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Randwick tips: Dragon ready to burn



The Form: Complete NSW Racing thoroughbred form, including video replays and all you need to know about every horse, jockey and trainer. Find a winner here!RANDWICKTrack: Soft 6. Rail: +3mR1: TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1500m)Bootscooter has been super impressive winning his last two. Drawn in close for Reece Jones who knows him well. Obviously the horse is in great form and should get every chance to win if he is up to it. Tags will greatly appreciate getting back on a firmer surface which only adds merit to his already honourable first-up run on the heavy at Hawkesbury. Fitter and goes well second-up. Steplee was at his barnstorming best in the Highway at Scone, Randwick will suit just as much.BETTING ADVICE: Bootscooter to winR2: SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1100m)Emilia Romagna, the Pierro filly out of Galaxy winner Griante, looked every bit the $550,000 yearling that she was bought for when she cleared out to win at Goulburn. Has an air of class and quality. Midnight In Tokyo went close to winning the Ken Russell first-up, having won his debut quite easily at the Sunshine Coast on January 2. Both runs were on heavy, not suggesting that is an issue but worth mentioning. Never Fails was something of an eye-catcher behind Forecaster at his first start. Can only improve and is racing at home this time.BETTING ADVICE: Emilia Romagna to win, Never Fails to placeR3: 50 YEAR AND LIFE MEMBERS HANDICAP (1200m)Fastconi just should not have a “0” alongside his name for the last run. He was dreadfully unlucky and while he wasn’t going to win, he might have got himself into the medals somewhere but for the checkered passage in the straight. Queen Bellissimo has a fabulous strike-rate. One reason is talent, the other is her pattern. Tamerlane, the grandson of Forensic, is deadly when he is fresh with two wins and a second from four fresh runs. Trialled well and will be coming on hard late in the piece.BETTING ADVICE: Fastconi each-wayR4: MIDWAY HANDICAP (1200m)Daralina Belle is back in Sydney after a fabulous run at Caulfield when a neck third (from tenth at the turn) to NSW pair, Selburose and Pandora Blue. Third-up and will relish the soft track. Same for Dalaalaat who has been plagued all preparation by bad barriers and bottomless tracks, sometimes both. Drawn four this time and gets a decent surface to let down on. Cruel Summer is not rough but he is flying. Unbeaten in both runs this prep, it gets harder to keep winning with the obligatory step up all the time but he may not be done with yet.BETTING ADVICE: Daralina Belle to winR5: DRINKWISE MILE (1600m)Nothingsweetaboutme landed some good bets when she won here first-up. She got a very, very good ride by Regan Bayliss, it was the difference between winning and losing to be honest. That, and the good old-fashioned Tulloch Lodge bone and muscle. Why can’t she win again? Niffler won so easily last week that it was like a barrier trial for her. Have to say ‘had all favours’ but she was dominant just the same. Pins filly Finepoint is a major player of course.BETTING ADVICE: Nothingsweetaboutme each-wayR6: CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN RACING HANDICAP (1000m)Siege had his run timed to perfection to win at Gosford, ambushing them bang on the line. This looks like it might be a race that will be run to suit him. Easy Single has a tough ask to win this from his wide draw but he lacks nothing on the page to suggest he won’t be in the finish. Hulk is a giant tease but once again, it looks as though the Chris Waller trained gelding has his hoof on the till. Race seems to set up well for a potential swooper like him.BETTING ADVICE: Hulk to winR7: FURPHY HANDICAP (1600m)I was all over Mr Dependable first-up but was out of business after 200m when he was planted out wide off a long break from racing. Barrier two for one of the best frontrunning riders in the business (Winona Costin). Night Of Power was brave under the big weight last Saturday. The Bjorn Baker-trained gelding is a Randwick winner and should be at the peak of his powers (no pun intended). Art Cadeau should be just about unbeaten here at Randwick. No knock but topweight/outside draw, Randwick mile will be a big ask.BETTING ADVICE: Mr Dependable each-wayR8: BOB CHARLEY AO STAKES (1100m)Surreal Step had no luck at all in the Luskin Star at Scone but no such issues for the horse two weeks later when he scored that brave but narrow win over Much Much Better. Whether barrier one turns out to be a blessing or a curse remains to be seen. You would safely assume that this is going to be a high-pressure, fast run race, and if they are able to finish off on the day, it really does set it up for the favourite Dragonstone to have the final say.BETTING ADVICE: Dragonstone to winR9: GRAINSHAKER VODKA HANDICAP (1300m)Frankie Pinot, the fifth emergency for the Stradbroke, has the superior benchmark rating (98) and the best form. True Detective was good first-up and better second-up. In fact, he was better than “better”, he actually looked like a horse that would win his next start and while he has more than occasionally let his supporters down, his numbers read well for another win. Fashchanel has a winning draw (one) this weekend and she was super impressive winning her trial.BETTING ADVICE: Frankie Pinot to winR10: CHANDON HANDICAP (1400m)All eyes on the market vis-a-vie this US-bred Cadre Du Nord from the Maher/Eustace stable. Form reads well, goes good fresh and ran a cracking fourth in his trial here late last week. He could charge late. Cross Talk was primed for the return to racing at Canterbury and got the job done in utterly convincing fashion. Not sure what he beat, certainly nothing akin to what he is racing this time and he’s drawn 15 as well. Blesk’s numbers are good and this is the perfect race for him, 1400m at home, good speed.BETTING ADVICE: Cadre Du Noir each-way.

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