by Mitchell Lamb
Four venues for TwinSpires players keen to have a bet on Friday night in Australia and hopefully we’ve found a few winners below…
RANDWICK RACE 4
NO.8 NEW ARRANGEMENT (JAMES MCDONALD)
Current Odds: 3-1
This looks the right race for this imported galloper to break through for his first Aussie win for the powerhouse Chris Waller stable.
It’s only his first prep in his adopted country, but he’s been knocking on the door at his last two starts once he was stepped up past a mile, and now up another furlong to the mile and a quarter. Probably right at his peak fitness-wise, there will be no excuses this time for him and I suspect he won’t need any.
Sydney’s leading rider James McDonald takes the mount, he should get every chance in the run for that draw, and I don’t think he’ll be to bothered by a predicted heavy surface – just looks to be his turn now in this.
RANDWICK RACE 8
NO.2 MISS FABULASS (KERRIN MCEVOY)
Current Odds: 6-1
Miss Fabulass is a mare who, without doubt, should have a better record than what it reads in the form guide. But she’s had her issues during the course of her career, including niggling physical problems, poor rides, or simply inconsistent performances.
She’s been running in some high quality races of late, including her Group 1 placing in the Coolmore two starts back, and she now gets into a far easier assignment that, if she puts in and gets some luck, she really should be winning even if it is against the males.
It will have been almost two months since her last start, but she looked good in a recent trial at Gosford, and with her trainer Kris Lees declaring her on track for a start in the Stradbroke H. (G1) in Brisbane, he’s going to have her up to scratch here fitness-wise.
As long as the track isn’t too wet, I expect her to be going very close here and show that she’s ready for another crack at a major soon.
EAGLE FARM RACE 6
NO.4 BEYLIKS (LARRY CASSIDY)
Current Odds: 11-1
Been waiting for this colt to reappear after having just the two starts, one in the first juvenile race of the season in Sydney, the Breeder’s Plate, the second on a heavy surface, which he never handled, in January – on both occasions running third.
Have been extremely encouraged from what we’ve seen at his two recent barrier trials back home where, in the first one, he was never let off the bridle, cruising home into third, before settling a touch closer in the second one and, without being asked for much of an effort, getting past the leader late to win.
James Cummings has wasted no time getting him to Brisbane looking to grab some black type, with perhaps the eventual aim being the J.J. Atkins (G1) in a few weeks time, and we now see him first up in the Champagne Classic (G2) over the 6 furlongs, in a small, but quality field, highlighted by some hugely talented local 2-year-olds in Rothfire and Isotope.
But there is perhaps a slight concern over the trip for those two, and Beyliks is the one that will get the sit on the pair of them – at the odds, and with his ability moving forward in mind, I’m keen to have something on that he can cause the upset and prove that he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with over the Brisbane carnival in the best juvenile events.
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