Front Page Special For Saturday 23 February 2019

Caulfield Race 6 - 11 Alizee  - Class with a Capital A. That is the best way to describe Godolphin's mare running in the Futurity Stakes.

Alizee is already a dual Group 1 winner and we think she will add to that on Saturday.

She was good in the Christmas Classic and even better in the Expressway Stakes when racing some of her rivals of today.

Likely to drift back anyway from the draw, she will give them a start but will get a cart into the race on the back of any number of good horses and lose little with Bowman back on.

The watch could be easy as we think Alizee will run on by to confirm her spot as clear No 1 seed for the All-Star Mile.

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The Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes will see some of the best two-year-olds in the country compete for a whopping $1,500,000 in prizemoney. Stacked fields in the Ladbrokes Oakleigh Plate and the Futurity Classic will ensure that there is plenty of value on offer for punters across the entire day.

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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.

Junglized is great odds

The Chris Waller stable is not renowned for winning first up, so when one does you have to take notice. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 6 - 4
So Taken  @ $5.00

EACH WAY PLAY: Race 9 - 14
Junglized  @ $6.00

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


Blue Diamond Day is one of the biggest and best on the racing calendar and it's a terrific betting heat in 2019. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 6 - 11 Alizee  @ $2.20
EACH WAY PLAY: Race 7 - 13 Brooklyn Hustle  @ $11.00

For all your Melbourne form, stats, neurals and state of track Click Here
Brooklyn Hustle is forgotten in the Diamond


Progressive sprinter Capital Connection looks well placed for a second-up win at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Read More

BET OF THE DAY: Race 5 - 7
Capital Connection  @ $2.80

EACH WAY PLAY: Race 7 - 8
Deep Image  @ $6.00

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


Bit of a quiet meeting in Adelaide before we begin the lead up to Adelaide Cup time in a fortnight. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 5 - 4 Fancy Runble @ $5.00
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 1 - 7 Utzon  @ $3.40

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


The Detonator Stakes is the feature on the Ascot card and we think it's the second leg of a Pike double. Read More

BET OF THE DAY (1): Race 1 - 5 Seven Castles  @ $1.75
BET OF THE DAY (2): Race 6 - 1 Star Exhibit  @ $2.50

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

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Chris Scholtz - Early Thoughts

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


Rosehill Race 3 - 7 Archedemus 

Added to growing reputation when he came off an impressive trial win to score first-up under 59.5kg over 1300m at Warwick Farm for his third win in just five starts.

Can only get better, especially as he will relish the soft track conditions after showing excellent wet track talent with a big nine lengths win in the heavy before a spell. Rise in class should not be a concern from favourable draw.

Rosehill Race 6 - 4 So Taken 

Ready for this class after coming back from a spell in a big way with a dominant win over 1100m at Warwick Farm on January 28, revelling in the heavy ground under 57.5kg.

All her three wins have been on affected tracks and no reason why she can't extend that record with a handy 3.5kg drop in weight off her first-up win.

Rosehill Race 9 - 13 Malahat 

Ready to peak after two strong efforts since resuming, especially last time when he just failed to peg back stablemate Badajoz over 1000m at Warwick Farm when having his first test on a soft track.

In a wide open race he is sure to find the extra 100m to his liking with the re-application of blinkers and switch to a stronger rider key moves in his favour.

BLACKBOOK UPDATE from 16 February (Horses to follow at their next three starts)

Pohutukawa - Class filly. Big in size and talent.
Hursley - Certain improver.
Stars Of Carrum - Strong start to his classic campaign.
Osborne Bulls - Must get his G1 win soon.
Widgee Turf - Gave away too much start under big weight.
Macewen - Nothing went right. Stay with him.

Recent Blackbook winners - Nakeeta Jane; In Her Time; Intuition; Reckless Choice; Rock; Andy's A Star; Heptagon, Bons Away, Naantali; King Lear; Amercement; Harmattan; Sure Knee; Teodora; Gresham; Military Zone.


Moonee Valley (Fri) - Spanish Whisper (R7) and Multaja (R7)
Caulfield (Sat) - Sikandarabad (R1), Secret Blaze (R2), Futooh (R4), Zousain (R5), Land Of Plenty (R6), Shotmaker (R7), I'll Have A Bit (R8) and Shillelagh (R9)
Rosehill (Sat) - Purple Sector (R5), Savatiano (R7), Emperor's Way (R8), Tangled (R8), Akasaki (R9) and Renewal (R9)
Eagle Farm (Sat) - Veladero (R3) and Fighting Teo (R4)


Canterbury (Fri) - Mesmer (R1), Clear The Beach (R6) and Don't Leave Me Out (R7)

Moonee Valley (Fri) - Multaja (R7)

Rosehill (Sat) - Caprera (R1), Tassort (R1), Born A Warrior (R2), Signore Fox (R3), Just Shine (R4), Golden Tycoon (R6), The Tenor (R6), Mansa Musa (R6), Wagner (R6), The Soloist (R6), Invictus Salute (R6), She's Furline (R6), Baller (R6), I Am Serious (R7), Moss Trip (R7), Epidemic (R7), Dyslexic (R7), Camdus (R9) and Renewal (R9)

Born A Warrior (Rosehill 11 February) - Second trial for this $1.4 million colt by I Am Invincible and really showed his stuff as he led under restraint and easily opened up a big gap on the chasers from the 400m to the 200m before coasting to the line but still 3.8 clear at the finish. The merit of his effort lies in his fast time (53.99/34.30) for the 895m, far superior to the winning time by the boom colt TASSORT (55.79; 35.70) in his heat.

Faretti (Randwick 7 February) - There will be high expectations for this $2 million colt when he debuts after two impressive trial wins. This effort showed he has good field sense and can respond under pressure as he was steadied to get back after the start and was left six deep as he travelled into it from the 500m. He then put the foot down over the last 200m to burst clear and win by 1.8 lengths in the fastest time of all the 735m heats (43.12/33.50). Reliable form.
Moss Trip ready to go

Moss Trip (Rosehill 11 February) - Quality mare has been off the scene since last winter but she looks in great form to resume after winning her 1030m heat in the fastest time (61.70) with a big surge from off the pace. Kerrin McEvoy rode her quietly in midfield six lengths off the lead until giving her the slightest encouragement 100m from the finish when the response was immediate. Super impressive running past her rivals with McEvoy sitting quietly.

Dyslexic (Rosehill 11 February) - Another class mare stood out in the 900m heats, sitting three deep in midfield before rounding up her rivals that included Redzel with ease under a hard held ride from Tommy Berry. She put the fastest 900m heat time and sectional on the board (54.44/34.30) in her first trial since November and suspect she will take plenty from this strong hitout.

Invictus Salute (Warwick Farm 10 August) - Lightly raced filly has had obvious issues since she went straight from a provincial maiden win to a black type placing at Scone last May. She produced this impressive trial win at the start of the season when she led at her ease and was never asked to extend and she has since had another three well-spaced trials showing the same talent to win twice and finish second in the other. Creates a lot of interest.

Caulfield (Sat) - Zousain (R5) and Spright (R8)

Gosford (Sat) - Adonis Victorious (R6) and Reconsider (R7)

Hawkesbury (Sun) - Bondi Boy (R4), Columbia (R5), Enfilade (R6) and Road To Heaven (R7)

Taree (Mon) - Nosey (R4)

Nowra (Mon) - Baaed (R7) and Reconsider (R7)

Recent Trial winners - Tuesday Special; Classique Legend; Miss Antares; Winx; Archedemus; God Of Thunder; Gem Song; Fiesta; Carambola; Trope; Amercement; McLaren; Alizee.

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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Korean Racing Form and Features

Anyone having a bet on Korean races?

Racing and Sports has all the form covered from around the world.


Seoul Race Analysis 23 February

Seoul Media Selections 23 February


Richard Oliver did it on Friday and on Sunday it was the turn of Ioannis Poullis to make his Busan breakthrough and ride his first Korean winner.

The Cypriot jockey did it the hard way too, guiding 60/1 chance Jeongsang Korea to victory in a hard-fought concluding race 6.

Poullis debuted at Busan just before the Lunar New Year holiday but started in earnest this Friday when he made the places for the first time. His book of four rides on Sunday looked uninspiring and so they had proved to be with his first three mounts of the afternoon only beating one horse between them.

That all changed in the last though as Poullis brought Jeongsang Korea, who last won in December 2017, through late to score by just over a length in the 1200M class 2 contest. 90/1 chance Ubaki got closest to the winner, making for an unlikely 2700/1 exacta.

Read the full article

Busan form for Friday is available right here
Seoul form for Saturday is available right here
Busan form for Sunday is available right here
Seoul form for Sunday is available right here

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Timeform Review: The Lightning Stakes with Adam Blencowe

In Her Time

The Lightning wasn't so Lightning!

Timeform recap of the 2019 Lightning Stakes won by In Her Time for trainer Kris Lees and jockey Corey Brown.

Twelve months ago we were recapping the Lightning Stakes won by Redkirk Warrior and bemoaning the lack of early tempo.

The form itself was just fine, Redkirk Warrior went on to win the Newmarket and Redzel went on being Redzel, but the lack of early speed made it harder for the better horses to assert their dominance and run big ratings.

The Lightning has traditionally been one of the highest rating races in Australia, and it continues to draw top quality fields, but while we are seeing plenty of high-rating horses in the Lightning we are not seeing them given a chance to run to their best.

The graph below shows the finishing speeds of the 20 Lightning Stakes run this century with the red trendline showing those finishing speeds getting higher and higher.

A high finishing speed is a function of a slower than ideal early tempo. The two low points on our graph are right around what could be considered a genuine pace - it's fairly alarming that there have only been two editions of Australia's premier 1000m sprint that have been genuinely run this century.

Even more so when we consider that one of those was the 2007 Lightning won by Miss Andretti when it was run at Moonee Valley. So just one well-run Lightning from 19 this century at Flemington. Why?

Click here for the full Timeform Review

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Hong Kong News & Form

Happy Valley

We have all the news from Hong Kong and the form for the weekend's meeting


When Zac Purton walked Champion's Way into gate two for the Class 4 Volunteers' Challenge Cup Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley Wednesday, it was his first ride for John Size since a 13th of 14 finish back on 25 November.

That fact has everything to do with Joao Moreira who has enjoyed a slick run of form as Size's stable jockey since his return to Hong Kong in early December.

But Purton had enjoyed five wins from 15 Size rides this term prior to that, and, with the Brazilian ace suspended, the champion trainer turned to the champion jockey to take the sit on one of the stable's exciting young hopes.

'We've got a great record together so hopefully it stays that way,' Purton said after improving his season's win strike rate on Size gallopers to an impressive 37% - dipping to 35% after Har Har Heart ran second for the pair in the finale.

Click here for the full story

Sha Tin form for Sunday is available right here

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Feature Race Runners

Nakeeta Jane

Keep up to speed on which horses are running in coming days that are entered in Feature Races

Racing And Sports keeps punters updated on the latest racing information every day.

One of the big attractions during carnival time, when the feature races are conducted mainly in Melbourne and Sydney, is placing a Pre-Post bet. This is a great guide.

There are plenty of options for horses during the carnival.

Click here for the complete FEATURE RACE RUNNERS list

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Singapore Racing Tips

Sacred Croix

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

Find below the links for all the information on the Singapore meeting.

Full Singapore Tips - Friday 22 February



Despite only winning a Kranji Stakes D event on Friday night, the Mark Walker trained Sacred Croix is a must follow, he will be winning plenty.

Lining up at just his third start, Sacred Croix  took a good step forward when launching late in the second event.

An impressive maiden winner the start prior, Sacred Croix again reeled off some very slick sectionals to land the prize.

Ridden by Benny Woodworth, Sacred Croix found a good spot midfield, one off the fence with the Steven Burridge trained Everybody Happy taking up the running.

Close to 5L off the lead passing the 600m, Sacred Croix spotted the leaders a decent start with the first three slipping away into the straight.

While not one to panic, Woodworth pulled him to the centre, before unleashing Sacred Croix inside the 300m.

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

Click here for the full Singapore News

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Timeform Review: Randwick Wrap with Alex Steedman


Winx was Winx

The Randwick Timeform recap featuring a race by race overview of key performers and ones to watch out of the Apollo Stakes program on February 16.

Winx again re-wrote the record books when posting her 30th straight win and in the process became the first horse to win three Apollo Stakes', setting herself apart from dual Apollo Stakes winners Juggler (1996-97) and Sunline (2000-01).

It was business as normal for the mare who recorded the same rating on Saturday as she did when resuming last spring in her namesake event, the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m).

The program commenced in what is becoming common fashion, another Godolphin 2YO success courtesy of Tenley who now gives James Cummings seven of the first 26 runners in the Golden Slipper Order Of Entry.

Team Hawkes kicked off the autumns of their promising three-year-olds Brutal and Diplomatico.

After solid performances against the older horses, the training partnership now has the enviable task of keeping them apart through the carnival.

Click here for the full Timeform Review

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Historical Analysis of the Blue Diamond

Sepoy was far too good


Melbourne's biggest race for the youngsters is worth plenty of money and interestingly has been very good for the future for the placegetters.

Despite the prize money, it tends to be shunned by most northern states horses who concentrate on the Slipper until recently.

The last few winners have been very good juveniles with the 2013 story one of the best feel-goods you could ever wish for.


o Middle of the road barriers seem to be the ones seen to advantage. The dog leg straight means inside gates have to kick up and outside gates struggle around the bend in general.

o Fillies have held their own in recent years with 8 of last 21 + Roedean was first but lost on disqualification.

o Not a great race for favourites before a turn around with the last eight fancied. Only Alinghi and Bel Esprit of the prior recent years took the mantle successfully into and out of the race.

o Dwayne Dunn had four wins in a row - unbelievable.

o David Hayes had a near similar streak going winning three and Lindsay Park had won previously with the likes of Principality, Canonise, Mahaasin & Midnight Fever amongst others. Catchy won again for him in 2017.

o Sepoy was the first to do the Diamond & Slipper double since Courtza in 1989. Redoute's Choice may have done the double but his latest of late scratchings at Rosehill cost him the chance.

o Sepoy was the first since Bel Esprit to win the Preview/Prelude/Diamond.

o Several Golden Slipper winners in recent seasons have been placed such as Miss Finland, Flying Spur & Canny Lad (Crystal Lily sixth).

o 1996 race was at Flemington when Paint won due to the Caulfield redevelopment.

o Last 10 Winners Average Price of winner - $5.50

o Breakdown of winners - 4 fillies & 6 colts

o Races that the winner ran in prior - Blue Diamond Prel (c) (4), Blue Diamond Prel (f) (3), Blue Diamond Prev (c) (0), Blue Diamond Prev (f) (1), Talindert Stks (1), Chairman's Stakes (1).


Written By was dominant
2018 - WRITTEN BY  2c (Written Tycoon x Yau Chin) ($5.50 fav)
Jockey: Jordan Childs, Trainer: Grahame Begg
Barrier: 15, Weight: 56.5kg, Gross Time: 1:09.86
Margin: 2.5L, Track: Good (3), Starters: 16
2nd: Enbihaar (54.5kg), 3rd: Oohood (54.5kg)

Review: Not often in big races which established the field a long way out, do you see such a big move. Written By was double figures in the morning but ended up a strong favourite.

The barrier was the key but Jordan Childs put him right on the pace and was outside lead on the corner. While others were chasing hard he was still on the bit at the 350m.

He wobbled to the centre but won with ease. It was the jockey's first major and the trainer's first result since returning to training when moving south.

Catchy was a filly winner
2017 - CATCHY  2f (Fastnet Rock x Cats Whisker) ($4.75 fav)
Jockey: Craig Williams, Trainer: David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
Barrier: 11, Weight: 54.5kg, Gross Time: 1:09.38
Margin: 0.4L, Track: Good (3), Starters: 14
2nd: Pariah (56.5kg), 3rd: Formality (54.5kg)

Review: Whatever you thought of the class of the race, this was an outstanding win. Lindsay Park had six in but they still had to get the job done. Coming to the turn, Craig Williams, who had the choice of so many rides, was way back but angling for a run.

Once clear he had to charge on the filly and set out after Pariah who loomed as the winner. But she rounded him up and was drawing away. She would have won by further the longer they went. In what looked an even year, could she go further on to Sydney? Time would tell.

2016 - EXTREME CHOICE  2c (Not A Single Doubt x Extremely) ($2.75 fav)
Jockey: Craig Newitt, Trainer: Mick Price
Barrier: 11, Weight: 56.5kg, Gross Time: 1:08.95
Margin: 1.8L, Track: Good (3), Starters: 16
2nd: Flying Artie (56.5kg), 3rd: Zamzam (54.5kg)

Review: This was Mick Price's moment. Having taken it upon himself to be a strong advocate for the industry and given due credit for that he was now getting repayment on the track. These two colts were coming from differing form lines but were impressive nonetheless.

They also came from differing racing patterns. Extreme Choice puts itself on speed, Flying Artie back. With Oliver having to make a choice he went the wrong way.

The winner eased his way forward and was wide the trip but never pressured to be there. He hit the front under a hold and held the margin all the way home as they cleared out.

BLUE DIAMOND STAKES 2016 - Extreme Choice

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