Today's Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz : 4th July 2020

Chris Scholtz previews the Randwick meeting on July 4 with best bets and selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.


RACE 2: (16) Skara Brae (Value)

RACE 3: (5) Best Stone

RACE 5: (6) Longbottom (EW)

RACE 6: (11) Continuation (Value)

RACE 7: (12) Vitesse (Value)

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RACE 1: 2-1-9-7

RACE 2: 16-9-18-5

RACE 3: 5-10-2-4

RACE 4: 4-7-3-6

RACE 5: 6-5-2-3

RACE 6: 11-6-3-10

RACE 7: 12-1-3-11

RACE 8: 3-2-4-7

RACE 9: 10-3-1-12

RACE 3 (5) BEST STONE: This talented filly has been on the boil to resume since she recorded an impressive trial win at Canterbury on May 29, backed up by an easy hitout in a Randwick polytrack trial on June 12. She was scratched from a winnable race midweek, a sure sign her astute trainer John Thompson believes she can win this first-up. Best Stone has never finished outside the placings in seven starts including two wins and while the vaunted favourite Tailleur has abundant potential she appeals as a better gamble at the available odds in early markets.

RACE 6 (11) CONTINUATION: Looking for the well weighted improver in this average field of stayers and this stout 4YO by Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente ticks the right boxes. He boasts a win and three placings from five starts between 2100m and 2600m, adding to that record when he worked home strongly for a close third over 2140m in the heavy at Warwick Farm on June 17 when having only his third run since resuming. Ready to peak with a significant 5kg drop in weight off that effort.



RANDWICK SATURDAY: Faretti (R1); Bazooka (R1); Best Stone (R3); Tailleur (R3)

BEST STONE (Canterbury May 29): Spelled after back to back wins at Canterbury in February, she was a class above her rivals in her 900m heat (56.77; 35.52) and is set to build on her impressive record through the winter. 


NEWCASTLE TUESDAY: Kingshier (R1); War Memorial (R2); Joviality (R2); Yangarra Rose (R2); Espressino (R5); Blazing Sunrise (R6); Bocelli (R7)

 RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Riot Act; Dancing Gidget; Oscar Zulu; Syncline; Wander; Saigon; Shaik; Roheryhn; Kordia; Sahra; Varda; Paprena; Faraway Jewel; Royal Banquet; Poetic Charmer; Travest; Lewis; Ashra Jahre; Iconic Star; Lady Banff.

MATOWI. Picture: Steve Hart


Eligible Blackbook Runners – July 4

RANDWICK: Matowi (R4)

EAGLE FARM: Skate To Paris (R3); Fiesta (R8); Pennino (R9)

FLEMINGTON: Milwaukee (R5); La Tigeresa (R6); So You Swing (R6)

Blackbookers – Selected June 27

(Follow for next 3 starts)

EMBRACER: Ran hard first-up. Sure to be fitter.

ACADEMY: Excellent sectionals despite tough passage.

SIXTIES GROOVE: Ready for 2400m. Grafton Cup could suit.

LABURNUM: Getting fitter. Will benefit from weight relief.

CREEDENCE: Negative ride from wide gate. Can improve.

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Frankely Awesome; Sure Knee; Viridine; Harbour Views; Tyzone; Vassilator; Knight Mariner; Crimson Ace; Wapiti; Super Titus; Love You Lucy; Trekking; Soldier Of Love; Bottega; Realm Of Flowers; Tofane; In His Stride

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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 as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.