WEEKEND RACING with CHRIS SCHOLTZ – January 5 & 6

05 January, 2024

Chris previews the Sydney meetings at Canterbury and Randwick on January 5 and 6 plus his best bets and quaddie selections for the first day of the Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast.

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CANTERBURY January 5

Best Bets

RACE 3: (10) YVETTE

RACE 6: (8) MARE OF MT BULLER

 

Selections

RACE 1:  (10) VOILE; (3) Miss Piera; (6) Good Sort; (7) Mrs Maree

RACE 2: (5) SETOMBE; (7) Tycoon Deshauna; (6) Speed Personified; (3) Fickle

RACE 3: (10) YVETTE; (1) Magic Leprechaun; (11) Das Kapital; (6) Ausbred Mimosa

RACE 4: (2) MOLLY NAILS; (1) Edna; (3) Look Only; (6) Wolves

RACE 5: (5) MONARCHS BRAE; (1) Roma Avenue; (2) Edmond; (3) McGeehan

RACE 6: (8) MARE OF MT BULLER; (6) Bangetta; (4) Cirebon; (3) Crystal Waters

RACE 7: (3) TARAASHOQ; (8) Sophia’s Magic; (4) The Big Short; (6) Black Duke

RACE 8: (12) DAKOTA VROOM; (1) Oxford Vision; (3) Amnesty; (2) Chief Conductor

GOLD COAST January 6
RANDWICK January 6

Best Bets

RACE 8 (13) LEGIO TEN: Emerging as a real talent for the Godolphin team with plenty of scope to improve on his impressive last to first win when resuming over 1100m at Rosehill five weeks ago. A soft trial since has him primed to take on this higher grade with a handy drop in weight. Speed map sets it up for his big finish.

 

RACE 9 (11) MONFELICITY: Genuine mare has come up in strong form this prep and rates well to go on from her last start win at this course over 1500m at this course when second up under 57kg. She’s a winner up to 2100m and with two Randwick wins to her credit she should relish getting out to 2000m under these conditions.

 

RACE 10 (7) SHAKEN: Impressive daughter of the G1 winner Earthquake made an excellent return to competition with a dominant win over 1100m in this class on a heavy track at Warwick Farm, spearing away to win by four lengths for her second win in only four starts. It was her first start since she suffered a bleed when placed at this course in July and there’s no reason she won’t hold her form as she stays in the same grade with less weight.

 

Selections

RACE 1: (7) MAGIC PHAROAH; (1) I Am Good At This; (4) Final Comment; (2) Mazita

RACE 2: (6) TINTOOKIE; (5) Exploring; (8) Our Kobison; (1) Tristate

RACE 3: (4) PRINCE INVINCIBLE; (6) London; (8) Hellova Nature; (11) Everyone’s A Star

RACE 4: (1) TERRA MATER; (5) Rocketeer Girl; (3) African Daisy; (8) Euros

RACE 5: (5) RUNNING BY; (7) Tympanist; (9) Cadetship; (3) Money From The Sky

RACE 6: (5) MATUSALEM; (2) Buillt; (3) Eau De Vie; (11) Caring Lass

RACE 7: (8) EXCELLADUS; (4) Hellsing; (9) Cool Jakey; (2) Felix Majestic

RACE 8: (13) LEGIO TEN; (5) Dalaalaat; (11) Ang Pow; (6) Dehorned Unicorn

RACE 9: (11) MONFELICITY; (9) Enotis; (8) Kapakiri; (1) Rogue Bear

RACE 10: (7) SHAKEN; (13) Spring Lee; (3) Boston Rocks; (12) Miss Emma

 

Why They Can Win….

RACE 1 – (7) MAGIC PHAROAH: Strong win this class last time over this course and distance. No reason she can’t repeat with only half a kilo more.

RACE 2 – (6) TINTOOKIE: Well placed to add to a good fresh record. Can take advantage of her favourable draw.

RACE 3 – (4) PRINCE INVINCIBLE: Ready to peak after good placings since resuming. Rates best in an even race.

RACE 4 – (1) TERRA MATER: Promising mare on a march through the grades. Can reel off big closing sectionals.

RACE 5 – (5) RUNNING BY: Found the line for strong second up win at Caulfield. Holds plenty of scope for improvement.

RACE 6 – (5) MATUSALEM: Run short over this course and distance last time. Sure to be fitter.

RACE 7: (8) EXCELLADUS: Quick back up and big weight drop for his third run since resuming. Set to run to his best.

TRIAL WATCH REPORT

NOTED TRIAL RUNNERS – January 5-7

 

CANTERBURY FRIDAYGood Sort (R1); Bronco Revolution (R1); Mrs Maree (R1); Voile (R1); Fickle (R2); Setombe (R2); Speed Personified (R2/R3); Tycoon Deshauna (R2); Magic Leprechaun (R3); Das Kapital (R3)

RANDWICK SATURDAYExploring (R2); Our Kobison (R2); Against The Law (R3); Hellsing (R7); Legio Ten (R8); Ang Pow (R8); O’Tycoon (R10)

GOLD COAST SATURDAYBonita Queen (R4); Starmae (R4); Junqueira (R8)

GEELONG SATURDAYTrunk (R2); Exploring (R5)

WYONG SATURDAY: Ballet D’Esprit (R3); Russian Snitzel (R3)

 

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Magnucat; Shezanalister; Kitty Chat; Dize; Tamerlane; Lady Soames; King Of Roseau; Secret Revolution; Take Me To Church; Deep Romance; Straight Charge; Utopian Wine; Gelatin; Shaken; Time To Boogie; Boston Rocks; Anode; Chartwell; Katsumoto; Highness; Royal Merchant; House Of Cards; Spring Lee; Lady Extreme; Overpass; Legio Ten.

TRIAL POINTERS

ROSEHILL December 29: JUNQUEIRA has been down on his early form in three starts since October but his impressive work to win the fastest of three 1030m heats (61.81; 34.72) indicates he is ready to turn that around. Given a positive ride by Tommy Berry to work to the front after 200m and from there travelled strongly, extending his lead easily over the last 150m to more than three lengths with his best work through the line. It was a good morning for the Bjorn Baker team including a strong trial by O’TYCOON. MAGIC LEPRECHAUN and SPEED PERSONIFIED are runners to keep an eye on from the maiden heats.

 

WARWICK FARM December 22: I Am Invincible filly BONITA QUEEN was placed in her first two provincial starts in August and September and should soon be a winner on her trial form. She has won three of her four trials and looks well prepared to resume after running strongly through the line for a soft win in her fast 810m trial (47.54; 33.53). Impressive trial debut by unraced Harry’s Angel filly SETOMBE. Allowed to find her legs early in her 810m heat (48.56; 34.56), she settled in the back half before starting a run from the 500m that took her widest on straightening. She showed obvious talent to easily pick up the leaders and cruise through the line under a good hold from Zac Lloyd. HELLSING is a lightly raced black type winner who has had only one start in 16 months but is an obvious talent on his Irish 2YO form in 2022 where he won twice and was G2 placed. He was also second in the Goffs Millions and is sure to take plenty of benefit from his first trial for the Neasham stable, working strongly to the line for a soft win in his 1200m heat (74.40; 36.42). Will watch his progress with interest. I previously rated unraced Russian Revolution filly RUSSIAN SNITZEL as an above average maiden with this impressive heat win over 810m in sharp time for the conditions (47.70; 33.91) adding to her reputation. She has won three of her four trials since April and is sure to be placed to advantage on debut by a smart stable.

 

ROSEHILL December 18 The maiden performer SPEED PERSONIFIED ran to his name by speeding away with his heat over 900m (54.20; 34.57), running sharp time.

 

WYONG December 15: OUR KOBISON is a well performed prospect ready to build on his good record. MRS MAREE was the pick of the 2YO heat winners while it’s only a matter of time before the Waterhouse/Bott runner TYCOON DESHAUNA wins her maiden.

 

RANDWICK November 28: Another impressive trial win by unraced Written Tycoon filly TYCOON DESHAUNA. She won her first two trials in April and May and kept the record intact with an unextended win her 742m heat (44.60; 33.83). Slow time but that doesn’t detract from her potential.

 

WARWICK FARM October 23: The Russian Revolution filly BRONCO REVOLUTION won her heat in slower time (48.97; 34.30) but made a better impression leading on the bit and extending easily to run home in faster sectionals.

 

BLACKBOOK REPORT

ELIGIBLE BLACKBOOK RUNNERS – January 5-6

 

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Battleton (R7); So Good So Cool (R8)

GOLD COAST SATURDAY: Clyde (R1)

GEELONG SATURDAY: Cradle Of Life (R1); Mister Yu Shu (R7); Bermadez (R8); Va Via (R9)

MORUYA MONDAY: Kokoro (R7)

 

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: 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; Without A Fight; Crackerjack Prince; Pesto; Sharp Shock; Attrition; Territory Express; Magic Time

 

BLACKBOOKERS – Selected December 30

(Follow for next 3 starts)

 

HOUSE OF CARDS; NAVAL SEAL; NAVAS TWO; POWERFUL PEG; RIYAZAN; WILLINGA BEAST

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