Sydney Specials: Randwick – 9th April 2022

Sydney’s big wet isn’t going anywhere and whether we race on Saturday at Randwick still remains up in the air.

To this point Sydney has received the most rain since records were first kept in 1859.

A total of 1226.8mm has fallen as of 9am this morning – insane!

Always hopeful of the meeting going ahead but looking at the forecast if it is to be postponed, I suspect the meeting will be moved to Monday.

Either way we need to find some winners.

IN THE CONGO winning the XXXX Golden Rose
IN THE CONGO winning the XXXX Golden Rose Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

The Waterhouse and Bott trained In The Congo returned in a big way last start when narrowly beaten in The Galaxy.

Forced to give weight away to all bar one of his rivals he stuck on gamely and remains open to further improvement second up.

Rated 121 by Timeform he is the only Group 1 winner in the field and under the set weight conditions he looks very well placed.

From the middle draw he is expected to land outside the lead with the speedy Maotai taking it up.

This should allow Berry to control the race and give himself the best chance of finding the fast lane (if there is one) in the straight.

Certainly respect the chances of both Mazu and Paulele however In The Congo comes here as the fresh horse and given he is already rated the better of the three, he deserves to be outright favourite and should take plenty of beating.

STOCKMAN winning the Furphy Sky High Stakes
STOCKMAN winning the Furphy Sky High Stakes Picture: Bradleyphotos.com.au

Hard to ignore the form-lines of Stockman in the Sydney Cup and while far from a real handicap, he still looks very well placed.

A handy winner of the Sky High Stakes two back, he was hard to miss last start when finishing second behind star mare Duais.

On trial at the trip but gives the impression it will suit and he is a proven heavy tracker.

When looking at his record (on heavy tracks) at 2000m and beyond he is unbeaten in four attempts and the middle draw should work in his favour.

Has a touch of class in this line up and if he stays the trip, he should be too good.

Simon Dinopoulos' Tips:

Race 5 #1 In The Congo @ $3.70
Race 7 #4 Stockman @ $5.00


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Simon Dinopoulos

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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.

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