AUSTRALIA’S racing focus will be almost solely on Randwick this Saturday after all but one Victorian meets were called off.
Luckily Sydney is hosting a sensational nine race card to distract us from that fact and we cannot wait for the weekend to roll around.
Let’s get straight into the tips.
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Aqua D’ivina looks well placed to win two races in a row. As a short-priced favourite at Wyong the well-bred filly hammered the field to break the maiden, and while the step-up is considerable, we have a very high opinion of what the daughter of Pierro can achieve.
Race 1 tip: Aqua D’ivina to win ($4.20 at William Hill)
Sokudo is a dual acceptor but if it runs here we think it will be hard to hold out. The horse only narrowly missed out on debut at Warwick Farm on December 23 and if it runs to that standard again it will be winning this one.
The Pharoah was a hot prospect six months ago, but a bad run of form has taken it out of the public eye. We have a lot of time for this four-year-old however, and will be backing it in for a bounce back performance due to the significant drop in grade here.
We’ve backed Awesome Pluck in the past and we’re backing it again. The horse is unlucky not to be undefeated in its three run career after recording two losses by a combined half a length. Awesome Pluck will strip fitter after its return run at Port Macquarie on New Years Day and we are expecting a win.