Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - TRAFFIC WARDEN (3) Godolphin two-year-old colt by Street Boss out of Efficiently. Had plenty up the sleeve in two trials and expected to prove hard to hold out. CANARA (6) solid effort on debut when chased hard to run second over 1100m at this track on November 15. Strips fitter now and race experience will take her a long way here from the good draw. STORM BOY (2) Waterhouse/Bott-trained colt by Justify out of Pelican on debut. Has looked sharp in his trials leading into this and will take plenty of catching. VINNIRO (5) sat on the speed at debut when a plugging fourth over 1100m at this track on November 15. Can sneak into the minor placings.
RACE 2 - CALIFORNIA GRASS (8) third-up today and indicated a win was imminent after finishing fast from well back to secure second over 1890m at Newcastle on November 21. Drops sharply in weight for this and will keep improving as she steps out in distance. Has solid each-way prospects. CELESTIAL FURY (3) holding form well this time in and can win again. Taken to the front in the heavy (8) going when a gritty winner over 2100m at Hawkesbury on November 9. This is slightly tougher but not to be underestimated. XTRAREVZ (4) best form is over this trip and prepared to forgive the latest flop when a wilting eighth over 1800m here on November 15. Since fitted with a sound trial over 1200m and look for improvement with the claim. LET ME REIGN (12) near her top now fourth-up and gets the right conditions here. Stable is going well at present and races best this track and trip.
RACE 3 - STATE OF AMERICA (10) handy staying gelding who was anchored with the 59.5kg when a fighting fourth over 1800m at this track on November 15. Gets the right run again and will take plenty of stopping with the 4kg weight drop. Looks a genuine top-three contender. UNANIMOUS (2) scored a long overdue victory last Saturday in the heavy (8) going when a nose winner over 2000m at Kembla Grange. Gets the right conditions again and should hold a forward position. TOESONTHENOSE (8) came off his good run in the Four Pillars two back with a swooping 2 len victory at Newcastle over 1600m in easier company on November 18. Bred to get the trip and Rawiller keeps the ride from the inside draw.
RACE 4 - THE LIONS' GATE (7) third-up for this and gets conditions to suit back to the 1100m. Sat on the speed and came out of a strong race when second over 1200m at Doomben on November 15. Trainer knows when to bring them to Sydney, and looks up to rise in grade. Go close. GALLANT STAR (2) speedy gelding resuming with excellent figures. Has placed in town on two occasions in this grade and a recent trial had merit. Won't have any problems getting through the conditions. ALLABOUTROY (5) has a fitness edge over most of these and drops in weight with the 3kg claim today. Back in trip when ran on late to finish second over 1000m at Gundagai on November 18. Can hold a forward position and figure prominently.
RACE 5 - SHADOWS OF LOVE (2) mare in form chasing her third straight victory. Backs up quickly after swamping her rivals with a dominant 2.3 len victory over 1200m at Kembla Grange last Saturday. Up in weight and gives every indication of running a strong 1400m. LEKVARTE (1) returned from a spell with a classy long-neck win over 1400m at Newcastle in this grade on November 18. Landed big bets on that occasion and looks to have come back well. Has solid top-three claims again. CHASE MY CROWN (10) mare in form racing well. Caught the eye when third over 1400m at Newcastle in similar grade on November 18. Has genuine claims.
RACE 6 - EAGLEMONT (4) underrated gelding holding his form well. Had no choice but to be dragged back from barrier 19 when a tenacious sixth over 1600m in the Little Dance at Randwick on November 7. Ready for this trip now and just needs luck from the draw. Go close. SPITFIRE (10) holding form well this time in and better suited today after finishing eighth in tougher company over 1800m on November 11. Won and placed this trip and gets weight relief again with the 3kg claim. AKASAWA (1) smart gelding with an excellent win record returning from a short break. Never a genuine chance from the wide gate when a plugging 11th over 1600m in the Big Dance at Randwick three-and-a-half weeks ago. Since fitted with a recent trial and the 2000m shouldn't pose a problem. ZEGALO (13) tough old gelding third-up today and won third-up previously. Sat on the speed with the 59kg when a tenacious third over 1900m at Canterbury on November 7. Handles the sting out of the ground and gets the right run.
RACE 7 - Group 3 placegetter GREBENI (17) is a progressive gelding who looks well in on the limit weight. Solid effort second-up when a long neck winner over 1400m at Goulburn on November 6. Has a good record on his home track and has plenty of improvement left. Multiple Group 1 placegetter WILLIAMSBURG (14) has raced without luck this time in and is desperate for a rain-affected track. Total forgive at the latest when 14th in the G2 Damien Oliver over 1400m at Flemington on November 4. His run two back was full of merit when sixth in the Silver Eagle. Sure to be strong late. RUSTIC STEEL (2) third-up today and drops sharply in grade after finishing fifth in The Hunter over 1300m at Newcastle on November 18. Handles the going and looking for this trip now. Multiple Group 2 placegetter FINEPOINT (5) returned in good order with a slick second in the G2 Hot Danish over 1400m here on November 11. Goes just as well second-up and handles the going.
RACE 8 - Group 3 placegetter QUICK TEMPO (3) has returned in good order this time in and on the quick back-up after rattling late from well back when second over 1000m at Kembla Grange last Saturday. Extra trip suits and appreciates the sting out of the ground. CONSCRIPT (6) is an underrated sprinter resuming. Has excellent fresh figures over this course and trip. Will get back from the wide gate and expected to swoop late. Group 2 placegetter DRAGONSTONE (2) is another on the quick back-up after resuming with an encouraging fourth over 1000m at Kembla Grange last Saturday. Fitter now and likely to be getting home hard. Group 3 placegetter SNEAKY PAIGE (8) resumes today for the Brad Widdup yard. All four wins have come at this trip and loves the going. Fitter with two sound trial wins and gets every chance from the inside gate.
RACE 9 - Group 1 placegetter SKY LAB (1) is at his peak now and indicated a win was imminent after motoring late when third in the Beauford over 2300m at Newcastle on November 18. Gets through the going and will be hard to stop late. Group 1 winner SERPENTINE (2) has had a good prep prior to going out hard when a tiring 19th over 3200m in the G1 Melbourne Cup on November 7. Will go forward again and take plenty of catching. Group 1 placegetter STOCKMAN (3) is a tough old customer who grows a leg on rain affected going. Pay to forget latest 13th in the Beauford over 2300m on November 18. Goes well this track and trip and drops in weight. LITTLE MIX (9) is a smart Neasham-trained mare chasing a hat-trick. Carried the 60.5kg well when a dogged head winner over 2000m at Flemington on November 9. Distance won't be a problem and can win again.
RACE 10 - LEGIO TEN (8) is a progressive Godolphin sprinter who raced well in tougher company last time in. Resumes from a four-month break after having no luck from the draw when a tiring sixth over 1200m at this track on August 5. Goes well fresh and fitted with two sound trials. Group 3 winner SEBONACK (3) doesn't have the best win record but a much better run when fourth over this track and trip on November 4. Senior rider on today and looks good each-way value. DOLLAR MAGIC (12) has been a model of consistency this time in and due for a change of luck. Will stalk the speed from the draw and capable of taking a hand in the finish. SMASHING EAGLE (9) consistent gelding with good figures this track and trip. Handles the going and look for him late.