Today's Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz - The Championships Day 2

Chris Scholtz previews Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick with selections for all races plus plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

Picture: Steve Hart




RACE 2: (9) Sagacious (Value)

RACE 4: (7) Trifaccia (EW)

RACE 6: (2) Prague (EW)

RACE 7: (11) Rondinella (EW)

RACE 9: (1) Probabeel

RACE 10: (8) Tricky Gal (Value)

PROBABEEL Picture: Quentin Lang

RACE 1: 2-6-1-4

RACE 2: 9-8-2-5

RACE 3: 1-4-2-11

RACE 4: 7-2-4-5

RACE 5: 3-2-4-1

RACE 6: 2-8-6-9

RACE 7: 11-13-12-7

RACE 8: 7-3-1-2

RACE 9: 1-3-6-11

RACE 10: 8-11-7-3   

VERRY ELLEEGANT. Picture: Steve Hart

RACE 4 (7) TRIFACCIA: This promising filly has posted impressive placings in her first two starts where wide gates forced her to give up far too much start in leader dominated races. Underlined her potential when she jumped straight into Group company at her second start, coming from last for third in the G2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill where her closing sectionals (last 600m 32.86) were among the best of the day. An excellent second in a Randwick trial last week gave her the perfect prep for this target race where a fast pace is sure to suit her style.

RACE 9 (1) PROBABEEL: This top class mare showed she is ready to bounce back from her All Star Mile failure on a wet track at Moonee Valley with a strong win in a 1200m trial at this course last week. She's recorded two of her three G1 wins at Randwick including the Epsom Handicap last spring and the return to her own sex under WFA conditions give her a big advantage on a more favourable surface than last time.

RACE 10 (8) TRICKY GAL: Could not begrudge this fit and honest mare an overdue win after she added to her excellent record of minor placings in quality mares races when runner-up to Seasons in the G3 Birthday Card (1200m) at Rosehill on March 27. She's much better placed this time dropping 4kg off that effort and her previous Group placings against the likes of Savatiano, Krone and Tailleur underline how well off she is at the weights this time. Appeals as an excellent value play as she ticks all the right boxes.

RONDINELLA Picture: Race Images Photo


Noted Trial Runners April 17-20

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Private Eye (R2); Ellsberg (R2); Gemmahra (R3); Electric Girl (R3); Jamaea (R4); Centro Storico (R4); Trifaccia (R4); Aim (R5); Prague (R5); The Face (R5); Probabeel (R9)  


KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Good Omens (R1); Ranges (R6)

NOWRA TUESDAY: Monte De Fiore (R7)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: True Valentine; Luvoir; De An Andretti; Aslav; Statesville; Paulele; Nature Strip; Capital Reign; Shadow Colour; Enchanted Heart; Grande Rumore; Billiondollarbaby; Lillium; Signore Fox; Nimalee; Saif; Salina Dreaming.   


RANDWICK April 9: Classy prospect TRIFACCIA looks a huge talent in the making after impressive placings in her first two starts.  Her strong second under no pressure in her 1040m heat (64.84; 36.11) was a standout as she was ridden back under restraint before working well within herself to make up ground easily in the run home and doing her best work through the line. PROBABEEL bounced back from her All Star Mile failure with a strong win in the fastest of the two 1200m heats (75.01; 36.48). She was ridden out the back early before surging home for a stylish win in the better ground closer the outside fence.

KEMBLA GRANGE April 7: This set had some depth from a metropolitan perspective with sharp heat wins by the locally-trained JAMAEA and GEMMAHRA.

ROSEHILL March 29: A brilliant trial win by THE FACE in his 895m heat. The Rubick 3YO sped away with his heat by 7.3 lengths in a fast 53.64 with a quick last 600m in 34.11, speed that will test his rivals in a sprint for his own age. ELLSBERG recorded the fastest 1030m heat win (62.92; 35.71)

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Eligible Blackbook Runners – April 17-18

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Trifaccia (R4); Prague (R5); Amish Boy (R5); September Run (R5); Bargain (R6); Impecunious (R6); Chapada (R7); Realm Of Flowers (R7); Rondinella (R7); All Saints' Eve (R9); Air To Air (R10)

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Black Penn (R3); Lunakorn (R9); Shahzade (R9)

WAGGA SUNDAY: Sneak Preview (R7)

Blackbookers – Selected April 10

(Follow for next 3 starts)

BARGAIN: Strong filly on the rise.

BRIMHAM ROCKS: Good return by a tough stayer.

GEM OF SCOTLAND: Racing well without luck.

HIGH SUPREMACY: Forgive run. Open to more improvement. 

MASKED CRUSADER: Could be the best sprinter next season.

QUEEN OF WIZARDRY: Sure to be suited against own sex.

ZAAKI: Standout effort in the Doncaster.

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Anamoe; Mo'Unga; Translator; Dom To Shoot; Masked Crusader; Mount Popa; Gem Song; Chaillot; Subedar; Scorched Earth; Nimalee; Emanate; Bonaparte; Marsannay; Poetic Charmer.


Racing and Sports

Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.