RANDWICK PREVIEW with Chris Scholtz – June 8

07 June, 2024

TRACK: Heavy 9 (8am Friday); RAIL: True

Selections and best bets from Chris Scholtz for the Randwick meeting on June 8 plus Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.

Best Bets

RACE 5: (8) BOOTSCOOTER – Value is the name of a game on a huge program with capacity fields on a heavy track. This genuine mare is well placed to improve sharply in this easier class after her eye catching first-up effort in the G3 Dark Jewel (1400m) at the Scone carnival. Boasts an impressive record on affected tracks and will be fitter for the step up to a more suitable distance.


RACE 10: (5) GREBENI – Good trial since a forgive effort when second up at Newcastle. Unbeaten in two starts over this course and distance and has the weights in his favour meeting Waterford 3kg better from their recent clash at Rosehill when he was first-up and produced excellent closing splits. Fitter now and is the one who makes the most appeal at his early price.


RACE 11: (10) STARMAN – He’s been tabbed as a non-winner but if he’s ever going to end his run of minor placings this is it. He’s been second or third in six of his last seven starts in this class with nothing less than 58kg but this time he will benefit from an allowance that sees him down 2kg from his last start second over this course and distance. Has hard race fitness behind him and must be favoured by the conditions bewing in the money in six of his seven starts on soft and heavy tracks.


RACE 1: (9) SHAMADAN; (6) Sacred Fort; (4) Stardeel; (12) Vinniro

RACE 2: (11) DECADENT TALE; (7) Tympanist; (9) Gelatin; (13) Watch My Girl

RACE 3: (9) SOUL LADY; (11) Tai Lung; (17) Somerton Sniper; (1) Ramones

RACE 4: (6) MISTERKIPCHOGE; (8) Mannerheim; (14) Bestower; (16) Piggyback         

RACE 5: (8) BOOTSCOOTER; (1) Missy Moola; (5) Nana’s Wish; (15) It’s A Wonder

RACE 6: (11) FLEETWOOD; (13) The Black Cloud; (18) Acapella Sun; (21) Jambalaya

RACE 7: (8) ASTERO; (12) Estadio Mestalla; (16) Kayobi; (15) Cavalier Charles

RACE 8: (6) SIR LUCAN; (12) Williamsburg; (1) Sky Lab; (10) Eliyass

RACE 9: (11) SEMILLION; (12) Quick Tempo; (16) Iowna Merc; (7) With Your Blessing

RACE 10: (5) GREBENI; (15) Ruby Flyer; Waterford; (16) Highlights

RACE 11: (10) STARMAN; (14) Step Aside; (11) Xidaki; (2) War Eternal

Why They Can Win….

RACE 1: (9) SHAMADAN – Straight to the city off impressive heavy track debut win. Looks capable.

RACE 2: (11) DECADENT TALE – Good wet tracker. Open to improvement off strong effort at the Scone carnival.

RACE 3: (9) SOUL LADY – Big win first-up on her home track. Well placed with claim to add to her impressive record.

RACE 4: (6) MISTERKIPCHOGE – Brisbane efforts are good enough for this. Conditions will suit on this big track.

RACE 5: (8) BOOTSCOOTER – Nice first-up effort in strong Group company. Capable of big improvement in this class.

RACE 6: (11) FLEETWOOD – Strong midweek winner holds plenty of scope for improvement. Sure to stalk fast pace.   

RACE 7: (8) ASTERO – Genuine performer at his best on affected tracks. Ready to run to his best off a solid trial win.

RACE 8: (6) SIR LUCAN – Strong form through his last start second in the Gosford Cup. Hard to run down on home track.

RACE 9: (11) SEMILLION – Dictated for easy Listed win in the heavy at Newcastle. Unbeaten when he strikes those conditions.




RANDWICK SATURDAY: Stardeel (R1); Vinniro (R1); Waverider Buoy (R6); Alicia Roma (R6); Gitalong (R6); Jambalaya (R6); Astero (R7); Eliyass (R8); Bacchanalia (R9); Dashing Legend (R9); Grebeni (R10); Step Aside (R11)

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAYVinniro (R1); Rebel Rhapsody (R2) 


RANDWICK May 31: Nice placings in open heats from some well performed runners including ASTERO and the import ELIYASS, a Listed winner in France with bright prospects.

ROSEHILL May 24: Bjorn Baker won a 2YO heat over 900m with first time runner STARDEEL (54.78; 35.47). He showed surprising pace for a Dundeel colt having his first trial. The Hawkes-trained GITALONG finished second in his 3YO heat over 900m run in good time for the session (54.49; 35.31). Led and worked to the line under no pressure. BACCHANALIA won another trial for his new trainer Richard Litt, posting the fastest in the three heats over 1030m (62.48; 35.01). He ran along in the lead and came under a ride with the runner-up GREBENI the one that impressed with his strong work over the last 100m.

ROSEHILL May 17STEP ASIDE is set for a good campaign after strong work to win his 900m heat with plenty in reserve (56.83; 35.87). Travelled wide before closing on the lead and doing it easily under a good hold. The fastest 900m heat (54.45; 34.93) featured nice work from the experienced winner GITALONG.

RANDWICK May 16: A Snowden-trained heat winner to make an impression was the smart mare ALICIA ROMA. She has missed a place only three times in 13 starts and her easy win in her 737m heat (43.85; 33.61) indicates she is ready to rebound from a Victorian campaign late last year.

WARWICK FARM May 7:  The Snowden-trained VINNIRO, a gelding by I Am Invincible, showed he had improved since his two spring starts with a dominant win in the fastest of the three 2YO heats over 1045m (63.98; 35.71).

WARWICK FARM April 26: Nice conditioning trial from BACCHANALIA with a strong win in his 801m heat (47.48; 33.50) in his first trial for his new trainer Richard Litt. I’m not a fan of polytrack trials but it there was plenty to like about the way the heat winner JAMBALAYA went about his business.

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Broadsiding; Yukan Rose; Equipage; Commemorative; Kerguelen; How Dare You; Bat Out Of Hell; Setombe; Unleeshing; Navy Blood; Pink Baroque; Be Real; Glenbower; Clean Energy; Emirate; Zoe’s Promise; Contemporary; Rise Of The Masses; Parisal; Graceful Artist; Lizzie’s Gem; Spring Lee; Waterford; Highlights; Ikasara; Redbreast



SWAN HILL FRIDAY: Torranzino (R5); Stageman (R7); Colsridge (R7)

EAGLE FARM SATURDAY: Navas Two (R2); Yellow Brick (R5); Concello (R8)

RANDWICK SATURDAY: State Of America (R2); Piggyback (R4); Estadio Mestalla (R7); Iowna Merc (R9); Mnementh (R9); Waterford (R10); Grebeni (R10); Step Aside (R11); Captain Amelia (R11) 

FLEMINGTON SATURDAY: Mirzann (R4); Silent Surrente (R6); Our Last Cash (R9)

TAREE SUNDAY: Enterprise Private (R2)

SWAN HILL SUNDAY: Torranzino (R8)


BLACKBOOKERS – Selected June 1

(Follow for next 3 starts)

BALTRANA (Melbourne): Positive effort. Scope for improvement.

CELEBRITY PRINCE (Perth): Forgive run.

COEUR VOLANTE (Brisbane): Suitable carnival races ahead. 

EXTREMELY LUCKY (Melbourne): Time to step up in distance.

HERCOMESTHESTAR (Melbourne): Can land a late season fillies race.

KAPAKIRI (Sydney): Will take plenty of benefit from first-up placing.

POISON CHALICE (Brisbane): Typical Savabeel. Better for the run.

WYCLIF (Melbourne): Warming up for longer targets.

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Cigar Flick; I Wish I Win; Mayfair Spirit; Payline; Nicolini Vita; Generosity; Bittersweet; Tannhauser; Unusual Legacy; Shock Em Ova; Hezashocka; Let’sbefrankbaby; Hollywood Hero; Skybird; Seonee; Tojaki; Quothquan; Circle Of Fire; Miss Joelene; Terra Mater; He’s Our Bonneval; Riff Rocket


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