THE Group 2 Breeders Classic at Randwick has attracted a quality field and the bookmakers are finding it hard to establish a clear favourite.
The likes of Danish Twist, Egyptian Symbol and Flippant are all popular elects with punters in what should be a hotly-contested race.
We have form, odds and free tips for every race on the card this Saturday which also included the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes where the Chris Waller-trained Omei Sword has been well-supported.
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Race 1 – ALM Handicap (2000m)
Montauk has hit a purple patch of form with a recent win at Randwick and it looked home last start before coming to the end of its run. The Chris Waller-trained gelding is a multiple winner on this track and the odds suggests that it will be tough to beat again.
King’s Officer returned to form with back-to-back placings and the extra distance should suit. The Terry Robinson-trained gelding steps up in grade, but this isn’t the hardest staying field ever assembled and the light weight of 53kg should help.
Gold Ambition is a last start winner for Bjorn Baker which has the class to take this out. The four-year-old son of Savabeel scored a narrow win at Bathurst and it rises significantly in grade for this, but it should get every chance from an inside barrier so consider.
Race 1 tip: Montauk to win -166.67 at CrownBet.com.au
Race 2 – Hinchinbrook Plate (1100m)
Veranillo was a stylish winner on debut at Rosehill and it looms as a major chance here. The John O’Shea-trained colt ran a solid time over the 1100m and it has subsequently been primed with a trial. It jumps from a good barrier and it will carry plenty of support in the betting.
Eden Roc was beaten as the odds-on favourite on debut, but punters should be forgiving. It races a little greenly, but it hit the line well enough to suggest there’s plenty of talent. It has naturally attracted punters again, but they’re getting a better price which is good value.
Exceeds upset Eden Roc last start and it’s paying a good each way price for this. The James Cummings-trained filly didn’t impress on debut at Canterbury, but there was plenty of confidence in the camp last start and it would pay to follow any positive betting moves.
Race 2 tip: Eden Roc to win +260 at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 3 – Schweppes Gardenia Handicap (1600m)
Strawberry Boy has yet to impress in two runs back from a spell, but the mare has talent and it shouldn’t be dropped just yet. The Waller-trained gelding has yet to win at Randwick from five starts, but it is a four-time winner at this distance having Hugh Bowman in the saddle is a bonus.
Religify has been well-backed after winning with ease last start. The Waller-trained six-year-old defeated a four-horse field by three lengths and while this will be slightly harder, it looks a top chance again. Expect it to be ridden forward and give them all something to catch.
Testashadow comes into this having won well last start and it has a great record at this track. The five-year-old has won four times from nine starts and its win at the Gold Coast was full of class. Tougher here because of the weight, but don’t discount.
Race 3 tip: Religify to win +220 at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 4 – The Chi-X Sprint (1000m)
Dal Cielo must be considered a strong winning chance after its win last start. The Kris Lees-trained gelding scored an impressive two-length win at Warwick Farm and it appears as though it has turned its poor form from last season around. Stick with the four-year-old this season.
His Majesty hasn’t been able to win with the frequency punters would have wanted, but it’s always around the mark. The Kim Waugh-trained grey has placed in all four starts at Randwick and it is being dropped back in distance for this. Inside draw might be a curse, but it should be in the thick of the finish.
Aegean Sea loves to run fresh up with two wins from three starts. The four-year-old mare finished fifth in the Begonia Belle at Flemington behind Sheidel at its last start and that form looks good for this. It hasn’t seen Randwick before, but the 53.5kg will give it every chance.
Race 4 tip: Dal Cielo to win +200 at CrownBet.com.au
Race 5 – Tab Highway Handicap (1200m)
Super Star Bob was a superstar last start when winning against a similar field. The Matthew Dale-trained gelding gave jockey Bobby El-Issa a big thrill and they pair up again for this. It looked to have plenty of ability at this level and it should sit off the pace and come with a big run again.
Nic’s Vendetta was beaten by Super Star Bob last start, but it still ran well for second. The Todd Howlett-trained gelding gets Hugh Bowman in the saddle for a second consecutive start and he will need to produce a top ride from barrier 17. Needs luck, but it’s a chance.
Clipper is a filly with plenty of talent. The Dale-trained three-year-old won its first two starts with ease before easing in the betting last start and running third behind Super Star Bob. It has been well-backed for this which is a good sign and it remains at a luxury weight of 53.5kg with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.
Race 5 tip: Super Star Bob to win +320 at Palmerbet.com.au
Race 6 – Australian Chinese Jockey Club (1200m)
Comin’ Through resumes in this after a top maiden preparation. The Waller-trained three-year-old won at Warwick Farm before running second behind Niccolance on this track. It then travelled to Flemington for the Carbine Club where it scored an impressive win over Morton’s Fork. It wasn’t tested in its recent trials and it should be competitive.
Guard Of Honour is a classy runner which won the Heritage Stakes at this track in September. The Lees-trained colt has subsequently finished fourth and third, with its latest run coming behind Tactical Advantage in the Wilkes Stakes at Randwick. Tommy Berry loves riding over the sprint distances and it should figure in the finish.
Omei Sword is the class runner of the field, having won the Silver Shadow Stakes before finishing second behind Astern in the Group 1 Golden Rose. The High Chaparral filly is unbeaten in two fresh up starts and it should get the last run at them down the outside.
Race 6 tip: Omei Sword to win +140 at Ladbrokes.com.au
Race 7 – China Horse Club Breeders Classic (1200m)
French Emotion has form fresh up and it looked good in patches last campaign. The Waller-trained mare won the Blazer Stakes at Flemington and its last start effort behind I Am A Star was plenty of merit. This isn’t an easy race, but it appears to be value at each way odds.
Danish Twist is the current favourite, despite having no fresh up wins to its name. The Lees-trained mare has finished third in two trials since running ninth in the Myer Classic at Flemington and it will be relying on its good Randwick form for this. Its current odds are too short for us to take.
Egyptian Symbol didn’t fire in the Magic Millions last start, but its win prior demonstrated its ability. The Baker-trained four-year-old is a winner of five from 14 starts and it rarely runs a bad race on this track. Punters will need to forgive its most recent effort and stick with it.
Race 7 tip: Egyptian Symbol to win +380 at CrownBet.com.au
Race 8 – The Star Club R78 Handicap (1600m)
Classic Uniform is a last start winner which has been respected in the markets. The Gary Moore-trained gelding is three-time winner at this distance which included a win at this track by a half-length last time out. It generally holds its form well and should be in the finish.
Liapari is a winner of only two from 15, but the New Zealand export was unlucky last start at Randwick. The four-year-old didn’t receive a great ride from Brenton Avdulla, but the jockey sticks here and punters will be looking for some redemption. It’s a winning hope with only 55kg on its back.
Imanui is a chance down in the weights for Ron Quinton. The four-year-old is unbeaten in two starts at the mile and it flashed home late for third last start. It would prefer some easing of the track, but consider on an each way basis.
Race 8 tip: Liapari to win +400 at Palmerbet.com.au
Race 9 – It’s On! Sydney Handicap (1400m)
Deploy has launched this campaign with three consecutive wins and another could be on the cards. The Gerald Ryan-trained gelding pounced late to win at Randwick last start and despite the rise in weight, it should be tough to beat again.
Top Of My List is right at the bottom of the weights and Deploy gives it a 6kg head start. The Anthony Cummings-trained mare wasn’t far behind the winner at Warwick Farm last start and its form prior included a placing behind the talented Imposing Lass. Include in selections here.
Veladero is fresh up for Chris Waller after a campaign which included back-to-back wins in easier grades. The three-year-old took on the good horses in the Spring Champion Stakes behind Yankee Rose and anything close to that form takes it close.
Race 9 tip: Deploy to place -105.26 at Sportsbet.com.au