Meeting Preview - Randwick, 17 October 2020


The weather heading into the Randwick suggests there is rain around. Late Friday night and early Saturday morning there is a chance of showers. Can't see that being enough to send the track into the soft range and expect that the meet starts on a good4. A brief shower may come late in the meeting, but again not significant enough to put the track in the soft range. Confident we get a good track through the entire card.

The wind could play a major role, north-easterly winds of gusts over 20km/h are expected over the course of the meeting. That will be a cross-wind as they they head down the side of the track which could cause some issues for runners on the fence. In the straight it will be a direct head-wind, so horses who are peeling off backs and using the slipstream will have the momentum to really fling past horses.

The rail heads back into the true after being 4m from the 1600-2000m and 6m the rest of the course. Last meet in the true position (September 19) with similar winds, two of the leaders won and horses were also able to run on. This suggests to me that the track will play very fair and i don't expect any bias at all. As per the last 2-weeks at Randwick, race-pace dependant.

RACE 3 - THE STAR MILE (1600m)


JUST THINKIN' is the only leader here and should find the lead quite comfortably. MISSYBEEL presses forward also and LAURE ME IN as well to box-seat. PURPLE SECTOR will be just behind the pace and from the inside barrier OPACITY likely midfield on the fence. LOOKS LIKE ELVIS and PANCHO come next from gate-1 and 2. The last four SO YOU WIN, TUMULTUOUS, MATOWI and TREVELYAN likely go back and settle in barrier order.

JUST THINKIN' will find the lead easy, and will likely run this whichever way Tim Clark sees fit. The horse is rock hard fit and back from a slow run 2000m so i thi