Sydney Specials: Randwick - 7th March 2020

A rain soaked Randwick faces punters on Saturday with the Group 1 Randwick Guineas one of the main highlights.

Throw in Super Saturday at Flemington and we are all set for another bumper day's racing.

I'll admit it is always a tricky weekend when doing the form, there are dual acceptors across the board with Canberra's two-day carnival kicking off on Sunday with the Black Opal Stakes.

The Kris Lees trained Mugatoo is expected to head to the Canberra Cup on Monday, though we eagerly wait to see what connections decide tomorrow morning.

That being the case we are likely to cop some deductions, but more than happy to side with Shared Ambition in the eighth event tomorrow.

Shared Ambition winning the The Macca's Run (Bm96)
Shared Ambition winning the The Macca's Run (Bm96) Picture: Racing and Sports

Unbeaten in his first three starts in Australia, Shared Ambition quickly stamped himself a horse to follow, his sectionals at his second Australian start were top drawer and gave every indication he is destined for Group 1 company.

Doesn't always work out that way, but it is a good start.

Sent out a warm favourite first up, he suffered his first defeat when only narrowly beaten at Warwick Farm over the mile.

Didn't have a lot of luck at the right time and felt it was a perfect starting point.

Given 24 days between runs, he has since been back to the trials and found the line nicely.

Shared Ambition is sure to relish the 2000m and appears one step ahead of the handicapper.

JMac takes over and with even luck, he should prove very hard to beat.

Castelvecchio finishing second behing Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate at Mooney Valley
Castelvecchio finishing second behing Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate at Mooney Valley  Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

In the Randwick Guineas, 11/13 come through the Hobartville in which Castelvecchio was the best close.

Unsuited by the race shape, he got left flat-footed at the top of the straight, but clearly did his best work through the line.

He returned the fastest L400m and L200m of the race, overall 8th and 6th fastest of the meeting.

The step up in trip is sure to suit and the testing track is also likely to help bring his rivals back to him.

May still be one run short, however given there is little different form to speak of, happy to swing his way.

He started half the price of Shadow Hero first up ($6.50 Vs $13) and while yet to beat him in three prior meetings, confident he gets his chance tomorrow.

A Group 1 win at a mile at both two and three does a lot for his stud CV, there is a lot on the line for him tomorrow.

He may take a while to wind up, but the wide draw allows him to get straight to the outside and he should be very strong late.

Simon Dinopoulos' Three Tips:

Race 5 #7 Standout @ $2.80

Race 7 #1 Castelvecchio @ $5.00

Race 8 #8 Shared Ambition @ $3.20


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Simon Dinopoulos

Senior Handicapper | Vice President of Data Integrity

Sydney-born Simon Dinopoulos joined Racing and Sports' as a form analyst in 2012.

Under the tutelage of Gary Crispe and Adam Blencowe, Simon has quickly established himself as a respected member of the R&S ratings team, with a key focus on NSW, Western Australia and Singapore.

As a journalist he contributes stories for the R&S website, while also priding himself on being a part of the data management sector. Simon has helped establish and maintain Racing And Sports’ global database – the most comprehensive privately owned racing database in the world.

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