Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - TOURISTIC (1) nice return with the 61kg when ran on late to finish fourth over 1550m at Randwick Kensington in similar grade on October 18. Beat BRAYDEN STAR over this trip in the same class last time in. Gets the right run and is sure to be strong late. RISE TO IT (9) racing well in much easier grade and looks to have a staying future. Chasing his third-straight victory today after scoring a gritty victory over 2000m at Hawkesbury on October 19. Has upside but will need plenty of luck from the inside gate. FIRST LIGHT (6) has been up for some time and ran a much better run when transferred back to the Sydney stable to secure third over 1900m at this track on November 4. Quick backup suits but will need a good ride from the gate. SPITFIRE (5) tough Goulburn-trained gelding holding his form well in easier company. Gets nice weight relief with the claim and look for him poking through late.
RACE 2 - SPEYCASTER (6) starting to hit his straps this time in and at his top now after running a tough second over 2400m at Randwick Kensington on October 25. Meets Father's Day better at the weights and is expected to go one better today. Group 1 placegetter CABOCHE (1) is on the quick back-up and gives the indication the 2400m will suit after fighting right to the line when second over 1900m at this track last Saturday. Expecting Rawiller to get the best out of him. Go close. FATHER'S DAY (5) is a well-bred Galileo gelding who improved sharply at third-run back when a tough on-pace winner over today's journey at Randwick Kensington on October 25. Trainer and jockey are building a nice record and can win again. TWIGMAN (9) progressive stayer facing his stiffest test to date. Ran on late when third over 2000m at Hawkesbury on October 19. Kept up to the mark when fifth in a recent 940m trial at Grafton on October 31. Has slim place prospects.
RACE 3 - MISS HELLFIRE (1) smart mare resuming who will appreciate the fast tempo anticipated. Bumped into some handy types last time in and a recent 1045m trial at Randwick was full of merit. Look for her late with the claim. SPIRIT QUEEN (3) lightly raced mare with a consistent record. Solid return when beaten for early speed before warming up late when second start over 1000m at Randwick Kensington on October 18. Will handle the rise in grade and Collett sticks. Has solid winning prospects. EAGLE NEST (5) is undefeated this time in and going quickly through her grades. Ran slick figures when a dominant 3 len victory over this trip at Randwick Kensington on November 1. This is tougher and will encounter more pressure from the wide gate. WAIKIKI (7) win record hardly excites but gets the right race shape today third-up. Big jump in class but drops sharply in weight. Can take a hand in the finish.
RACE 4 - MONTE OUTLANDER (11) tough gelding starting to build a solid record. Came from off the speed for a slick 1.75 len victory over 1400m at Coffs Harbour on October 13. Kept up to the mark with a recent tick-over trial at Coffs Harbour on November 4. Zac Wadick rides again with the claim and has the ability to take this out. Go close. BANDASHA (10) is a lightly raced Shalaa gelding going quickly through his grades from the Matt Dunn yard. Stalked the speed before gaining the upper hand when a nose winner over 1400m at Eagle Farm on October 25. Will need some Rawiller magic from the wide gate. Sure to be thereabouts. BANTARKI (7) won two of his last three starts and at his top now fourth-up. Ran second over the 1500m last prep and will have little trouble over the 1400m from the inside gate here. THE DRAMATIST (2) nice return when fourth to Bandi's Boy over 1200m at Randwick on October 28. Raced well in stronger company last time in and look for him late from the awkward gate.
RACE 5 - SHADOWS OF LOVE (12) is a Kim Waugh-trained mare who gets all the favours here third-up. Found wanting late after sitting on the speed when a neck second over 1250m at Randwick Kensington on October 25. Will take plenty of holding out from the good gate. SUMO STAR (11) is a Maurice gelding resuming from a three-and-a-half-month spell. Expected to put it all together this time in and should sprint well fresh after his strong trial win at Warwick Farm on October 23. Gets the right run and looks a good each-way chance. FLYING DESTINY (1) has a fitness edge over most of these and comes out of a strong race when fourth over 1300m at Randwick Kensington on October 18. Kept fresh and better placed back to the 1200m. VINDICATION (5) is going well and has to be included.
RACE 6 - The Goodwood winner ROYAL MERCHANT (1) looks close to her top now third-up after failing to get clear running when sixth behind ESPIONA in The Invitation over this trip at Randwick on October 28. Can race a little closer today and brings the best figures. Multiple Group 2 placegetter CALL DI (4) has been frustrating for the stable this time in after finishing in the minor money on three occasions from four starts. Back to her home track today and reunites with Rawiller. A repeat of the latest has her right in the mix. Group 2 winner ROOTS (2) is fitter after two runs back and expecting a better showing after getting too far back when 11th over 1400m in The Invitation at Randwick on October 28. Blinkers on for the first time expected to sharpen her up. RUSSIAN CONQUEST (7) was strong through the line second up when a head second at Randwick over 1400m in easier grade on October 28. Smart when right and not to be underestimated.
RACE 7 - SCAMPI (4) failed to live up to expectations when an easing fav on debut, tiring to run tenth in the G3 Brdrs Plate over 1000m at Randwick on September 30. Looks to have trained on after running a sharp third in a 900m trial at Rosehill on October 27. Wide gate is no help but has the ability to take this out. MISS JUDAS (11) was strong through the line on debut when covered ground to run second over 1000m at Randwick on October 27. Likely improver who will relish the extra 100m. SHANGRI LA EXPRESS (1) exploded out of the gates when led all the way to score a dominant debut win in the Kirkham over 1000m at Randwick three weeks ago. Hard to come into the short price from the sticky draw. BETTA BEING SINGLE (13) went out hard on debut and nailed late when a nose second over 1000m at Randwick Kensington on October 25. Sure to take a lot from that run and will be in this for a long way.
RACE 8 - Group 1 placegetter ANTINO (3) has contested the right races this time in and gives the indication the 1800m will suit. Found the line late with the 59kg when second over 1600m at Moonee Valley in the G2 Crystal Mile won by Prowess on October 28. Looks hard to hold out. DEMOCRACY MANIFEST (7) Group 3 winner stepping out to the 1800m for the first time. Strong late from last on the turn when fourth in the Diamond Prelude over 1500m at Randwick on October 21. Has the ability to finish over the top of these. UNSPOKEN (12) progressive gelding chasing his fourth straight victory today. Taken to the front when made a mess of his rivals scoring a big 4 len win at Randwick in the Filante over 1600m on October 21. This is much tougher but racing too well to dismiss. Group 1 placegetter HOO YA MAL (4) is a talented type who finished second two back in the G2 Hill Stakes. This is much easier after running a poor 11th over 2400m in the G1 Caulfield Cup on October 21. Big improver.
RACE 9 - GRINGOTTS (1) progressive gelding going nicely through his grades. Three weeks between starts when he came with a well-timed run to score a head win over 1400m at Randwick two weeks ago. Up in weight today and looks destined for better things. MARS MISSION (6) is hard to catch on his day and on the quick back-up after scoring a slick 2 len win over 1300m at this track last Saturday. Extra trip suits and just needs luck from the inside gate. Group 3 placegetter ATMOSPHERE (2) fitter after two runs back and gets the services of Nash Rawiller today. Freshened up when sat on the speed to secure fourth over 1200m at Randwick at the latest. Well drawn again and best figures have him right in this. FELIX MAJESTIC (5) was 21 days between runs when up in class for a tiring sixth over 1400m at Randwick in Bm78 class on October 28. Collett sticks and has the ability to get across and take catching.
RACE 10 - PLUNDERING (4) classy gelding who resumes after a break of three-and-a-half months. Finished runner-up at his last four outings last prep behind some handy types. Looks ready to go here with two solid trials under his belt. Maps well and no excuses from the good gate. CONTEMPORARY (5) nice return after sitting off the speed before hitting the line late to run fourth over 1100m at Randwick on October 21. Goes just as well second-up and the booking of Rawiller is a bonus. WITH YOUR BLESSING (3) underrated gelding who sat on the speed from the wide draw before tiring late when a close third behind DASHING LEGEND over 1100m at Randwick when resuming on October 21. Well drawn here and expected to figure prominently. GUSTOSISIMO (10) lightly raced gelding jumping sharply in grade. Chasing his third straight victory after leading throughout for a slick 2 len win over 1100m at Randwick Kensington on October 25. Will need everything to go his way from the awkward gate.