Two-time Cox Plate champion Winx returns to the track this Saturday in the Warwick Stakes at Randwick and there will plenty of fanfare for the champ.
Winx is currently at unbackable odds of $1.08, but there’s plenty of ature early spring racing at Randwick which includes the return of Omei Sword, Invader and a host of other quality thoroughbreds.
Great betting fields are also on show at Caulfield where the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes takes centre stage.
Darren Weir has a good hand in the race with the people’s champ Black Heart Bart and five other runners all well-liked in the market.
The Godolphin charge is headed by Hartnell which will be happy to avoid Winx on this occasion, but their paths could meet at Moonee Valley later this season.
Free Tips and Form at Randwick
Race 1. (12:00) 2GB Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m)
Alizee was a stylish winner last start at Warwick Farm and that form has been franked well and truly since.
The James Cummings-trained three-year-old won by under a length in front of Songlike, which has since won for Bjorn Baker at Canterbury.
The daughter of Sepoy will need to find something extra against a talent field like the one if faces here, but she might have figured out this racing caper and she could be a spring prospect later this season.
She drops in weight from 59kg to 55kg and Glyn Schofield retains the ride for Godolphin.
She opened at a shorter quote, but due to the support for Champagne Cuddles and Formality, punters are getting a good price for Alizee.
Race 3. (13:15) Harvey Norman Highway Handicap (1600m)
Trainer Matthew Dunn has a great record in the Highway Handicap series and Arrestar looks to have more exposed form than most in this grade.
He’s a three-year-old gelding which held off a late challenge at Doomben last start and his form before that included a close finish behind Snapchat Girl.
He raced out of his grade when taking on the likes of Hualalai and Gaulois in town, but this level of racing is ideal and he’s going to get all favours.
Arrestar has drawn the rails and gets into the field on the minimum weight. That makes him tough to beat and he will likely control this field from start to finish.
Race 5. (14:25) Up and Coming Stakes (1300m)
Gerald Ryan trains Trapeze Artist which we think is a good place chance this Saturday.
He was one of the two two-year-old’s last season and returns here with plenty of upside, but a big weight.
He would have been a win play, but he will have to carry 61kg which isn’t easy for an early season three-year-old.
The son of Snitzel was a two-length winner on debut before running into Invader at Randwick. There was plenty to take from that run as it was wide throughout and his form since included an easy win at Canberra.
He won the Black Opal by three lengths before running sixth in the Golden Slipper. He can clearly handle the off tracks as he suggested when running third in the Sires Produce and that should give punters plenty of confidence for this.
Race 8. (16:20) Sutton’s Show County Quality (1200m)
The hype is real surrounding Omei Sword, but there are some questions regarding its health.
The Chris Waller-trained mare is first up here after a bleeding attack in the Coolmore Stakes at Rosehill on March 11, and it’s not easy to come back from that.
The betting suggests that she has recovered better than ever and she will get every chance to win off the inside barrier with Kerrin McEvoy riding.
He rides at a light weight of 53.5kg which is going to help Omei Sword produce what every punter knows she can produce. She finished second in the Golden Rose behind Astern on a good track and that’s where her best racing will come.
Conditions should be ideal come Saturday and we think her price will continue to shorten. She could start odds on.
Free Tips and Form at Caulfield
Race 2. (12:55) Legacy Badge Appeal Handicap (1100m)
Modern Wonder does her best racing when fresh up with three runs for a win and a placing.
She’s an enigmatic-type mare which didn’t show anything towards the end of her previous campaign, but her placings in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes and Typhoon Tracey Stakes were full of merit.
A daughter of Snitzel, Modern Wonder has good experience at Caulfield which is needed around this track. She will have no weight to carry and she might have been missed by bookmakers on this occasion.
Some of the well-liked favourites might need time to warm up this spring, but Modern Wonder should hit the ground running.
Race 4. (14:05) Ramlegh Springs on Clyde Handicap (1600m)
It’s hard to believe Big Duke opened at double figure odds when markets were released earlier this week.
The Darren Weir-trained gelding had a stellar season which included a win in the Chairman’s Handicap at Randwick before running third in the Group 1 Sydney Cup behind a quality international runner.
The six-year-old has won and placed when fresh up, so that shouldn’t be a worry and he won his only start at Caulfield.
We understand that he’s carrying 59.5kg, but he’s actually well weighted against the other favoured runners and the value is definitely with the German import which could be seen at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.
Race 5. (14.40) Winslow Group Quezette Stakes (1100m)
The Blue Diamond winner returns and she will generate plenty of interest from racing fans and punters alike.
The Hayes/Dabernig-trained three-year-old was one of the best juveniles last season by winning the Blue Diamond and its lead-up races.
She was able to beat the likes of Pariah, Property, Limestone and Garrard – beating those horses is not easy and she did it with style.
The heavy track in the Golden Slipper wasn’t ideal and she shouldn’t have run in it. Punters will be hoping that run didn’t take the wind out of her sails, but she looks a great betting chance on Saturday.
Craig Williams will likely settle just in behind the speed and let her find her feet coming around the home turn.
Race 6. (15:20) KS Environmental Vain Stakes (1100m)
We’re sticking with last season’s best juveniles and Jukebox is another similar to Catchy.
The three-year-old colt for Ciaron Maher won easily on debut at Geelong before winning the Inglis 2YO at Caulfield.
The form out of that race hasn’t been strong, but he has been patiently handled since that win by avoiding the wet tracks in Sydney.
He should be ready to fire on Saturday and it gives Craig Williams another stellar ride on the Caulfield card.
We were a little surprised at the odds available for Jukebox, but we’re more than happy to take them when they’re available.