Today's Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz : 15th August 2020

Chris Scholtz previews the Caulfield and Randwick meetings on August 15 with selections, best bets, Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.


RACE 6: (3) Parlophone

RACE 8: (10) Savatiano (EW)

RACE 5: 3-6-5-2

RACE 6: 3-12-2-13

RACE 7: 6-2-9-8

RACE 8: 10-8-3-1

RACE 9: 12-4-8-6

SAVATIANO Picture: Steve Hart

RANDWICK August 15

RACE 2: (5) The Snooperstar (Value)

RACE 4: (9) Torun

RACE 6: (4) Fanciful Dream

RACE 7: (2) North Pacific

RACE 8: (9) Order Again (EW)

RACE 9: (7) Not Feint Hearted

NORTH PACIFIC Picture: Steve Hart

RACE 1: 3-7-6-2

RACE 2: 5-3-7-4

RACE 3: 7-5-1-6

RACE 4: 9-3-6-5

RACE 5: 6-2-3-4

RACE 6: 4-6-3-7

RACE 7: 2-3-8-7

RACE 8: 9-8-15-13

RACE 9: 7-9-2-5

NOT FEINT HEARTED Picture: Steve Hart


RACE 6 (4) FANCIFUL DREAM: Honest mare has measured up well in her last two starts in heavy conditions over this course and distance, finishing a game second to Spaceboy in this class before hitting line strongly to just miss behind De Grawin in a BM72 on July 4. She is down 3kg on her last start and is placed to get a deserving win as she maps to enjoy a favourable run in a race where several obvious leaders should ensure there is no shirking in front.

RACE 7 (2) NORTH PACIFIC: On a tricky program where we have to contend with another heavy track, a wet forecast and an extreme rail position it is not a day for taking short prices. However this impressive colt has the X factor about him, having shown huge potential in his only two career starts last season to place on debut in the G2 Silver Slipper before a classy first-up win in the heavy over 1100m at Rosehill last month. Showed he had trained on well with an impressive trial win at Rosehill on August 4.

RACE 9 (7) NOT FAINT HEARTED: Went to a new level over 1300m at this course two weeks ago when he trounced a BM72 field by 5.5 lengths, making it two wins from two starts on heavy tracks. It could be said he was flattered by the conditions but the form behind him was substantiated this week when the runner-up Badoosh came out to record an easy win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. He won so easily last time that he will surely be in the finish again if he holds that form.

MASKED CRUSADER Picture: Bradley Photos



RANDWICK SATURDAY: All Saints' Eve (R1); Masked Crusader (R3); Aftermath (R4); Athiri (R6); Beach Baby (R6); North Pacific (R7); Shared Ambition (R8); Rondinella (R8); Aliferous (R8)

ROSEHILL August 4: A big day out for the Waller stable with a host of his top guns warming up for their spring campaigns in the two heats for Group and Listed horses. In Heat 1 over 1000m it was hard to miss the easy work of SHARED AMBITION finishing third under no pressure. The other heats on the inside grass saw the classy Hawkes spring contenders NORTH PACIFIC and MASKED CRUSADER perform impressively. The latter really took the eye after covering a lot of extra ground.

RANDWICK July 31: An interesting runner was John's O'Shea's lightly raced mare ALL SAINTS' EVE. She showed considerable potential in the autumn and her two recent trials have been quite impressive. She was under a hold to work home strongly and my advice is to keep her under a close watch as she progresses into the spring. An effort to note also came from the ex-Kiwi mare RONDINELLA. She may have been last over the line but she was out the back from the start under a big hold and was only allowed more rein from Glen Boss over the last 100m, putting in strongly as she extended her work through the line. This was her second noted trial for John O'Shea and again confirms her place in our blackbook.

HAWKESBURY July 20: It was a hint of next season with some big name Godolphin runners comprising older Group stars and classy rising 3YOs taking the first steps in their build up to the spring. ATHIRI was a sharp winner of her 800m heat (47.57) while CASCADIAN was second in another open heat over 800m in much slower time (48.80)

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Rulership (R5); Savatiano (R8)

RANDWICK July 28: This was a day out for the Snowden team with the biggest Randwick stable sending out nine of the 17 heat winners and also providing numerous placegetters. Their good colt RULERSHIP recorded the fastest time among the 2YO winners over 1080m (63.07; 34.24.

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: O'Mudgee (R1); Princess Glamour (R1); Mr Mosaic (IR5)

ROSEHILL August 4: Gerald Ryan sent out an impressive winner with MR MOSAIC opening up for a super eight lengths win his 900m heat (55.35; 34.96).

WARWICK FARM August 7: The 11 maiden heats over varying distances produced some notable performances in testing conditions. O'MUDGEE was responsible for the fastest overall 1200m heat win (73.44; 35.98) but his closing sectional was slow. .

EAGLE FARM SATURDAY: Return With Honour (R6)

CESSNOCK MONDAY: Xiaoli's Ying (R3); Pizzly (R5)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Hard Faith; Rifles; Home Of The Brave; Skymist; Anders; Media Starguest; Bigger Than Thorn; Torun; Quatum; Dancing Gidget; Eduardo; Mugatoo; Castlecomer; The Face; Destination; On The Lead; Redoute's Image; Yardstick.

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Eligible Blackbook Runners  - August 15

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Single Bullet (R3); Taikomochi (R5); Bravado (R7)

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Embrace Me (R3); Plein Ciel (R4); She Shao Fly (R7); Mystic Journey (R8)   

MORPHETTVILLE SATURDAY: Behemoth (R7); Kemalpasa (R7)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Badoosh; Getyourgreyon; Emeralds; Chassis; Zourhea; Maddi Rocks; Creedence; Inanup; Krone; Sixties Groove; Frankely Awesome; Sure Knee; Viridine; Harbour Views; Tyzone; Vassilator.

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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.