Opal Ridge Tops 2023 The Kosciuszko Field & Betting Markets

October 11, 2023

Opal Ridge Tops 2023 The Kosciuszko Field & Betting Markets

Luke Pepper’s quality mare Opal Ridge is a first-up favourite to kick off her spring with a win in Saturday’s 2023 The Kosciuszko slot race at Royal Randwick.

Opal Ridge

Opal Ridge is the mare to beat first-up in Saturday’s $2 million The Kosciuszko. Photo: Steve Hart.

Sydney is host to a huge program headed by the $20 million The Everest, while the $2 million The Kosciuszko (1200m) is the other lucrative slot race on the card.

A quality line-up of 14 country horses face off in the set weights plus penalties sprint with The Kosciuszko betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Opal Ridge at $2.60.

The now four-year-old daughter of Rubick is drawn a treat in gate two with super hoop James McDonald booked to ride.

She races for the first time since her close fifth only 1.46 lengths beaten in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm back in June and will appreciate the six furlongs fresh in Sydney.

Opal Ridge is a two-time winner at the Randwick track and has a 50% winning strike rate over the distance.

She won the inaugural Tapp-Craig race on a Heavy (10) here last spring, and if she returns as good as she was going last prep the favourite backers could be celebrating.

The danger following at The Kosciuszko odds of $5 is the defending champion Front Page looking to go back-to-back when he also returns for the season.

The now Matthew Dale-trained son of Magnus, formerly with Geoff Duryea, won last year’s race first-up with 59kg by three-quarters of a length and is out to repeat the feat in 2023.

Front Page is out to go back-to-back with a successful title defence in Saturday's $2 million The Kosciuszko race at Randwick

He was unplaced in three subsequent Group 1 Melbourne races following his The Kosciuszko triumph and was last seen running 2.4 lengths sixth when sent to Morphettville for the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in May.

Saturday has him debuting for his new stable and out to impress with a strong first-up record (7:4-1-0) suggesting he can do just that.

Three other runners are also under double-figures for the win including Far Too Easy and Derry Grove at an equal $7.

The David McColm-trained Far Too Easy is first-up from barrier 12 here looking to go one better than his second to Front Page in last year’s The Kosciuszko results.

A Group 2 place-getter in Brisbane over the winter he also finished runner-up at Grafton in the Listed Ramornie Handicap with 58kg from a wide gate on July 12.

That was a strong effort and he looked the goods with a winning barrier trial last month ahead of his return in The Kosciuszko.

The Matthew Dunn-trained Derry Grove meanwhile boasts the fitness edge here and could be the value in the markets.

The airborne galloper is up in grade but looks a genuine chance to keep the wins coming.

The Star Turn five-year-old is proving to be one classy chestnut and chases win number four on the trot in Saturday’s $2 million acid test.

He comes off back-to-back sprint wins over shorter distances here at the Randwick track to give him an unbeaten record at the course.

He is yet to win over further than 1100m, however his recent form suggests the six furlongs will be a non-issue.

Last start saw him cart 61kg to an over one-length win at 1000m, while the run prior he was enormous putting nearly five lengths on his closest rival over 1100m here with 59.5kg.

Jockey Nash Rawiller is riding in freakishly good form this season and retains the ride on this up-and-comer who will relish racing with 55.5kg.

Completing the chances under $10 in the markets at $9 is then the Scott Collings-trained Mogo Magic in gate four.

This Duporth four-year-old is undefeated coming into the event with a perfect five-from-five record against lesser company.

He has been strong however carrying big weights to big wins in the winter including a 60kg effort over 1100m here back on July 29 ahead of his return.

Two recent winning trials at Goulburn have him ready to go with his undefeated record going on the line now.

The 2023 The Kosciuszko is set to run as Randwick Race 5 at 2:50pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s 10-race card with the latest markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available in full by clicking here.

2023 The Kosciuszko Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x10x8826x FRONT PAGE Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 8 59kg 110
2 x01x71016x MNEMENTH Mitchell Beer Tommy Berry 7 59kg 106
3 4127x1622x FAR TOO EASY David McColm James Orman 12 58.5kg 109
4 152x18711x AKASAWA Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich Aaron Bullock 10 58.5kg 100
5 x5421x53x5 CAVALIER CHARLES Matthew Dale Hugh Bowman 14 57.5kg 96
6 7x4713164x I’VE BEAN TRYIN’ Matthew Kelley Jason Collett 11 57.5kg 88
7 21x145125x OPAL RIDGE Luke Pepper James McDonald 2 57kg 112
8 11x1x11x MOGO MAGIC Scott Collings Nick Heywood 4 57kg 89
9 3x2311141x BIANCO VILANO Ron Stubbs Craig Williams 9 57kg 84
10 021125×181 OUR LAST CASH Donna Scott Ms Rachel King 13 56.5kg 91
11 42118214×0 SIZZLE MINIZZLE Brett Robb Sam Clipperton 5 56.5kg 84
12 x33450x111 DERRY GROVE Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 6 55.5kg 82
13 3260x1x11x BROKEN HILL Cody Morgan Dylan Gibbons (a) 3 55kg 84
14 2x113146x3 KIMBERLEY SECRETS Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 54kg 83
15e 18x5x6003x ART CADEAU Terry Robinson 0 59kg 106
16e 38531×8708 FENDER Brett Cavanough 0 58.5kg 100
17e 1438910×51 SUPER HELPFUL Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Adam Hyeronimus 0 58.5kg 96
18e 4060030193 GREYWORM Neville Boyle 0 57.5kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

 

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