RANDWICK PREVIEW with Chris Scholtz – May 25

24 May, 2024

Selections and best bets from Chris Scholtz for the Randwick meeting on May 25 plus Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.


TRACK RATING: Soft 6 (8am Friday); RAIL: +8m 900m-W/Post; +5m Remainder

Best Bets

RACE 6 (4) AGITA: Developing 3YO has the potential to be good over the longer trips and this looks a suitable race for him after his recent placings over 1400m and 1800m. Last time he impressed with his late work when second against seasoned older rivals over 1800m at Hawkesbury and is well placed to improve off that effort returning to his own age group.


RACE 8 (14) RUBY FLYER: Going well since resuming and looks nicely placed to add to his good record over this distance. Did his best work late when a closing second over 1500m at Rosehill and is sure to appreciate the extra 100m with a 5.5kg drop in weight to counter rising from a BM78 to this higher class. Should get a nice run with some obvious leaders to set a strong pace.


RACE 9 (12) KUREDER: Made an impression as a good staying prospect when he won three in succession up to 2400m in Brisbane late last year. Good signs in his three starts since resuming with his strong last start third over 1800m at Hawkesbury under 59kg a sure sign he is going to find this trip on the bigger track to his liking. Getting down in the weights to 54kg gives him a nice advantage over his main rivals.


RACE 1: (1) PISCES; (7) Swift Falcon; (2) Rag Queen; (10) Tardelli

RACE 2: (1) NAVY BLOOD; (3) Dimaggio; (10) Sumo Star; (5) Resistable

RACE 3: (3) ORIENT’S SECRET; (2) Ramones; (1) Tanglewood; (9) Zanardee’s Lane

RACE 4: (9) FUNAMBULIST; (4) Quantum Cat; (7) Awesome Wonder; (6) Hiawatha 

RACE 5: (11) CAPTAIN AMELIA; (5) French Endeavour; (15) Demiana; (17) Princess Rayaa

RACE 6: (4) AGITA; (13) Piggyback; (14) It’s A Wonder; (10) Bestower

RACE 7: (15) WILD BOTANICA; (14) The Black Cloud; (10) Our Bellagio Miss; (11) Passeggiata

RACE 8: (14) RUBY FLYER; (8) St Lawrence; (10) Rise Of The Masses; (5) Iknowastar

RACE 9: (12) KUREDER; (6) Pesto; (7) Speycaster; (2) Political Debate

RACE 10: (16) NAILS MURPHY; (10) Starman; (17) Kokoro; (8) Silent Impact

Why They Can Win….

RACE 1: (1) PISCES – Showed his true ability with strong Newcastle win. Can go on with it.

RACE 2:  (1) NAVY BLOOD – Beat them easily when resuming. Pays a penalty but nothing harder about this.

RACE 3: (3) ORIENT’S SECRET – Clever stable has him set for this. Best late in his first-up placing at Ipswich.

RACE 4: (9) FUNAMBULIST: Has been working up to this distance. Should stay well against an average field.

RACE 5: (11) CAPTAIN AMELIA: Fitter for his second up placing under big weight. Well placed to improve.

RACE 7: (15) WILD BOTANICA: Fast pace is ideal for her first-up. Good trial and well drawn.

RACE 10: (16) NAILS MURPHY:  Import lacked match practice when resuming. Sure to come on from that with a handy drop in weight



GOULBURN FRIDAYBella Corazon (R6); I Am A Winner (R6)

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Rag Queen (R1); Tardelli (R1); Stray (R2); Missy) Moola (R5); Unanimous (R10)

DOOMBEN SATURDAYAvebury (R1); Power Ballard (R3); Doull (R6); Spywire (R5); Tutta La Vita (R7/R8); Rebel Rama (R7)

NEWCASTLE SATURDAYYukan Rose (R2); Flying Argyle (R3) I Am A Winner (R3);


ROSEHILL May 17: The new owners of the classy filly TUTTA LA VITA would be pleased with the way she worked home from the back for a strong fourth in a classy 900m heat.

RANDWICK May 16: There were some strong 2YO heats featuring some classy youngsters including the fast two-time winner SPYWIRE. He won the fastest of the six heats over 737m (43.33; 33.24) after tracking wide in the better ground. The margin was less than a length but he was doing it easily for a soft win. The John O’Shea-trained AVEBURY worked well to win the fastest open heat over 1045m (63.85; 34.89).

WARWICK FARM May 7: A full set held on the polytrack due to the wet weather. REBEL RAMA was an easy winner of the fastest of the two 1175m heats (70.48; 34.64).

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: 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; Jedibeel




RANDWICK: Rag Queen (R1); Concello (R6); Piggyback (R6); Miss You Ella (R8)

DOOMBEN: Embassy (R5); Chica Mojito (R7); Detonator Jack (R9); Amokura (R9); Strait Acer (R10); Yellow Brick (R10); Estadio Mestalla (R10)

SANDOWN: Nicolini Vita (R10) 



GUNNEDAH SUNDAY: Mayfair Spirit (R7)


BLACKBOOKERS – Selected May 18

(Follow for next 3 starts)

CIGAR FLICK (Sydney): Negative ride gave her little chance in strong Scone race.

COCO DREAMING (Country/Provincial): Expect improvement off unlucky Scone effort.

LEFT FIELD (Sydney): Sure to appreciate return to her right class.

MIRZANN (Melbourne): Typical staying import. Needs more ground.

OUR LAST CASH (Melbourne): Always a chance in suitable sprints.

TRIPLE MISSILE (Perth): Forgive run. Ready to win in the west.

WATERFORD (Sydney/Brisbane): No luck in Scone Cup. Holding his form.

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: 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; Elettrica; Strawberry Rock; Fearless; Commemorative; Illative; Etna Rosso

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