Expert tips: Randwick - 06/04/24

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RACE 1 - Group 3 winner ESPIONAGE (1) has been kept fresh since failing to gain a start in the Golden Slipper. Had no luck from the gate when fifth over 1200m in the G2 Todman Stakes here on March 9. Since fitted with a recent Warwick Farm trial win. No excuses from the gate. Go close. ROSELYN'S STAR (4) created a big impression at second race start when a dominant on-pace winner over 1000m at Randwick Kensington on March 13. This is much stronger but has the upside to figure prominently. Group 2 placegetter EXTREME DIVA (7) is a tough filly who will find this easier after finishing fifth in the G2 Reisling Stakes at this track over 1200m. Should handle the going and take a hand in the finish. HALLETT (8) looks an exotic player off the debut win.

RACE 2 - Group 1 placegetter STOCKMAN (2) has the miles in the legs now and is desperate for the rain to arrive. Made a little ground late when sixth over 2400m in the G3 NE Manion Cup at Rosehill on March 23. Placed this trip and will prove hard to beat. CIRCLE OF FIRE (11) former import who steps out to her right trip today third-up. Motored late from well back when fourth over 1900m at Rosehill on March 16. Conditions suit and down sharply in weight. Group 3 winner VERONA (8) has hardly set the world alight in two runs back but has a dominant 2400m win to her name last time in. Gets the right conditions and has a heavy (8) win to her name. Top-three prospect. Looking for improvement from HOPEFUL (4) second up.

RACE 3 - Group 2 placegetter DUCASSE (3) is at his peak now and looks well placed back to the mile. Struggled to see the trip out when seventh over 2000m in the G1 Rosehill Guineas on March 23. Tongue-tie goes on and will handle the going in this easier contest. Group 2 placegetter WITZ END (2) is a Kiwi gelding from the Tony Pike yard with ability. Solid run from the wide gate when second over 1400m at Trentham in the G2 Wellington Guineas on March 16. J Mac rides and must be kept safe. Group 1 placegetter CAFE MILLENIUM (1) failed to get into the race when a dismal 10th in the G1 Rosehill Guineas last start. Go on run prior when a slick third over 1600m in the G1 Randwick Guineas. This looks to be his trip and sure to be swooping out wide late. Group 2 placegetter LES VAMPIRES (4) is a tough on-pace colt with fitness on his side. Went out hard from the wide gate before fading late to run fourth over 1500m in the G2 Phar Lap Stakes at Rosehill on March 16. Ticks a lot of boxes today.

RACE 4 - GOOD BANTER (12) has a sense of timing fourth-up out to the 2000m today. Caught the eye late when a sound sixth in the G3 Kembla Grange Classic over 1600m on March 15. Desperate for this trip now and handles the rain-affected going. Genuine contender. Group 3 placegetter WAIKATO GIRL (3) wound up strongly after drifting back along the inside when third over 1600m in the G3 Kembla Grange Classic. Can race a little closer here and play a leading role. Group 3 placegetter KIND WORDS (8) had excuses at latest when ninth lover 1600m in the G3 Kembla Grange classic on March 15. Stable in form and has the ability to take this out. Group 2 winner AUTUMN ANGEL (1) has to give them all weight today after powering late to win the G2 Kewney over 1600m at Flemington four weeks ago. Maps well and undefeated this trip. The chances don't end there.

RACE 5 - Group 3 winner BANDI'S BOY (1) is a progressive sprinter dropping sharply in grade. On the quick back-up after swooping late when a slick winner of the G3 Star Kingdom Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill last Saturday. Gets to his favoured track today and will have little trouble carrying the extra weight from the good gate. ASSOCIATE (11) showed a devastating turn of foot when picked them up effortlessly from last on the turn to score over 1400m in the Sth Wild Card at Goulburn on March 24. At his top now and look for him getting out late. TRIBECA STAR (7) underrated gelding who will relish the fast tempo here from the perfect gate. A month between runs when strong through the line to finish second over 1400m at Eagle Farm on March 16. Reunites with Nash Rawiller and looks good each-way value. Group 3 placegetter SHARP SHOCK (9) has finished runner-up at his last three outings and has a heavy track win to his name. Will drift back early and can produce slick final splits.

RACE 6 - STORM BOY (1) tasted defeat for the first time, when slowly away and on inferior ground along the inside when a tenacious third over 1200m in the G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 23. Extra trip suits and expected to bounce back with J Mac aboard. COLEMAN (2) on the quick back-up when motored late only to be nailed on the line when a close-up second in the G1 Golden Slipper. Racing like he should relish the 1400m and must be respected. MANAAL (10) classy filly who was snagged back from the outside gate before making up many lengths late to secure fifth in the G1 Golden Slipper. Desperate for this trip and further and has the ability to take this out. TRAFFIC WARDEN (3) wasn't far off the placings in the Slipper. Contender.

RACE 7 - IMPERATRIZ (8) outstanding sprinting mare with the impressive record of 19 wins from 26 starts. Comes here at her top after winning the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1200m. This is her stiffest test to date but gets conditions to suit from the good gate. I WISH I WIN (1) TJ Smith Stakes winner last year returning from a lengthy break. Held up badly along the inside before getting out late to secure second here in the Everest over this trip last October. Since fitted with two searching jumpouts and just needs clean air to pounce late. SUNSHINE IN PARIS (11) classy mare with good figures this track and trip. Rocked late first-up to go under narrowly behind Zapateo in the G1 The Galaxy at Rosehill over 1100m on March 23. Extra trip suits and can take a hand in the finish. AFT CABIN (5) drifted back and covered ground when a poor 12th in the G1 The Galaxy over 1100m at Rosehill at the latest. Desperate for the 1200m now and can turn it around on a heavy track.

RACE 8 - LINDERMANN (16) has come back well this time in and won't know himself with 50.5kg here. Ran slick figures with the 58kg when a dominant 4 len winner of the G3 Sky High Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill on March 16. Hard fit and should be able to get cover from the gate. Solid winning prospect. CELESTIAL LEGEND (19) is starting to put it all together this prep and rewarded for his consistency when a fighting winner of the G1 Randwick Guineas at this track on March 9. Since fitted with a recent 1200m trial win and has soft track credentials. DETONATOR JACK (8) dominant winner of The Gong last November over this trip on a heavy (8) track. Loomed up strongly on resumption when a narrow third in the G2 Ajax over 1500m at Rosehill on March 16. Drawn to stalk the speed and looks great value. OBAMBURUMAI (2) tough Japanese entire undefeated first-up. Last appeared when a head winner in the Golden Eagle over 1500m at Rosehill on November 4. Reported to be working well and stays in the mix.

RACE 9 - Victorian Derby winner RIFF ROCKET (1) has returned even stronger this time in. Scored a dominant victory against the bulk of these over 2000m in the G1 Rosehill Guineas on March 23. Will take stopping if he can handle the going. TOM KITTEN (2) is fifth-up today, and fitness won' t be an issue after finishing a close-up sixth over 2000m in the G1 Rosehill Guineas. Has the numbers to take this out and has a heavy track win to his record. CEOLWULF (3) is a progressive Tavistock colt who's improved at each run this prep. Strong through the line when second over 2000m in the G1 Rosehill Guineas. Ready for this distance and the stable have a good opinion of him moving forward. WYMARK (7) must be respected having made it four in a row with his Tulloch Stakes win.

RACE 10 - MIRAVAL ROSE (6) promising Grunt filly from the Grahame Begg yard resuming. Went quickly through her grades last time in, culminating in a dominant 3 len victory of the LR Twilight Glow at Caulfield over 1400m on December 2. Fitted with three jump outs and Jordan Childs retains the ride. KRISTILLI (2) underrated filly who grows a leg in the rain-affected conditions. Kept fresh for this after finishing ninth in the G1 Surround over 1400m here on March 2. Drops back a peg and looks the value play. FACILE (9) two runs back have been only fair and expecting more today third-up. Drifted back from an inside gate and failed to get a clear crack at them when sixth over 1100m in the LR Fireball Stakes over 1100m at this track on March 9. Improver. Fresh winner COMMEMORATIVE (12) has upside so could take the next step.