Today's Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz : 18th July 2020

Chris Scholtz previews the Kensington meeting at Randwick on July 18 with best bets and selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.


RACE 1 (5) Giovanna Run

RACE 5: (7) Toryjoy (EW)

RACE 7: (2) Black Magnum (EW)

RACE 8 (6) Almaheri (EW)

RACE 9: (11) Le Gai Soleil

TORYJOY Picture: Steve Hart

RACE 1: 6-5-8-4

RACE 2: 8-9-4-5

RACE 3: 3-2-11-6

RACE 4: 2-3-8-1

RACE 5: 7-5-6-9

RACE 6: 4-8-1-5

RACE 7: 2-11-4-5

RACE 8: 5-2-7-3

RACE 9: 11-10-5-13

Black Magnum
Black Magnum Picture: Racing and Sports

RACE 1 (6) GIOVANNA RUN: Promising youngster can make improvement off her strong first-up second over 1150m on this course on July 1 when she 'was beaten only a neck on a heavy track. She's a robust girl who can only improve in condition and relish stepping up to 1400m now that she has had experience on the Kensington track.

RACE 5 (7) TORYJOY: Stepped up sharply from 1350m to this trip third-up on the main Randwick track on July 4 and just went too hard in front for too long before she was collared late by High Opinion and Matowi. She's a specialist on the Kensington track and with a 3kg drop in weight and her added fitness she will be hard to run down if rated well by good front-running rider Kathy O'Hara.

RACE 7 (2) BLACK MAGNUM: The speed map devotees will be all over this tough sprinter in a 1000m dash that sets up perfectly for his racing style of sitting on the back of the speed. They should be low flying to the home turn with up to four designated leaders engaged, giving boom apprentice Tom Sherry a golden opportunity to bide his time and apply the pressure over the last 200m. Black Magnum flies when fresh, loves the wet and boasts winning form over the course and distance. An impressive recent trial seals the deal.

RACE 8 (5) ALMERHERI: Gets to this race third up and expecting this honest mare to find winning form as she has done in the past at the same stage of her prep. Improved off a luckless first up effort at Rosehill to hitting the line hard for a close third over 1250m in a BM 70 on this track under 59.5kg on July 1. No issue with her wet track ability and being a winner over this course and distance is another plus. Strong pace map suggests she can find the necessary improvement off her last outing.

RACE 8 (11) LE GAI SOLEIL: No surprise she firmed quickly to odds on when first markets were posted as she clearly rates as the horse to beat in her bid to make it four straight wins since resuming. She is again well placed to extend her sequence as she is down 2.5kg to compensate for the step up in grade from her dominant last start win by three lengths in a BM70 over this course and distance on July 1. Cannot see her going backwards off that performance.

Le Gai Soleil
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RANDWICK SATURDAY: Montefilia (R1); Emeralds (R3); Black Magnum (R7); Rosina Kojonup (R7); Buckin' Beauty (R7); Madam Legend (R8)

ROSINA KOJUNUP (Warwick Farm July 6): This 4YO mare by Shamus Award creates a lot of interest as she has not been seen at the races since late 2018 when she won back to back at Hawkesbury and Warwick Farm before finishing fifth in the Gosford Guineas. She came back to win two trials that we noted with interest late last year before having another 29 weeks off prior to this sharp trial win over 807m (47.50; 34.01), leading easily and held together under no pressure to beat the well performed Single Bullet. They have persevered with her as she obviously has the ability.

MADAM LEGEND (Randwick July 10): This smart Les Bridge-trained filly has been flying and showed she is holding her form with a strong open heat win over 1040m from a classy type in EMERALDS. Both fillies went to the line with plenty to offer.

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: War Weapon (R1); Accolade (R4); Amulet Street (R4); Off Shaw (R7)

SCONE SUNDAY: Virtuous Miss (R5); Crazy Train (R6)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Last Chance Dance; Nags To Riches, Escaped; Lewis; North Pacific; Two Big Fari; Bravado; In Lighten Me; Celandine; Smart Image; Kingsheir; Tailleur; Blaze A Trail; Riot Act; Dancing Gidget; Oscar Zulu; Syncline; Wander; Saigon.

Double You Tee
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Eligible Blackbook Runners

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Matowi (R5); Spencer (R6); Zourhea (R9)

IPSWICH SATURDAY: Maddi Rocks (R6); Pennino (R7); Skate To Paris (R9)

FLEMINGTON SATURDAY: Laburnum (R4); Double You Tee (R8); Creedence (R8)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Inanup; Krone; Sixties Groove; Frankely Awesome; Sure Knee; Viridine; Harbour Views; Tyzone; Vassilator; Knight Mariner; Crimson Ace; Wapiti; Super Titus; Love You Lucy; Trekking; Soldier Of Love; Bottega

Blackbookers – Selected July 11

(Follow for next 3 starts)

MY SWASHBUCKLER: Progressive staying import. Ready for a longer trip.

TAIKOMOCHI: Game first-up effort. Set for another good campaign.

SAHRA: Strong finish behind a smart one.

KORDIA: Not disgraced second up. Will get better.

STRATEGIC PHIL: Like to see him over 2000m.

CHASSIS: Strong late. Sure to appreciate further.

COUNTRY SHOWGIRL: Hard to beat in a suitable maiden.  

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.