Ocean Park Boys and a Heavy 9 at Randwick


Champion will take 2 Ocean Park geldings to Randwick tomorrow on a Heavy 9 track and hope that is a winning formula.

The first to grace the track is Southern Lad in Race 5 over 1100m in the open sprint. He is a lightly raced 5yo gelding having had 19 starts for 5 wins and 7 placings having earned his owners $330,000 thus far. He will start favourite in the race and has a history of running well on yielding ground having had 6 starts for 3 wins and 2 placings.

We expect Southern Lad will find himself worse than midfield coming around the bend tomorrow however hopefully getting wide down the running will be the place to be and he can admonish the demons from last start at Wagga where he couldn't get out and had no momentum when he needed it most in the Town Plate 3 weeks ago.

James McDonald takes the reigns and from the outside gate we expect he will bide his time, find some cover early and expose him late. He has a good turn of foot and hopefully that will see him through as he is well deserving of another Saturday victory.


The very next race we see Opacity take the stage. He is an $8 chance and second up from a spell after running 2.5L 5th a fortnight ago with Hugh Bowman in the saddle. The Mudgee Maestro is back on again tomorrow and from gate 3 will have him smothered up in a competitive race. He steps up 100m from last start to the 1500m event and whilst this is still short of his best we are confident the improvement derived from the first up run will hold him in good stead at the finish.

Opacity is a progressive 3yo gelding having won 3 out of 4 starts in his initial racing preparation, and now being more seasoned and coming up to metropolitan grade on a regular basis we will see him to advantage as the distances step up.

He hasn't raced on heavy going in the past but the deeds of Ocean Park progeny to date suggest he is a good chance of handling it and if he can do that, we expect him to find the 2.5L he needs to find himself in the winners stall tomorrow afternoon.



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