RACE TALK – Randwick Preview January 27

26 January, 2024

Selections and best bets from Chris Scholtz for the Randwick meeting on January 27 plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

RANDWICK January 27

Best Bets

RACE 5: (6) CASTILLIAN – Former Victorian has been building nicely since joining the Pride stable and profile indicates he is ready for a peak performance at his fourth run back. Tough run when three wide last time over 1400m sets him up nicely for the step to a mile in an average field for this class.

RACE 7 (6) WAIHAHA FALLS: Showed his true ability over this course and distance with surging last to first to win in a BM100. His Group form and liking for this course made this an obvious target race and hold no qualms about him going five weeks between runs as he is best on the fresh side. Genuine pace will set this up for his strong finish.

RACE 8 (10) UNION ARMY: His first two runs after a spell suggested he was heading into his best prep and he duly delivered third up with a booming finish to score over 1200m at Rosehill in good time on January 13. He was dominant through the line and should not be bothered by a 2.5kg rise in weight if he holds that form.



RACE 1: (6) SWITZERLAND; (15) Blue Illusion; (2) Deputize; (1) Scampi

RACE 2: (13) MAGNATEAR; (17) Wolves; (6) Olympic Theatre; (8) Satness  

RACE 3: (13) SYRIAN STAR; (9) Swift Charm; (2) Acapella Sun; (10) Melody Again 

RACE 4: (3) BATTLETON; (1) Glory Daze; (4) Redstone Well; (3) Hellsing

RACE 5: (6) CASTILLIAN; (4) Amati; (2) Malabar; (6) Don Pedro

RACE 6: (6) LOUISVILLE; (9) Aristonous; (3) Manbehindthemoney; (11) Sky Out

RACE 7: (6) WAIHAHA FALLS; (1) Tamerlane; (8) Zou Tiger; (12) Felix Majestic

RACE 8: (10) UNION ARMY; (6) Plundering; (3) Legio Ten; (7) So Good So Cool

RACE 9: (2) HIGH BLUE SEA; (8) African Daisy; (5) Starman; (6) Amor Victorious 

RACE 10: (3) EITHER OAR; (7) Tashi; (1) Junquiera; (10) Euros


Why They Can Win….

RACE 1: (6) SWITZERLAND – Has looked the part in his trials. Should get every chance from good draw.

RACE 2: (13) MAGNATEAR – Comes off strong placing in good form race. Liked his late work last time.

RACE 3: (13) SYRIAN STAR – Gave away too much start first-up. Better placed this time.

RACE 4: (2) BATTLETON – Wide gate cost him in strong Magic Millions race. Hard fit for return to his right class.

RACE 6: (6) LOUISVILLE – Deserved 1800m win last time and drops nicely in weight. Has always needed 2000m. 

RACE 9: (2) HIGH BLUE SEA – Terrific turn of foot under big weight first-up. Rates to win again with expected improvement.

RACE 10: (3) EITHER OAR – Honest mare with strong course and distance form. Goes well for apprentice rider. 




RANDWICK SATURDAY: Deputize (R1); And Found (R1); Russian Roulette (R1); Switzerland (R1); Blue Illusion (R1); Tamerlane (R7); Ucalledit (R7); Maximal (R7); Amor Victorious (R9); Super Chilled (R9); Tashi (R10)

NEWCASTLE SATURDAY: Winning Proposal (R1); Ironton (R6)

WYONG SUNDAY: Koby Girl (R4); Kervette (R4)


RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: High Octane; Memoria; Caballus; Winston Hills; Lovero; Norton Road; Rockbarton Fashion; Sky Artist; King Of Sparta; Too Darn Lizzie; Junqueira; Tycoon Deshauna; Magnucat; Shezanalister; Kitty Chat; Dize; Tamerlane; Lady Soames; King Of Roseau; Secret Revolution; Take Me To Church; Deep Romance; Straight Charge


ROSEHILL January 11: Loved the first soft trial by SWITZERLAND at Warwick Farm on January 2 and another easy piece of work by this unraced Snitzel youngster to finish third in the quickest 900m heat won by DEPUTIZE (53.46; (33.93) confirms that he is a talented prospect. Eager to see what he can do under race conditions.

CANTERBURY January 9: Classy Group star MAXIMAL made a pleasing return from a long layoff winning his 1100m heat (67.96; 35.67) in good style in his first trial since he last raced 14 months ago. Other noted open heat winners in the 902m trials included TASHI (55.28; 34.41).

WARWICK FARM January 2: There were five 2YO heats over 812m with RUSSIAN ROULETTE, a Russian Revolution youngster from the Waterhouse/Bott stable having his first trial, running the fastest time (47.49; 34.06). The effort of SWITZERLAND, a colt from the Waller yard, stamped himself as one to follow with an impressive second in his 812m heat (47.67; 33.92).




RANDWICK SATURDAY: Glory Daze (R4); Battleton (R4); Aristonous (R6); Plundering (R8); So Good So Cool (R8); Crafty Eagle (R9)

MOONEE VALLEY SATURDAY: Ceerseven (R2); Pereille (R10); Jenny Jerome (R10)

SUNSHINE COAST SATURDAY: Pentito (R4/R8); Zhuang Shi (R10)



RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Cradle Of Life; Our Kobison; Caballus; Bermadez; Nana’s Wish; Union Army; Va Via; Miracle Spin; Contemporary; Zennzella; Gelatin; Munhamek; Acotango; Acquitted; Bowery Breeze; Stroke Of Luck; Ka Bling; Rose Quartz; Let’srollthedice; Schwarz; I’ve Bean Tryin’; Storm The Ramparts


BLACKBOOKERS – Selected January 20

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