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Randwick Blackbookers & Review on August 21

By Phil Lowe
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  • Randwick blackbookers & review from August 21
  • We've taken a look back at all 10 races from Winx Stakes Day
  • Replays & review from Saturday is included below
Randwick Highlights - August 21
Tommy Berry (blue and black checks) on Mo'unga wins the 2021 Winx Stakes from James McDonald on Verry Elleegant. (Getty)
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TEN BELLS benefited from a rails hugging ride under Jason Collett, albeit she did look the runner with the least convictions heading into Saturday's Highway and this made it three wins from just four starts. 

Lightly raced and with a turn-of-foot, she'll still be Class 3 eligible, so can contest the September 4 Highway over 1200m, which does seem the logical progression.

Battleground was a well beaten favourite and simply never gave himself any chance early after racing fiercely, then never let down with 62kg. He was only second-up off a long spell, so prepared to forgive while Baby Wong was disappointing after landing in a gun trailing position. This colt is struggling to finish off his races and is getting costly.

Very Sharp was the run of the race outside of the winner, coming from the rear as the pick closers and may have made it interesting from a better gate.

TORRENS won his first four starts and bolted in at Saturday level last December in Brisbane, so is handy on his day, but had been beaten more than 48 lengths in four starts leading into this, so despite a long-range betting move, there was a certain randomness to this dominant win.

While Accountability did have excuses with a wide run, the prior winter form from the Waller import suggests he hasn't come up this preparation anyway.

The favourite Red Santa was under pressure a long way out and despite a string of competitive showings leading in, was safely held. He was slow to recover and pulled up lame, so is the one I'd be most forgiving of in this field, but he may due for a spell anyway.

Certainly not in a hurry to Blackbook anything from this race.
Race 3 - 12:30PM MIDWAY HANDICAP Tips (1600 METRES)

Credit to TAMPERING who sat on a strong tempo and continued to kick, holding off his rivals second-up following a fresh win over Always Sure who won Race 4, a BM78, so the form around him is stacking up. This gelding does hold winning form with his three victories prior to this campaign all coming in a hat-trick last year.

Canyonero comfortably recorded the fastest closing splits and his last 600m was nearly a length faster than the next best, while he belted an in-form Yiyi the start prior. Not the easiest horse to catch, but is clearing flying at present.

Majella had the favours second-up, although the racing gods were against her on Saturday with the mare held-up for the majority of the run home. She did win fourth-up in December and arguably should've prevailed here.

Confident Enduring Night is going well and the 12/13 finish wasn't as bad as it looked, as she was about to hit top gear before running up backsides. With a rating of only 58, she can be placed a lot better.
Race 4 - 1:10PM SAJC TROPHY (1600 METRES)

ALWAYS SURE was double figure odds, but travelled like the winner a long way and after negotiating a tight gap under Tim Clark, he sprinted clear from the short favourite Loveplanet who had every chance yet again after briefly kicking clear.

The winner clearly relished a good tempo and the step up to a mile, while with a rating of only 70 still, he can be placed to similar effect next start.

I felt Re Edit was just a little disappointing first-up in a similar affair and despite being outsprinted here late, has managed to pick up again on the line.  Felt they might've gone again third-up, but the mare has now being retired.

Pesto showed promise in his first Australian prep and was entitled to do more here from a soft run in transit, next start might tell us more while Wairere Falls backed up a deserving win with another strong closing effort (fastest last 200m of the race). He's been up a while, but would've gone close here from a better gate and is relishing the firmer tracks.

Everything played out perfectly for MORE PROPHETS on Saturday where she was afforded the right run for her- momentum and wider with a back to follow after Misteed was forced to cover ground, with the classy five-year-old having this race won a long way out under J-Mac who gave here the perfect ride.

A runner that will be aimed towards a black-type event, she has won twice at 1400m giving them a few options, however, I think she's equally effective at sprint trips and the Group Two Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill (1200m) on September 11 would suit third-up.

With the exception of Fastconi (held-up for the entire run home), most of these looked to have their chance with Cuban Royale easily the best run in the race outside the winner.

Eased back from a wide draw and briefly held-up before letting down strongly, wide draws have proved costly for the gelding following an impressive second-up win when the blinkers were applied.

Messy race where you could make genuine cases that Jamaea (held-up from the 300m to the 100m) and probably more so Mallory (slow out, but tacked on, then never got a look at them in the straight) should've fought out the finish.

Four Moves Ahead started to race keenly when the brakes went on up front, but still looked the winner at the 100m before peaking on her effort late. Strongly suspect that Sargent is aiming her towards a Flight Stakes/Thousand Guineas, so this was certainly a pass mark despite going down as favourite.

Two talented fillies that do need a stronger tempo are Latino Blend, who admittedly did get clear compared to some others, but didn't have it run to suit, while Trifaccia is still a work in progress, a Godolphin filly that will pinch a big race if the planets align.

In very sad news, Xtremetime had to euthanized after sustaining a fracture with the filly falling at around the 100m mark.

All credit to PRIVATE EYE, with class coming to the fore late with this gelding who despite not being completely suited at 1200m, is a galloper that's simply a winner and on resumption here has recorded his seventh victory from just 10 starts.

A four-year-old that's still on an upwards spiral, Private Eye looks about the perfect Epsom Handicap horse to my eye (October 2), a feature he may well contest deeper into the spring before a potential Golden Eagle (October 30 berth).

Prime Star isn't anywhere near as good as they think, although was the run from the rear here outside the winner who he didn't have the turn-of-foot to go with, but this might be one best aimed towards the second/third-string spring events (hard horse to place otherwise).

Rock found the 1200m much too sharp, but in what was effectively a barrier trial over an unsuitable short trip, he's worked home okay while the return of Icebath was a strong one, especially for a mare that improves deeper into a prep and is obviously much more effective on a wet track.
Race 8 - 3:45PM WINX STAKES (1400 METRES)

Messy feature to decipher and there's plenty of angles you could take with many unsuited runner's and for mine Imaging was the most luckless (held-up from the 400m-200m where he looked to be bolting), but with staying trips in mind, She's Ideel was the run of the race, a mare that produced good closing splits and the fastest last 600m.

Keiai Nautique was enormous in this Australian debut, getting home well to just miss a placing. A full brother to triple Group One winner Fierce Impact, the entire looks likely to make his presence in the 1600m range as his older sibling did.

Given both will improve as much as anything from the race, a simple way to view the Winx Stakes is that the best two horses in it filled the quinella with MO'UNGA getting the perfect tow into it off the back of a brave Verry Elleegant, with the champion super brave off a wide run. Both clearly excel much more in the 1600m to 2000m range.

Definite pass mark for first-up for Hungry Heart, who just found the seven furlongs a little sharp at this level, but she balanced up fairly late, while the sad news from this Group One was Brandenburg having to be euthanised after blundering at the 100m, with sesamoid fractures and a catastrophic suspensory failure revealed.

Both the first two home were wide in the run, albeit runner-up Great News was more exposed early off that good tempo with FITUESE coming off her back late. They were suited getting out to the middle and wider lanes late on the Randwick card, although both were first-up and did their fair share of work. Two big runs.

Nothing went the way of Written Beauty who played up in the barriers and was the was slow out as a result, with the mare much further back than anticipated before finishing off strongly. Her manners are becoming costly at this level.

Forbidden Love had the best closing sectionals outside the winner, a mare that was a 1400m Group One winner over the autumn, so understandably was outsprinted at 1100m, but hit the line as well as anything in a great return.

Zaniah always needs that bit of luck with her racing pattern, albeit she was hard to fault and was a Listed winner third-up in April, while off a first-up shocker, Best Stone improved, but was ultimately a little outclassed. She's a winning chance of they drop to Benchmark level third-up.

This wasn't a vintage Benchmark 88 to end the program with ATISHU the most progressive runner and the winner, an ex-New Zealand runner that was first-up for Chris Waller after winning four in a row, including a victory at 2000m in April before crossing the ditch.

There was clear intent in this stable debut, with Kerrin McEvoy pushing on early to get the perfect midfield trail and given she did come off the bit quite early before working through her gears from the 250m, it's clear that 1400m is as short as she wants. 

A nice starting point, but not sure on it as a form reference for the spring with in-form off-season gallopers Matowatakpe and Cisco Bay filling the placings from Bigboyroy who shouldn't be starting favourite next start, a one-paced gelding that clearly needs a mile now, but is limited.

A bad gate cost New Arrangement a chance, but the six-year-old continues to race consistently, recording the fastest last 600m of this and has been a little underrated by the market all campaign. From a better draw, he could be a chance at a decent price next start.

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