Today's Randwick and Moonee Valley Preview with Chris Scholtz : 5th September 2020

Chris Scholtz previews the Chelmsford Stakes meeting at Randwick and Feehan Stakes meeting at Moonee Valley on September 5 with Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.



Nature Strip at Randwick
Nature Strip at Randwick Picture: Steve Hart

RANDWICK September 5

RACE 1 (10) Harto

RACE 3: (6) Archanna (EW)

RACE 8: (9) Reloaded (EW)

RACE 9: (12) Icebath

RACE 1: 10-4-6-1

RACE 2: 3-5-13-1

RACE 3: 6-8-9-5

RACE 4: 1-2-4-3

RACE 5: 8-13-7-6

RACE 6: 3-5-1-10

RACE 7: 8-3-10-1

RACE 8: 9-6-7-2

RACE 9: 12-4-10-6 


RACE 1 (10) HARTO: This lightly raced blueblood (Fastnet Rock x More Strawberries) has a real future with the Waller stable finding the right race to launch her into the spring. She was unlucky not to win her first start at Warwick Farm then underlined her potential with a soft maiden win at Gosford last October before a lengthy spell. She has taken the eye with three strong trials to prepare her for this first-up assignment with the race pace, soft draw and her light weight key factors in her favour. The early market support says the stable has her ready.

RACE 3: (6) ARCHANNA: This superbly bred Snitzel mare out of an imported Galileo mare has it all in front of her after showing plenty since she burst on the scene with a big Warwick Farm win in April. Started her new campaign with a fast closing second over 1250m under 58kg on the Kensington track on August 26 when she copped a negative ride from a wide gate. Can make big improvement off that effort as she is sure to be suited by the switch to the bigger main track with plenty of early speed in this field setting it up for the closers.

RACE 8 (9) RELOADED: Really impressed by the way this classy 4YO has come back with two excellent trials having him on the boil to put in a super effort first-up. The signs are strong that he has matured nicely since his excellent autumn prep when he was placed in the G1 Rosehill Guineas and G2 Hobartville Stakes split by a close fourth in  the G1 Randwick Guineas. Likes Randwick and resuming at 1400m with James Macdonald on board from an inside is the perfect fit for him.

Icebath Picture:


RACE 2: (6) Sovereign Award (EW)

RACE 3: (4) Galactic Fury (EW)

RACE 6: (7) Brooklyn Hustle

RACE 7: (4) Adensfield (EW)

RACE 9: (9) Rivet Delight (Value)

RACE 1: 3-8-10-6

RACE 2: 6-14-12-3

RACE 3: 4-3-8-7

RACE 4: 6-5-4-10

RACE 5: 3-6-9-8

RACE 6: 7-5-9-8

RACE 7: 4-3-8-9

RACE 8: 6-4-1-5

RACE 9: 9-3-4-12

Brooklyn Hustle
Brooklyn Hustle Picture: Racing and Sports



RANDWICK SATURDAY: Harto (R1); Petronius (R3); Air To Air (R3); Giovanna Run (R3); Nature Strip (R4); Gytrash (R4); Ball Of Muscle (R4); Splintex (R4); Dirty Work (R4); Hungry Heart (R6); Avilius (R7); Finche (R7); Shared Ambition (R7); Wu Gok (R7); Miss Sentimental (R7); Reloaded (R8); Mirra Vision (R9)  

HAWKESBURY SATURDAY: Heart Breaker (R1); Epauvescent (R5); Eight Diamonds (R5); Wave (R5); Significance (R7)


RANDWICK August 25: The fastest of the eight 1050m heats (61.99; 33.07) was won by Farnan with the classy SHARED AMBITION having an easy time of it before picking up late to surge through the line. In the only 1200m heat the stayer WU GOK took the eye with his late work running strongly through the line. In other 1050m heats there plenty of quiet trials that took the eye. Those noted getting through their work easily included MIRRA VISION.

WARWICK FARM August 21: The focus was on Everest contender GYTRASH in his first Sydney trial over 799m. He really showed his class with the way he extended in the last 50 metres for a strong second to the classy mare Fasika in a fast 46.97 (33.31and is sure to benefit from his first serious right handed experience. The quickest 799m heat was recorded by the veteran marvel BALL OF MUSCLE. He sped over the trip in 46.09 (32.967) to score by 8.5 lengths, proving again that he is still one of the fastest short course sprinters in Sydney. Chris Waller would have been delighted by the 799m heat win by his promising 3YO filly GIOVANNA RUN (47.55; 33.96).

ROSEHILL August 18: NATURE STRIP continued his spring build up and didn't disappoint with another sparkling display that would have convinced his harshest critics that he has matured into the complete package under Chris Waller's expert training. Just as he did in his resuming trial on August 4 James McDonald made no attempt to harness his natural speed and again he relaxed beautifully in full stride with no signs of the over keen traits that at times have been a worrying flaw in his makeup. He was left in a world of his own as he cruised through the line 5.5 lengths clear, clocking 54.69 and a well held 35.73 for his last 600m. The exciting Frankel filly HUNGRY HEART took the eye doing her best work through the line for a kind fourth. Chris Waller sent out eight of the nine runners in the other black type heat over 1000m with his classy ex-Kiwi mare MISS SENTIMENTAL leading home his parade. The 2019 NZ Oaks winner was pushed out late to get the upper hand in 64.09 (36.63) but Waller would have been delighted by the strong third from the top class stayer FINCHE in only his second trial since his seventh in last year's Melbourne Cup. He was up on the pace from the start and was always travelling better than those around him. The other notable effort came from the honest Group performer LIFE LESS ORDINARY running home from last start for a strong fourth. DIRTY WORK and ROCK had the measure of their rivals in their 900m heat. The effort of the lightly-raced HARTO also had plenty of merit.

WARWICK FARM August 7: The veteran king of Sydney barrier trials BALL OF MUSCLE is now in his 10th year but showed he retains plenty of zest with a soft win his 806m heat in his favoured soft/heavy conditions. Would you believe this was his 30th barrier trial since he started racing in 2013 and he's won 22 of them – if only we could bet on trials!

ROSEHILL August 4: You can't harness natural speed so it was good to see the brilliant NATURE STRIP work through his gears for an easy win in the second of the Group and Listed heats over 900m. James McDonald was happy to let the pacy Spiritual Pursuit lead with NATURE STRIP cruising wide on the track until straightening when class kicked in. McDonald barely moved as NATURE STRIP took control with the feature of his trial being how easily he put three lengths on the second horse in the last 50 metres. An effort to note behind him was RELOADED working through the line strongly from last although 10 lengths from the winner.

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Bombasay; Mr Mosaic; Rocking By; Miss Fox; I Am Superman; Mugatoo; Kimpembe; Let It Pour; In Lighten Me; Plaquette; Commanding Missile; Patrolling; Parachuter; Midland; Verry Elleegant; Sweet Deal; Dame Giselle; Lord Olympus.

Gytrash Picture: (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)


Eligible Blackbook Runners – September 2-3

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Cutadeel (R5); Masaff (R5); Think It Over (R5); Across Dubai (R5); Kinane (R5); Finche (R7); Carif (R7); Angel Of Truth (R7); Zebrowski (R7); Looks Like Elvis (R8); Icebath (R9)

MOONEE VALLEY SATURDAY: Agreeable (R7); Surprise Baby (R8)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Savacool; Behemoth; Taikomochi; Badoosh; Getyourgreyon; Emeralds; Chassis; Zourhea; Maddi Rocks; Creedence; Inanup; Krone; Sixties Groove; Frankely Awesome; Sure Knee; Viridine.

Blackbookers – Selected August 29

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OVERLORD: Surely he will drop his maiden.

GIRL TUESDAY: Class mare going well for new stable.

TENLEY: Plenty of merit in her first-up effort.

NONCONFORMIST: Could be a spring star.

ORDEROFTHEGARTER: Shaping as a lightweight Cups chance.

MR QUICKIE: This could be his best prep.


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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.