HorseBetting’s New South Wales racing analyst brings you his betting tips and quaddie selections for Randwick’s nine-race program on Saturday, June 12. Racing on a Soft 7 surface with the rail out 3m for the entire course should see a fairly even day. The first field is due to face the starter at 11:20am AEST.
Randwick Best Bet: Gravina
If there is one jockey in Australia that is red hot at the moment, it is gun apprentice Reece Jones. He teamed up with none other than James Cummings a fortnight ago when winning aboard Gravina, and he lines up here again on the smart colt. The three-year-old son of Sebring has only won two of his eight starts, but the most recent of those was a five-length thumping at this track and trip on May 29. Jones takes 3kg off again, which sees this colt in with only 53.5kg – 1kg less than last time. From barrier two, Gravina will get a lovely run in transit and should be winning again.
Cody Morgan and Louise Day combine in the third with three-year-old gelding Ice In Vancouver. The son of Vancouver was scratched from a very winnable Highway last Saturday and now lines up over 1000m in a Benchmark 78. Day hops off De Grawin, who she has had plenty of success on, to take this ride, and her 2kg claim will only help. Drawn in barrier eight, Ice In Vancouver is likely to cross and lead under the 52.5kg. This can be his fourth win in five starts as he builds toward The Kosciuszko.
Annabel Neasham and Kathy O’Hara combine in the penultimate race with three-year-old colt Holyfield. The son of I Am Invincible has always shown ability, winning four of his 13 starts, although he has never placed at Randwick. Over the 1300m, O’Hara will take this colt forward from gate two, which will allow him to roll along out in front in what looks an uncontested lead. Three starts back, he finished fifth in the Queensland Guineas behind Private Eye, which is a very handy form line; Apache Chase (2nd) won the Fred Best Classic at his next start, Kukeracha (3rd) won the Queensland Derby two starts later, and Tumbler Ridge (4th) won the QTIS Gold Jewel at his next start, making Holyfield’s fifth very enticing. While he has had two starts since, they have been in an Open 3YO race and the Group 3 Fred Best Classic, so back to a Benchmark 94 and down 3kg should make him hard to beat.