the bestAnother Melbourne Cup Carnival is in the books. 507 runners (up 20 from last year) posted a median level of performance of 96.25 on Timeform's scale - slightly up on both recent averages and last year's median performance value of 95.
That slight bounce in quality came on the back of more depth at the top end. 31 horses ran to a rating of 115 or higher in 2018 after just 24 could achieve as much in a 2017 carnival that was below recent averages on that score.
Seven horses ran to 120 or above which was identical to 2017 and the highest rating of the week also mirrored last year, the Sprint Classic winner Santa Ana Lane producing the best performance across the four days rated 126.
A rating of 126 marks Santa Ana Lane as the equal of Redzel and Trapeze Artist at the top of the Australian sprinting ranks at present.
The common view seems to be that the Australian sprinting ranks are lacking for real star power at the moment and this assessment falls into line with that to an extent.
Three tied at the top (Pierata sits just a pound away at 125) says things are very even at present but the VRC Sprint Classic still took more winning than any other race across the biggest week of the year - even, yes but weak, no.
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Historical Analysis of the Zipping Classic
ZIPPING CLASSIC - G2 2400mWhile seen as somewhat of a consolation prize, the Zipping (Sandown) Classic does offer excellent prize money.
At G2 level, it caters for many horses just below the Melbourne Cup, although some do back up.
Zipping did an amazing job winning FOUR straight runnings. Take a look at the last few Classic winners.
PROFILING THE RACEo The old Sandown classic is a very good race for the favoured runners.
o Run at Caulfield in 2013.
o While some have come from wide barriers, it never hurts to draw inside in a staying race.
o Winners haven't had to be dour stayers to win this. 2000m horses have been able to get a cushy run and win this.
o 6 of the last 10 winners have run in the Melbourne Cup.
o Last 10 Winners Most Prevalent Age of winner - All ages from 3 to 9.
o Last 10 Winners Average Price of winner - $3.90
o Breakdown of winners - 6 geldings, 1 colt, 2 entires & 1 mare.
o Races that the winner ran in prior - Melbourne Cup (6), Cox Plate (1), Queen Elizabeth Stks (2), Mackinnon Stks (1).
who won this race four times in a row
|The Taj Mahal was at his best|
|Beautiful Romance winning|
|Who Shot Thebarman won courtesy of a great ride|