|What||Winx Stakes Day 2021|
|Where||Royal Randwick Racecourse – Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031|
|When||Saturday, August 21, 2021|
|Featured Race||Group 1 Winx Stakes (R8)|
|First Race||11:20am AEST|
HorseBetting’s Sydney form analyst brings you his top betting tips for every race on the 10-part program at Royal Randwick this Saturday, which will see the first Group 1 of the 2021/22 racing season run and won. The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is in the true position for the entire course. The first race is set to jump at 11:20am AEST, while the featured Winx Stakes will go at 3:45pm.
Race 1 – Highway Class 2 Handicap (1100m)
It is a tricky way to start the day with a field of 16 in this Class 2 Highway Handicap. Two horses grab our interest at the very top of the page: Baby Wong and Aytobe. Baby Wong has been very consistent to start his career in some nice two-year-old season in Brisbane, before breaking through to win his maiden at Tamworth in April. The three-year-old son of Press Statement only beat one home in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm and then ran third to the talented Sky Command at this track off a six-week freshen up, so he has to be considered here at the price. As for Aytobe, he was absolutely luckless over 1200m at this track in a very similar race on July 12 after blowing the start. He has since won a trial in nice style, but has to overcome a very wide alley.
Race 2 – Benchmark 78 (2400m)
The stayers get their chance in the second over 2400m and it is not a bad field, all things considered. Master Shuhood is having his fifth run this campaign, and after his last-start second, we are confident he can get in the winner’s stall on Saturday. The seven-year-old gelding will love being on a good track again, and the form behind Harpo Marx looks good enough to have him figuring here at a nice price. Nash Rawiller is booked to ride, but after a mishap on Thursday, that could be in some doubt. From barrier seven, the son of Tamayuz will get over and be in the first couple of runners. He is over the odds at the $12.
Race 3 – Benchmark 72 Midway Handicap (1600m)
We have yet to see an easy edition of these Midway races, and Saturday is no different with the favourite a $5 chance. Matthew Smith’s mare Majella has been lightly raced with only 17 starts under the seven-year-old’s belt, but she has won five including a good one at Newcastle last start. The daughter of Testa Rossa was partnered by Alysha Collett that day, but the appointment of Glen Boss is no loss at all. Drawn in the inside alley, Boss will have this mare in a lovely spot just off the speed and look to pick them off in the straight.
Race 4 – Benchmark 78 (1600m)
This is a very competitive race, and given the unknown surrounding where Seiners Express races (dual acceptor at Randwick and Morphettville), it makes it even harder. James McDonald and Chris Waller combine with race favourite Love Planet, who should take plenty of benefit after his last-start third. If Seiners Express starts in Sydney, we are keen to play on the Maher & Eustace-trained gelding, who brings very good form after winning two of his last three and placing third behind I’m Thunderstruck and subsequent winner Tuvalu. He should get a great run from barrier six and be very hard to beat at the end of the mile. We are with Seiners Express, but if he heads to Morphettville, we will take Love Planet instead.
Race 5 – Benchmark 78 (1200m)
We were happy to be against Nags To Riches first-up and were left with our tail between our legs after the Brad Widdup-trained mare came from a mile back on the Kensington track to win, so we are jumping on board this time at the $7. Tom Sherry’s 2kg claim is advantageous, as the four-year-old will only have to carry 53kg in what is a tougher race than last time out. Drawn in barrier seven, she is going to get back in the run, but there looks to be plenty of speed to set it up for her to storm home again. She looks a nice mare to go through the grades.
Race 6 – Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m)
This is really the first glimpse at some of the top three-year-old fillies as the Spring Carnival kicks off. John Sargent’s Four Moves Ahead is a deserving favourite in Saturday’s Silver Shadow, but also in most of the future’s markets for the Princess Series races.
Nash Rawiller is booked, but again, he is unlikely to ride at the meeting. Four Moves Ahead has drawn ideally in barrier eight, which is likely to see her settle in the first half. She finished fourth in the Golden Slipper in the autumn, which will see her ultra-competitive at her pet trip. Trifaccia was good in her first-up run, especially given she did a lot wrong. She can be ridden more conservatively and be in the finish.
Race 7 – Group 3 Show County (1200m)
This is a very competitive edition of the Group 3 Show County, and we have a very good opinion of Joe Pride’s four-year-old Private Eye. The Queensland Guineas winner does not know how to run a bad race, winning six of his nine career starts, so we hope that he can bring his A-game on Saturday in this. The form around Private Eye continues to stack up, with the likes of Count De Rupee, Apache Chase and Kukeracha all finishing behind him and then winning their subsequent starts. He has drawn very well in barrier five for Brenton Avdulla, who will allow him to settle in a comfortable spot and be picking the runs in the straight. Chat looks to be the main danger after a good second in the Group 2 Missile Stakes last start behind Phobetor.
Race 8 – Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m)
The first Group 1 of the season is upon us, and while the field itself is a cracker, it would be a much better race if it was run at 2000m instead of the seven furlongs. Nonetheless, there will be a winner and it is our job to find it for you. Verry Elleegant won this race 12 months ago in her first-up run on her way to winning the Caulfield Cup, and she looks a very good chance to kick off her spring campaign in the same way this year. She should get a dream run from barrier five, and given that this is weight-for-age, she gets in extremely well at the weights. Star Of The Seas ran second in this race last year and will be more effective at 1400m when fresh, so the $31 presents us with some value in the race.
Race 9 – Group 3 Toy Show (1100m)
There might have been a Group 1 race run half-an-hour earlier, but this is easily the race of the day. A capacity field of 16 fillies and mares has been assembled for the 1100m Toy Show, and it is all class drawn right across the track. Tailleur has given us plenty of joy with six wins in nine career starts, with her only real failure being in her Group 1 debut at the end of last campaign in The Galaxy. She had a bit of a torrid run in transit that day, so we are happy to forgive and get back on her first-up. She is the complete package. New Zealand mare Entriviere is no slouch, winning five of her seven and placing second in the other two starts, including a narrow second in her only Australian start in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes in April when 0.2 lengths behind Fasika.
Race 10 – Benchmark 88 (1400m)
After some brilliant group races throughout the afternoon, we round out the day with a competitive Benchmark 88. Four-year-old New Zealand mare Atishu is having her first start for Chris Waller and we are keen to play. She has started in nine races, winning four and filling the placings on another four occasions, and after a trial victory on August 13, she looks ready to go in her Australian debut. Kerrin McEvoy will partner the daughter of Savabeel from barrier nine, which should see her settle in a handy position as she chases a fifth straight win. Ventura Ocean was good over the summer in Brisbane and returned with a nice fourth behind subsequent winner Frosty Rocks, so he must be respected.
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