Today's Randwick Preview with Chris Scholtz : 4th September 2021

Chris Scholtz previews the Chelmsford Stakes meeting at Royal Randwick with selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

ZAAKI  Picture: Michael McInlally/Sportpix

RANDWICK September 8

Best Bets

RACE 8: (2) Cascadian

RACE 10: (13) Atishu

For Value

RACE 3: (10) Savvy Crown

RACE 6: (3) Jamaea

RACE 9: (6) Cuban Royale

RACE 1: 19-2-5-3

RACE 2: 7-8-3-9

RACE 3: 10-3-1-11

RACE 4: 4-5-7-3

RACE 5: 1-3-9-2

RACE 6: 3-7-4-12

RACE 7: 1-6-8-5

RACE 8: 2-1-4-13

RACE 9: 6-11-16-13

RACE 10: 13-17-11-16

CASCADIAN Picture: Racing and Sports

RACE 6 (3) JAMAEA: There's no standout among this current crop of 3YO fillies and I won't be surprised if we get a different winner in every leg of the Princess Series. This talented filly finished a luckless first-up fourth in the first leg, the Silver Shadow over this same course and distance two weeks ago, but I'm treating her as the winner as she was trapped behind a wall over the last 400m and had no chance to unleash her sharp turn of foot. She still recorded the second fastest last 600m and surely holds as much scope for improvement as any rival rated above her in the early betting. Proved her class beating a similar lot in the G2 Percy Sykes – again over the Randwick 1200m - in the autumn and this time jumps from a wider barrier more favourable to her racing style.

RACE 8 (2) CASCADIAN: He was the unlucky runner first-up in the G1 Winx Stakes over 1400m at this course two weeks ago and confident that form will carry through to this similar weight-for-age contest. It was a blanket finish but the interference he copped at the 300m cost him the win. His form in top grade wfa events is first class and let's not forget he won the best mile handicap in the land, the G1 Doncaster over this course and distance in the autumn. Should get a positive ride this time from an inside draw.

JAMAEA  Picture: Steve Hart


Noted Trial Runners

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Tony Be (R4); Nature Strip (R5); Wild Ruler (R5); Standout (R5); Adelong (R5); Enterprise Pomme (R6); De An Andretti (R6); Zeyrek (R10)


NEWCASTLE SATURDAY: Stunning To Win (R2); Speech (R3); Rothrock (R3)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Eyewitness; Invincible Vision; Profondo; Arthur Francis; Quick Tempo; Bruckner; Masked Crusader; Madam Legend; Andermatt; Centro Storico; Beep Test; Tristate; Salute To The Sun; Way To The Stars; Fituese; Atishu; Swift Witness; Private Eye; Ballistic Lover.

NATURE STRIP Picture: Steve Hart


ROSEHILL August 26: Reigning sprint champion NATURE STRIP was the standout performer in his first appearance since the autumn and didn't disappoint as he trucked through his 900m heat on the course proper in great style. He led easily by three lengths in the middle stages and at the finish had extended his margin to more than six lengths under a cold ride from Glyn Schofield. The clock said it all as NATURE STRIP recorded a smart 54.94 (34.57) while the second 900m heat on the course proper was run in much slower time (56.76; 35.71). The open A Grass heats over 900m featured a sharp performance by the lightly raced ex-Queensland filly ENTERPRISE POMME in her first trial for the Gerald Ryan/Sterling Alexiou stable. She responded well when put under a ride to record a strong win in good time for the session (56;35.,42) while her well performed stablemate STANDOUT took the eye with his strong third in his first trial since a disappointing campaign early in the year. 

HAWKESBURY August 23: WILD RULER recorded an impressive win in the 900m heat for Group horses on the course proper. Two-time Everest runner and G1 winner TREKKING was among his rivals but WILD RULER was the one to make the best impression coming from off the pace and covering ground to win the heat narrowly from the good mare ADELONG. TREKKING took the inside running on the turn and levelled up with ADELONG at the 200m but WILD RULER hit the line best and was eager to go quicker.

RANDWICK August 20: Ron Quinton's promising 3YO filly DE AN ANDRETTI added to her growing reputation with a classy win in the open heat over 742m (44.41; 33.94). She was held up behind a line of leaders and it was her late surge when gaining a split in the last 100m that underlined her talent. The unbeaten HUESCA underlined his potential with an all the way win in the fastest 1045m heat (62.74; 34.66) beating subsequent winner Madam Legend.

WARWICK FARM August 9: The black type heat over 900m saw ZAAKI settle last behind a line of four. He worked easily to the line in what was no more than a working gallop, finishing 5.6 lengths off the winner.

RANDWICK AUGUST 6: Lightly raced DE AN ANDRETTI should take plenty of improvement from her smart win in the open heat over 743m (43.73; 33.21).


Eligible Blackbook Runners – September 1

RANDWICK SATURDAY: Jamaea (R6); She's All Class (R6); Yearning (R6); She's Ideel (R8); Geist (R9); Eight Diamonds (R9); Cepheus (R10); All Time Legend (R10)

MOONEE VALLEY SATURDAY: Barade (R4); La Rocque (R6); Superstorm (R8) 

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Signora Nera; Coastwatch; Madam Legend; Masked Crusader; Vinco; Super Effort; Bella Nipotina; Arctic Thunder; Hi Stranger; Chat; Kutayha; Furrion; Criminal Code.

Blackbookers – Selected August 28

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ARTORIUS: Set for a big spring.

CAPTIVANT: He'll be a player in the longer 3YO races.

INSTANT CELEBRITY: Good mare. Best against own sex.

KISS THE BRIDE: Ready for something longer.

PURRFECT DEAL: More staying wins in store.

RUUCA: Worked hard first-up. Better for the run.

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.