Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - TRIBECA STAR (6) looks placed to perfection third-up after catching the eye late when third over 1100m at Ipswich on October 18. Stable in form and should be able to get cover from the sticky gate. Go close. LISZTOMANIA (4) consistent gelding resuming from a six-month break. Finished runner-up in this grade last time in and has a solid fresh record. Gets the right run from the gate. LOVE SHUCK (5) won first up two starts ago at Wagga but couldn't go on with it last start when 11th over 1200m at Randwick. Will need to do more here, but fitter can find the line. ZARU (3) comes here with definite place claims.
RACE 2 - FALL FOR CINDY (5) smart mare who stable have always had an opinion of. Up in grade last Saturday when had no luck from the wide gate running a tough fourth over 1400m at Randwick in Bm78 class. Gets the right run today with the leading jockey booked. NAILS MURPHY (4) promising Maher/Eustace import who resumed in good style with a gritty third over 1400m at Randwick on October 14. Gets a much better run today and is undefeated second-up. Hard to hold out. DREAM HOUR (2) was well-supported on resumption when a swooping 1.3 len victory over 1300m at Randwick Kensington on October 18. Has upside and will appreciate the extra trip. PEACE OFFICER (1) tough gelding racing in career-best form. Warmed up late for a convincing 1.2 len win over 1400m at Randwick in easier company on October 21. Rawiller is back aboard and expected to take a hand in the finish.
RACE 3 - Group 3 placegetter MOUNTAIN GUEST (8) has hit her straps this time in and drops sharply in grade today after holding on well to run 2.75 lens seventh over 1600m at Randwick in the G3 Angst Stakes on October 14. This is much easier and looks the one to beat out to the 1900m. QUEENMAKER (5) consistent mare who gives her all. Will appreciate the easier grade after sticking on well to finish fourth over 2000m at Randwick in a Bm88 on October 21. Expected to be in this for a long way. PESHMERGA (4) looks close to her peak now third-up after heading to Victoria when a fighting fourth over 2025m at Cranbourne in the Pinker Pinker on October 13. Smart on her day and can figure in the minor money. Group 2 placegetter AUSBRED RISING SUN (6) is on the quick back-up after catching the eye late when ninth over 1600m at Randwick a week ago. Undefeated this trip and Tyler Schiller keeps the ride. Value prospect.
RACE 4 - AFTERLIGHT (7) well-bred Waller mare who comes out of a strong form race after an unlucky fourth over 1100m at Warwick Farm on October 11. Has won third-up and will appreciate the weight drop despite the rise in grade. Go close. SHOHEI (2) smart Hawkes-trained mare returning from a seven-month spell. Building a nice record and looks placed to advantage after running second in the Gold Bracelet at Bendigo last April. Looked to have plenty up the sleeve in two trials and brings excellent fresh figures. CHOLANTE (8) returned with 61.5kg when a fast finishing second over 1100m at Hawkesbury in much easier grade on October 19. Undefeated second-up and has the upside to figure prominently today. BALLROOM BELLA (10) lightly-raced filly at her top now fourth-up. Stuck on well after having to work hard from the wide gate when second over 1100m at Warwick Farm on October 11. First attempt at the 1200m and has each-way prospects.
RACE 5 - Group 2 winner ZOE'S PROMISE (3) returns after a spell of five-and-a-half months and is now in the care of Kris Lees. Has placed first-up and looks primed for this with two solid trials under her belt. The booking of Nash Rawiller is a positive lead. OVERRIDING (5) progressive Nathan Doyle trained mare building a good record. Returned with a gritty third over at Randwick on October 21. Goes just as well second-up and her best form is over the 1300m. Go close. MARS MISSION (8) Deep Field colt who lacks consistency. Will relish the extra trip after running on late when fifth over 1100m at Randwick in this class on October 21. Close to his top and expected to run well. PIONEER RIVER (2) struggling to break through this time in and on the quick back-up after finishing a close third over 1200m at Randwick last Saturday. Has won over 1400m and stays in the mix.
RACE 6 - OAKFIELD ARROW (5) consistent mare set to peak third-up. Covered ground with the 59kg when a close-up fourth over 1400m at Randwick on October 21. Drawn to stalk the speed and has a good record at this track. BACKROWER (10) has disappointed this time in but worth another chance today from the good gate. Having his fifth start here and has the ability to take this out on best form. MODERN MILLIE (19) tough mare who comes out of a strong race when resuming to run third behind FALL FOR CINDY over 1400m at Warwick Farm on October 11. Maps well and is not to be underestimated. SMARTAWI (14) raced in better races last time in and caught the eye first-up when 13th over 1400m at Randwick on October 21. Look for him late with the good early tempo.
RACE 7 - PRIVATE EYE (4) turned in a tenacious performance from the wide gate when a solid 0.8 len third over 1200m at Randwick in The Everest on October 14. Since fitted with a recent tick-over trial. Smaller field and extra trip is in his favour. Go close. THINK ABOUT IT (1) got all the breaks from the good draw when held off all challenges to score a long neck victory in The Everest at Randwick over 1200m. Won five from six this trip and will take plenty of catching again. BELLA NIPOTINA (6) tough mare who was beaten by the wide gate when motored late to run third over 1200m in the G3 Sydney Stakes at Randwick on October 14. Drawn out again but extra trip and smaller field suits. Sure to be strong late. MAZU (3) raced without luck this time in and has the ability to improve sharply today after being taken back from the outside gate when 11th over 1200m in The Everest at Randwick. Can figure in the minor money.
RACE 8 - OSIPENKO (7) tough entire who comes out of a strong form race when third to MR BRIGHTSIDE in the G1 Makybe Diva two back at Flemington. Three weeks between runs when a plugging tenth behind GOLD TRIP over 2000m in the G1 Turnbull Stakes at the latest. Recent tick-over trial has him spot on for this. Queensland Derby winner KOVALICA (5) has a sense of timing third-up after making up good ground late when fifth over 1600m in the G1 King Charles III Stakes at Randwick last time out. Will go back again from the poor draw but good early tempo should see him motoring late. AMELIA'S JEWEL (16) smart WA-trained mare who turned in the worst run of her career when ninth over 1600m in the G1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on October 14. Damian Lane retains the ride and maps well for this. HAWAII FIVE OH (1) finished third in the Stradbroke Hcp last prep and three runs back have been full of merit. Rawiller is back aboard and gets every chance to run the 1500m out from the good gate.
RACE 9 - Group 3 placegetter CANBERRA LEGEND (6) is a UK import making his Australian debut for the James Ferguson yard. Resuming after a ten-week break since finishing last of five in a small field at York in the G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes over 2414m on August 23. Big drop in weight and will take plenty of holding out with the 53kg. Group 1 placegetter STROKE OF LUCK (9) improved sharply second-up when a fighting long neck victory over this journey at Randwick on October 21. This much tougher but has further improvement on the limit weight. The Metropolitan winner NO COMPROMISE (1) has come back well and looks set to peak on the quick back-up after finishing fifth over 1800m at Randwick last Saturday. Desperate for this trip and sure to be strong late. Multiple Group 3 winner DIAMIL (2) did a good job at latest when second in the G3 Coongy Cup at Caulfield over 2000m on October 18. Has a fitness edge over most of these and not to be underestimated.
RACE 10 - WAY TO THE STARS (3) progressive sprinter kept fresh for this. Nailed on the line with the 59kg when a nose second over 1100m at this track on October 7. Looked sharp when a 3 len winner in a recent 900m trial. Rawiller sticks and will take plenty of holding out. JEDIBEEL (9) promising sprinter going nicely through his grades. Had no luck from the wide draw when sixth at Randwick over this distance last time out. Gets the right run here and is not to be underestimated. TRISTATE (2) handy sprinter who decimated a field two back over this course and distance. Forced to work hard early when up in grade and trip to finish a gritty fourth over 1200m at Randwick on October 21. Claim helps and expected to take a hand in the finish. SMASHING EAGLE (8) is a hope if he brings his A-game.