Tonight’s Track: Royal Randwick (near Sydney)
Expected ground: “Soft 6” (softer than good ground)
Note: I am unable to download the Australian PPs I use to make selections tonight, so I am employing video replays from racingnsw.com.au.
Royal Randwick – Race 1A (9:10 PM Eastern, 8:10 PM Central, 6:10 PM Pacific) 2yo 7 furlongs set weights, Purse AUD $100,000 Picks: 7-5-3-2
#7 ICON OF DUBAI (5/1) was extremely wide and had to make a premature move to get position. Well bred for the distance, maybe he can turn the tables tonight. #3 Sambro (3/1) and #3 Padraig (8/1) also ran well in Icon of Dubai’s last race, but Sambro got a soft trip near the lead and Padraig was able to save a lot of ground once he got to the front. #5 Lord Cecil (5/1) is the fresh face. He has already tried $125,000 stakes company on the Gold Coast at 6 furlongs. He may do better at 7 furlongs, being a son of Animal Kingdom. He is in his first Australian crop of runners.
Royal Randwick – Race 6A (12:20 AM Saturday Eastern, 11:20 PM Central, 9:20 PM Pacific) 3up 6 furlongs BenchMark 78 handicap, Purse AUD $100,000 Picks: 2-12-10
#2 HEAVENLY ANNA (3/1) has really good HEAVY track form (2 wins), and the ground at Randwick is a Soft 6 tonight so maybe that will help. She also drops from a tough Group 3 on GOOD ground (similar to firm in the USA) at Scone into a very weak BM78 race, a level she has already won. She is allowed to race tonight because an APPRENTICE jockey (read: not as good as a journeyman) gets to claim nearly 7 pounds off and that qualifies her to enter. #12 In Times of War (6/1) and #10 Sisken (10/1) are in good form but have yet to run a competitive race at this level.