Randwick Preview: Let the Sun shine again at Randwick

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Randwick G1 Mostyn Copper Randwick Guineas $1,000,000 1600 metres

Boom colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice) will certainly appreciate the step up to a mile here following his resuming success in the G2 Hobartville S. a fortnight ago.

Already the owner of three Group 1 titles so soon in his career, the Chris Waller-trained star won’t have it all his own way with the presence of the glamour filly Nakeeta Jane (So You Think {NZ}) in the line-up.

She has been a dominant winner of both of her starts this preparation, including a most recent success in the G1 Surround S. and, like The Autumn Sun, the best looks yet to come up as she moves up in trip.

Vegadaze (Lope De Vega {Ire}) gave a good account of himself when runner-up in the Hobartville while G1 Spring Champion S. winner Aramayo (Poet’s Voice {GB}) is back from Melbourne where he finished third in the G3 Autumn Classic and is a place hope again.

Leading Kiwi 3-year-old Madison County (NZ) (Pins) makes his Australian debut and whatever he does he’ll improve on. A failed sale has interrupted his preparation and he hasn’t raced for six weeks.

Shoals one of the best

Randwick G1 Canterbury League Club S $500,000 1300 metres

A small but select band of sprinters will vie for major honours and sees the well-performed Shoals (Fastnet Rock) return to action following a break.

Successful twice on the course, she is a three-time winner for trainer Anthony Freedman off a break and can again give a bold showing.

Shoals is returning after a break

Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) was undone on a soft track when fourth in the G2 Expressway S. and he’s since won two barrier trials to keep him up to the mark.

Pierata (Pierro) placed in one of those trials and he’s a tough and genuine short course performer while Kementari (Lonhro) was runner-up in the Orr S. and is hard to leave off tickets for multiples.

The 3-year-old Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) will improve with his last run, but he will need to in this company.

Fresh Redzel set to fly

Randwick G2 Hyland Race Colours Challenge S $500,000 1100 metres

The re-appearance of the multi-millionaire Redzel (Snitzel) will be keenly awaited and he has the record to back his resuming claims having won four times first-up.

He has drawn out a touch, but in a small field he’s good enough to make his own luck.

Talented short course performer Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi {Ire}) is also resuming and he’s won both of his lead-up trials and, like Redzel, has performed well fresh in the past.

Kaepernick (Fastnet Rock) has been thereabouts lately and is a strong place chance while Estijaab (Snitzel) is a quality filly and a handy four and a-half kilo pull in the weights on the top two can be put to good use from an ideal gate.

Exhilarating filly stands out

Randwick G2 Astus Australia Reisling S $300,000 1200 metres

Exhilarates (Snitzel) is a high class individual and was an outstanding winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

She hasn’t raced since her successful visit to the Gold Coast, but a recent trial victory showed she was ready for her return.

Anaheed (Fastnet Rock) claimed bragging rights after the G2 Sweet Embrace S. and the only possible question mark over her is handling the quick back-up.

Tenley (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}), a stablemate of Exhilarates, and Tony Gollan’s Vincere Volare (I Am Invincible) are both unbeaten and capable of stepping up to this class while Anaheed’s barn mates Belitsa (Rubick) and Wayupinthesky (Snitzel) strengthens the hand of the Snowden stable.

Time for colt to reign

Randwick G2 UNSW Todman S $300,000 1200 metres

The G1 Golden Slipper S. prospects of Time To Reign (Time For War) will be tested here, but he looks up for the challenge.

He has won three of his four starts and last time out he was dominant in the G2 Silver Slipper S., in which he beat the then Slipper favourite Tassort (Brazen Beau).

Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) lost his perfect record when runner-up in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic so his form speaks for itself. He has since had two trials to fit him for this.

Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) is having his first run for Chris Waller and looked good last preparation while McLaren (Exceed And Excel) was dominant on debut before his last-start fourth. A better track may see him more competitive.

Sweet mare to bounce back

Randwick G3 Wenona Girl Quality $160,000 1200 metres

In an open affair, Sweet Scandal (Sepoy) has a golden opportunity to return to her top form.

She won two in a row during the summer and following a month off she finished fifth in the G3 Triscay S. The 4-year-old has a tricky draw to work with, but on the plus side she does possess good gate speed.

Resin (Exceed And Excel) has fashioned a tidy record with five wins from 11 appearances and she has the benefit of a couple of trials to fit her for the opening of her autumn campaign.

Spright (Hinchinbrook) was a sound fifth when returning in the G1 Oakleigh Plate so should find this an easier assignment and Winter Bride (Not A Single Doubt) made grand progress during the spring with a pair of Group 3 wins at Caulfield. She has only been beaten once in four first-up attempts.

Win can’t come soon enough

Randwick G3 Teed Up Golf Tours Aspiration Quality $160,000 1600 metres

All Too Soon (All Too Hard) is a live chance to pick up the first black type victory of her career for trainer David Payne.

Fourth in the G2 Matriarch S. in the spring, she returned from a spell to finish runner-up at Rosehill and she’ll appreciate the mile in this.

Luskintyre Lass (Snitzel) was a course and distance winner in late January and a subsequent trial win should have her ready to roll again. The lightly-tried Oceanex (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) has won her last three on the bounce and has also trialled well since last racing.

Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) turned in a handy resuming run in the G2 Millie Fox S. and while this is again short of her best, expect her to be finishing hard. She has won second-up in the past.

Speedster having a ball

Randwick Listed Tokyo City Keiba Fireball S $140,000 1100 metres

Baller (High Chaparral {Ire}) is really shining over the shorter trips and this looks a gilt-edged opportunity for him to further his record.

Humma Humma (Denman) is a Group quality filly in fine touch and Prophet’s Thumb (I Am Invincible) will appreciate getting back on a drier track. Santos (I Am Invincible) and Sandbar (Snitzel) are other strong chances.

Casterton one to follow

Randwick Listed Luxury Network Randwick City S $140,000 2000 metres

Casterton (Ire) (Fastnet Rock) caught the eye when he finished fourth when resuming in the Listed Parramatta Cup. He will be all the better for the outing and should be hard to beat with James McDonald in the saddle.

Jaameh (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) and Big Duke (Ire) (Raven’s Pass {USA}) are also second-up and can make their presences felt while Emperor’s Way (Roman Consul {NZ}) has the benefit of a couple of runs under his belt.