Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz - 1st February 2020

Chris Scholtz previews the Expressway Stakes meeting at Randwick on February 1 with selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.

RANDWICK February 1

RACE 2: (5) Prague

RACE 4: (5) Romani Girl

RACE 5: (8) Subpoenaed

RACE 7: (5) Alizee

RACE 8: (2) Manhattan Mist (EW)

RACE 9: (12) Reloaded (Value)

Alizee winning the 2019 Expressway Stakes
Alizee winning the 2019 Expressway Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports

RACE 1: 1-4-5-2

RACE 2: 5-1-4-2

RACE 3: 1-12-9-2

RACE 4: 5-8-7-6

RACE 5: 8-7-4-2

RACE 6: 12-4-8-9

RACE 7: 5-1-7-9

RACE 8: 2-1-5-3

RACE 9: 13-9-12-7

CAULFIELD February 1

RACE 3: (3) Mr Cancun

RACE 6: (3) Just Benjamin

RACE 7: (2) Dalasan

RACE 9: (6) Fabric

Dalasan
Dalasan  Picture: Racing and Sports

RACE 4 (5) ROMANI GIRL: Talented mare is well placed in this grade after recent efforts including her excellent last start third at the Gold Coast where she was arguably stiff not have beaten Invincibella and Irithea in the Magic Millions mares race. She also had excuses at her previous start at this course when third in better grade. The niggle is a pedestrian pace as she is a backmarker but she has a jockey who knows her well and she won third up at this course last year.

RACE 5 (8) SUBPOENAED: Former New Zealander is ready to fly first-up after two impressive trials.  She's a class above this lot on her best form that includes a win over the exciting Kiwi sprinter Catalyst – he's unbeaten since that clash - before she came to Sydney where she progressed from an impressive restricted win to taking on Group company in the spring where she had excuses. Should progress to something better.

RACE 7 (6) ALIZEE: Perfect conditions for this top class mare to go back to back in the Expressway Stakes and add another win to her superb first-up record. She's won her last four resuming starts including two over this course and distance and according to the Godolphin camp her lead-up trials have her bursting to produce another peak performance. I have huge respect for Kolding but when she's fresh few can match her turn of foot.

Romani Girl
Romani Girl Picture: Steve Hart

TRIAL WATCH REPORT –

NOTED TRIAL RUNNERS – January 29-31

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Global Quest (R2); Gravina (R2); Subpoenaed (R5); Kolding (R7); White Moss (R7); Standout 9R7); Sir Bacchus (R9); Roheryn (R9); Reloaded (R9).

KOLDING (Randwick January 23): Outstanding miler has now had two trials and was trucking behind the pack at the finish in the first of the fastest 900m heats for the Group horses (54.29; 35.50) won by Dreamforce. Expect him to sprint strongly first-up off this work.

RANDWICK January 23: SUBPOENAED took the eye with an impressive third in a fast heat while Godolphin youngster GRAVINA was an eye catcher motoring home late in her 2YO heat won by On The Lead.

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Miss Fox; Bring Glory; Quiet Riot; Turnstyle; Front Money; Pandemic; Mugatoo; Rulership; Superbellaa; Texas Forever; Embracer; Cellsabeel; Phemonoe; Prague; Paavo; Belluci Babe; Gironde; Café Royal; Acumen; Able Hill; Tailleur; Heart Of The Oak; Travest.

BLACKBOOK REPORT

ELIGIBLE BLACKBOOK RUNNERS – January 31

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Just Benjamin (R6); Superhard (R8); Never Again (R9)

EAGLE FARM SATURDAY: Impasse (R6); Naval Strike (R9); Ingear (R9)

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Costello (R6); Laburnum (R9); River Bird (R9)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Raqeeq; Lord Von Costa; High Bridge; Cellsabeel; Boomtown Rat; Primitivo; Invincibella; Chat; Probabeel; Leviathan; Luvaluva; Sir Pippin; Taniko; Danon Roman; Matowi; Tahitian Dancer; Mr Reckless; Red Stina.

River Bird
River Bird Picture: (Mark Evans/Getty Images

Blackbook Horses to follow – Selected January 25

(Selected horses be followed at next three starts)

GAULOIS: Close to best form. Genuine performer. 

TRUE DETECTIVE: No mystery now about his ability.

LAURE ME IN: Going well. Will appreciate weight relief.

TYZONE: Ready to produce his winter carnival form.

DOGMATIC: Building nicely into a staying campaign

UNSTOPPABELLE: Impressive behind stablemate. Will make a good filly.


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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 racingandsports.com.au as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.