Sydney Specials: Randwick - 1st August 2020

The first meeting of the new season kicks off at Randwick on Saturday, but boy I'm lacking some enthusiasm.

I think we've been lucky the last few weeks, on the whole Sydney racing has been pretty solid but even I struggle to get excited about tomorrow.

No prizes for finding the good thing, he's no flash odds, but dare I say it, he looks an absolute moral.

KORDIA winning the Hyland Eofy Sale (Bm78).
KORDIA winning the Hyland Eofy Sale (Bm78). Picture: Steve Hart

Lining up in the third event the James Cummings trained Kordia ticks all the boxes and is expected to settle closer from the favourable draw.

An impressive winner fresh at Rosehill, he simply gave them too much start behind Inanup when working home well to finish fourth.

He now steps up to 1300m and should be close to his top racing third up.

While stepping up in grade he appears very well treated down in the weights and should appreciate the solid tempo with both Man Of Peace and You Make Me Smile expected to press forward.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings, he certainly has a bit up the sleeve and black odds do appear good odds.

O'Hara takes over and is currently striking at 18% from her last 50 rides (boasts the highest S/R of any jockey in the field) and with even luck, he should prove hard to beat.

FULMINA winning the Rosehill Bowling Club (Bm78)
FULMINA winning the Rosehill Bowling Club (Bm78) Picture: Racing and Sports

In the eighth even the Mark Newnham trained Fulmina is worth another chance, after failing to live up to market expectations last start.

Well supported to start the 5/4 favourite, Fulmina failed to finish it off and now drops back to 1800m with three weeks between runs.

Tom Sherry takes over (4:2-1) and she looks to receive all the favours from the favourable draw.

Clearly no knock on the form behind Korcho and a return to her best, she should prove hard to beat.

Simon Dinopoulos' Three Tips:

Race 2 #15 Mr Magical @ $3.80

Race 3 #7 Kordia @ $2.25

Race 8 #4 Fulmina @ $3.30

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Simon Dinopoulos

Senior Handicapper

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.

Simon can be heard on Sky Sports Radio - Racings HQ (Friday/Saturday mornings) giving his selections for the weekend's racing.