The Sydney racing scene this Saturday is headlined by a black type meeting at Royal Randwick Racecourse where the 2015 WJ McKell Cup will take centre stage at the rain-affected course.
It is a cool day in Sydney trackside at Randwick today with a top of only 18 degrees and a partly cloudy day on the agenda with no chance of further rain falling on an already very wet track.
At 7:45am (AEST) this morning the Randwick course proper was rated a Heavy (10), the worst rating before abandonment, and there have been a number of abandoned meetings across New South Wales recently including Newcastle today.
The Royal Randwick meeting is still officially on however but it will be a case of getting behind the known wet track performers in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Randwick Track Report – 23/05/2015
- Rail: +3m Entire Circuit
- Penetrometer: 6.23
- Weather: Overcast
- Track Rating: Heavy (10)
- Track Type: Turf
- Irrigation: Nil
- Rainfall: 16.2mm last 24hrs, 31.2mm last 7 days
Racing is due to kick off in Sydney this afternoon at 12:00pm (AEST) with the $85,000 Fresh For Kids Plate (1200m) for the two-year-olds and continue through until Race 8 brings things to a close at 4:25pm (AEST) with a depleted field for the $85,000 Save Our Sons Handicap (1400m).
The heavy track has seen a total of 31 scratchings across the card, the feature race of which is the $100,000 Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) running as Race 6 at 3:05pm (AEST).
From the original 12 starter WJ McKell Cup field two come out with the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Rawnaq and Chris Waller’s Rezoned the official two scratchings.
WJ McKell Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of the $500 new depositor bonus this season, features a number of single figure hopes with wet track form including the current market mover and $3.20 favourite (in from $4.60) Major Major.
The Bryce Heys-trained six-year-old has two wins from three previous starts on Heavy ground, both those wins coming at his latest two starts when saluting over the 2400m at Randwick on a Heavy (8) on April 25 and then a Heavy (9) over the same distance at Warwick Farm last start on May 6.
Randwick Scratchings – 23/05/2015
Total Scratchings: 31
Race 1 (12:00pm) – $85,000 Fresh For Kids Plate (1200m)
#2 Press Statement (3), #9 Lieder (7), #11 Maternal (4), #12 Hot Streak (12)
Race 2 (12:35pm) – $85,000 Your Local Greengrocer Handicap (1400m)
#1 Good Project (8), #6 Alegria (2), #9 Staviva (1), #10 Liberty Island (4)
Race 3 (1:10pm) – $85,000 Ardrossan Batlow Apples Handicap (2000m)
#3 Redoutable Heart (13), #4 Makeadane (11), #5 Easy Drama (2), #7 Ammirata (10), #11 Honcho (3)
Race 4 (1:45pm) – $85,000 Toyota Material Handling (Australia) Handicap (1400m)
#6 Got The Goss (2), #7 Aussies Love Sport (3), #10 Mountain View (8)
Race 5 (2:25pm) – $85,000 Get Well Glenn Handicap (1200m)
#2 Religify (5), #3 Maddhal (6), #5 Moral Victory (3), #7 Impulsive Spirit (8), #8 Caprossa (9)
Race 6 (3:05pm) – $100,000 Listed Sydney Markets Ltd McKell Cup (2400m)
#8 Rawnaq, #10 Rezoned
Race 7 (3:45pm) – $85,000 Sydney Markets Foundation Handicap (1100m)
#3 Decision Time (1), #6 Senta De Noche (9), #7 Agent (2)
Race 8 (4:25pm) – $85,000 Save Our Sons Handicap (1400m)
#1 Holy Delusions (5), #2 All Cerise (11) #4 Transfers (15), #6 Just As Cosmic (7), #14 You Are Golden (2)