Today's Racing Preview with Chris Scholtz : 19th September 2020

Chris Scholtz previews the Randwick and Caulfield meetings on September 19 with best bets and selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

CAULFIELD September 19

RACE 5: (13) Thousand Wishes (EW)

RACE 6: (6) Agreeable

RACE 7: (14) Game Keeper (EW)

RACE 8: (13) Pretty Brazen (EW)

RACE 9: (6) Lyre

Pretty Brazen
Pretty Brazen Picture: Racing and Sports

RACE 1: 3-8-2-6

RACE 2: 7-5-6-8

RACE 3: 9-8-10-1

RACE 4: 7-5-6-3

RACE 5: 13-14-3-8

RACE 6: 6-2-4-10

RACE 7: 14-9-12-3

RACE 8: 13-1-4-18

RACE 9: 6-12-7-2

Lyre Picture: (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

RANDWICK September 19

RACE 1: (6) Zakat (EW)

RACE 3: (10) Cinquedea (Value)

 RACE 4: (3) Hungry Heart

RACE 5: (7) Reloaded

RACE 7: (10) Dirty Work (EW)

RACE 8: (9) Shared Ambition (EW)

RACE 9: Criaderas

Hungry Heart
Hungry Heart Picture: Racing and Sports

RACE 1: 6-8-10-11

RACE 2: 15-11-4-8

RACE 3: 10-8-12-4

RACE 4: 3-1-5-8

RACE 5: 7-5-9-2

RACE 6: 6-1-4-3

RACE 7: 10-3-1-7

RACE 8: 9-14-4-16

RACE 9: 9-10-14-12

Shared Ambition
Shared Ambition Picture: Steve Hart


RACE 5 (7) RELOADED: He was just short of the top echelon as a 3YO and his return when closing best for third in the G2 Tramway over this course and distance two weeks ago on the back of good trial form was positive proof that he is set to go on with it as a 4YO. Favorably placed and must be hard to beat with his expected improvement.

RACE 8 (9) SHARED AMBITION: It's time it all comes together for this enigmatic import who is yet to fulfil the big potential he displayed in his early Australian wins last spring. Hits this 2000m trip under handicap conditions at the right time after two pass mark lead-up runs plus two trials over shorter trips and he is sure to appreciate the handicap scale carrying 4kg less than his last start under wfa conditions in the Chelmsford Stakes. His wide draw is sticky but we will rely on James Macdonald to do the job.

RACE 9 (9) CRIADERAS: Impressive Lonhro gelding kept his unbeaten record intact with a super first-up win over 1250m on the Kensington track that stamped him as a genuine prospect for better races. Expect him to cope with the rise in class as his acceleration and strength through the line when resuming points to him being even better stepping up to 1400m for .

Bivouac Picture: Steve Hart



RANDWICK SATURDAY: Bound To Win (R1); Montefilia (R4); Fall On a Star (R4); Cuba (R5); Star Of The Seas (R6); Bivouac (R7); Classique Legend (R7); Tactical Advantage ((R7); Greyworm (R7); Irish Songs (R7); Standout (R7)

NEWCASTLE SATURDAY: Social Distancing (R2); Zorocat (R3); Jaytees (R3); Faethm (R6); Iciafox (R6); Ushindi (R6);  Holy Reign (R8)


RANDWICK September 8: BIVOUAC was the star attraction and lived up to his reputation with a classy win in his 1050m heat (63.63; 33.59), notably running the fastest closing sectional of the seven 1050m heats. He could have improved on his overall time as he had plenty in reserve after travelling strongly in second before taking charge turning for home under a big grip from Hugh Bowman. With two strong trials under his belt he looks in great order for the start of his Everest campaign. 

NEWCASTLE August 26: CLASSIQUE LEGEND didn't disappoint as he controlled his four horse heat over 800m on the course proper, Kerrin McEvoy sitting outside the lead then allowing the big striding grey to forge away in the closing stages for a soft win. TACTICAL ADVANTAGE trialled equally as well sitting on the back of the winner all the way and never asked to extend at any stage.

ROSEHILL August 18: A blackbook effort came from the classy STANDOUT after he settled last before circling the field to pull his way to the front turning for home. He could have won the heat easily but Nash Rawiller had him in a vice over the last 200m, holding him down to finish third.

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Arctic Thunder; Long Weekend; Deniki; Skye Banner; Haut Brion Her; Fituese; Encountabull; Gytrash; Bombasay; Mr Mosaic; Rocking By; Miss Fox; I Am Superman


Eligible Blackbook Runners – September 19

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Single Bullet (R1); Think It Over (R3); Across Dubai (R3); Cinquedea (R4); Hungry Heart (R4); Montefilia (R4); Probabeel (R5); Avilius (R6); Imaging (R6); Star Of The Seas (R6); Angel Of Truth (R8); Zebrowski (R8); Rondinella (R8); Girl Tuesday (R8).

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Agreeable (R6); Orderofthegarter (R7); Game Keeper (R7); Kinane (R7); Cascadian (R8); Superstorm (R8); I Am Eloquent (R9); Lyre (R9)

GOLD COAST SATURDAY: Dream Master (R6); Slow Hands (R9)


WYONG TUESDAY: Ballistic Lover (R3)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Rock; Crystal Chief; Savacool; Behemoth; Taikomochi; Badoosh; Getyourgreyon; Emeralds; Chassis; Zourhea; Maddi Rocks; Creedence; Inanup

Blackbookers – Selected September 12

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RUSSIAN CAMELOT:  Poised to be the star of the spring.

DJANGO FREEMAN: Fitter next time. Has the class.

CHERRY TORTONI: Expect him to win a good race.

ARCADIA QUEEN: Back to form. Should go on with it.

ENTENTE: No luck. Ready to win.

TRENGANNU: Hard watch. Look for a positive riding change.

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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.