BEST BET – YANKEE ROSE (Randwick – Race 6 No. 8): ’. Looking at the past 25 years of Sires’ results tells us that 15 of the winners have come through a top three finish in the Golden Slipper. Yankee Rose is the only of the top three tackling the race this year which is ideal for her. In fact six of the past 25 winners finished runner-up in the Golden Slipper. Telperion finished fourth in the Golden Slipper so we are not discounting him, especially as he had no luck in the big one, but Yankee Rose has more tactical pace and that could prove the difference on Saturday. Zac Purton is also sure to be wiser for the experience after stating after the Golden Slipper – “Just the whip rules, if I was able to get into her a little bit earlier I think she may have made it very interesting, but I had to wait and it was too late.” Yankee Rose has been well supported still shopping $4.
VALUE BET – AZKADELLIA (Randwick – Race 9 No. 11): The obvious choice and well deserved favorite is Winx is this year’s Doncaster at a tidy price of $1.90 with gate 11. However Ciaron Maher’s mare brings consistent form into this and has consistent Group form. A certainty beaten in Group I grade during the spring, she has returned this campaign with three top two finishes – all in group company. Her latest runner-up effort behind Peeping in the Coolmore Classic was extremely encouraging heading into the mile at Randwick. Gets 6.5kg off Winx and 7kg off Kermadec which are the two dangers. And how much weight should the “Bossy” factor carry? Glen Boss has ridden a staggering five Doncaster winners from the past 12 runnings of the time-honoured race. That’s got to be worth something. At $11 she’s an Each Way Special.