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Today's Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz: 8th June 2024

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Selections and best bets from Chris Scholtz for the Randwick meeting on June 8 plus Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.

STARMAN Picture: Steve Hart


Best Bets           

RACE 5: (8) BOOTSCOOTER – Value is the name of a game on a huge program with capacity fields on a heavy track. This genuine mare is well placed to improve sharply in this easier class after her eye catching first-up effort in the G3 Dark Jewel (1400m) at the Scone carnival. Boasts an impressive record on affected tracks and will be fitter for the step up to a more suitable distance.

RACE 10: (5) GREBENI - Good trial since a forgive effort when second up at Newcastle. Unbeaten in two starts over this course and distance and has the weights in his favour meeting Waterford 3kg better from their recent clash at Rosehill when he was first-up and produced excellent closing splits. Fitter now and is the one who makes the most appeal at his early price.

RACE 11: (10) STARMAN – He's been tabbed as a non-winner but if he's ever going to end his run of minor placings this is it. He's been second or third in six of his last seven starts in this class with nothing less than 58kg but this time he will benefit from an allowance that sees him down 2kg from his last start second over this course and distance. Has hard race fitness behind him and must be favoured by the conditions bewing in the money in six of his seven starts on soft and heavy tracks.

GREBENI Picture: Steve Hart


RACE 1: (9) SHAMADAN; (12) Vinniro; (8) Smashing Rosie; (7) Madrina

RACE 2: (11) DECADENT TALE; (7) Tympanist; (9) Gelatin; (13) Watch My Girl

RACE 3: (9) SOUL LADY; (11) Tai Lung; (1) Ramones; (5) Nipotino

RACE 4: (6) MISTERKIPCHOGE; (8) Mannerheim; (14) Bestower; (16) Piggyback         

RACE 5: (8) BOOTSCOOTER; (1) Missy Moola; (5) Nana's Wish; (15) It's A Wonder

RACE 6: (11) FLEETWOOD; (13) The Black Cloud; (18) Acapella Sun; (21) Jambalaya

RACE 7: (8) ASTERO; (12) Estadio Mestalla; (16) Kayobi; (15) Cavalier Charles

RACE 8: (6) SIR LUCAN; (12) Williamsburg; (1) Sky Lab; (10) Eliyass

RACE 9: (11) SEMILLION; (12) Quick Tempo; (16) Iowna Merc; (7) With Your Blessing

RACE 10: (5) GREBENI; (15) Ruby Flyer; Waterford; (16) Highlights

RACE 11: (10) STARMAN; (11) Xidaki; (21) Captain Amelia; (2) War Eternal 

BOOTSCOOTER Picture: Steve Hart

Why They Can Win….

RACE 1: (9) SHAMADAN – Straight to the city off impressive heavy track debut win. Looks capable.

RACE 2: (11) DECADENT TALE – Good wet tracker. Open to improvement off strong effort at the Scone carnival.

RACE 3: (9) SOUL LADY - Big win first-up on her home track. Well placed with claim to add to her impressive record.

RACE 4: (6) MISTERKIPCHOGE - Brisbane efforts are good enough for this. Conditions will suit on this big track.

RACE 6: (11) FLEETWOOD – Strong midweek winner holds plenty of scope for improvement. Sure to stalk fast pace.  

RACE 7: (8) ASTERO – Genuine performer at his best on affected tracks. Ready to run to his best off a solid trial win.

RACE 8: (6) SIR LUCAN – Strong form through his last start second in the Gosford Cup. Hard to run down on home track.

RACE 9: (11) SEMILLION - Dictated for easy Listed win in the heavy at Newcastle. Unbeaten when he strikes those conditions.

SIR LUCAN Picture: Steve Hart



RANDWICK SATURDAY: Vinniro (R1); Waverider Buoy (R6); Jambalaya (R6); Astero (R7); Eliyass (R8); Bacchanalia (R9); Dashing Legend (R9); Grebeni (R10)


RANDWICK May 31: Nice placings in open heats from some well performed runners including ASTERO and the import ELIYASS, a Listed winner in France with bright prospects.

ROSEHILL May 24:. BACCHANALIA won another trial for his new trainer Richard Litt, posting the fastest in the three heats over 1030m (62.48; 35.01). He ran along in the lead and came under a ride with the runner-up GREBENI the one that impressed with his strong work over the last 100m.

WARWICK FARM May 7:  The Snowden-trained VINNIRO, a gelding by I Am Invincible, showed he had improved since his two spring starts with a dominant win in the fastest of the three 2YO heats over 1045m (63.98; 35.71).

WARWICK FARM April 26: Nice conditioning trial from BACCHANALIA with a strong win in his 801m heat (47.48; 33.50) in his first trial for his new trainer Richard Litt. I'm not a fan of polytrack trials but it there was plenty to like about the way the heat winner JAMBALAYA went about his business.

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Broadsiding; Yukan Rose; Equipage; Commemorative; Kerguelen; How Dare You; Bat Out Of Hell; Setombe; Unleeshing; Navy Blood; Pink Baroque; Be Real; Glenbower; Clean Energy; Emirate; Zoe's Promise; Contemporary; Rise Of The Masses; Parisal; Graceful Artist; Lizzie's Gem; Spring Lee; Waterford; Highlights; Ikasara; Redbreast

SEMILLION Picture: Steve Hart



EAGLE FARM SATURDAY: Navas Two (R2); Yellow Brick (R5); Concello (R8)

RANDWICK SATURDAY: State Of America (R2); Piggyback (R4); Estadio Mestalla (R7); Iowna Merc (R9); Mnementh (R9); Waterford (R10); Grebeni (R10); Captain Amelia (R11) 

FLEMINGTON SATURDAY: Silent Surrente (R6); Our Last Cash (R9)

TAREE SUNDAY: Enterprise Private (R2)


BLACKBOOKERS – Selected June 1

(Follow for next 3 starts)

BALTRANA (Melbourne): Positive effort. Scope for improvement.

CELEBRITY PRINCE (Perth): Forgive run.

COEUR VOLANTE (Brisbane): Suitable carnival races ahead. 

EXTREMELY LUCKY (Melbourne): Time to step up in distance.

HERCOMESTHESTAR (Melbourne): Can land a late season fillies race.

KAPAKIRI (Sydney): Will take plenty of benefit from first-up placing.

POISON CHALICE (Brisbane): Typical Savabeel. Better for the run.

WYCLIF (Melbourne): Warming up for longer targets.

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Cigar Flick; I Wish I Win; Mayfair Spirit; Payline; Nicolini Vita; Generosity; Bittersweet; Tannhauser; Unusual Legacy; Shock Em Ova; Hezashocka; Let'sbefrankbaby; Hollywood Hero; Skybird; Seonee; Tojaki; Quothquan; Circle Of Fire; Miss Joelene; Terra Mater; He's Our Bonneval; Riff Rocket

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