Sydney Specials: Randwick- Saturday 21st of January 2023

The Listed Carrington Stakes headlines racing at Randwick this Saturday, just one week out from Group 2 racing returning.

We're just one week away from some of the good ones returning to the races as the Autumn carnival seemingly creeps closer and closer to the New Year each year. Give it a few years and the Cox Plate will be on New Year's Eve and the Winx on New Year's Day.

Nevertheless we do have some stakes class action this Saturday at Randwick with the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m). For the sake of a tip there I'd throw out Vreneli down in the weights but with no real fat in the 4-1 price we instead look to another of the G Waterhouse & A Bott on-pace army.

Star Sparks fits that bill in Race 9, a benchmark 88 over the mile which looks like a suitable contest for this progressive gelding second The overall time was just fair but I thought he stuck on well there under 132lbs, surely with plenty of improvement to come.

Beaten a length and change, he drops 11lbs in the weights, controls the race from barrier 2 with Clark on board, gets onto drier ground and rises slightly in trip. He's a textbook 'box-ticker' but does have the ratings to back it returning with a solid 96 on the Timeform scale.

That has him narrowly ahead on the R&S weight adjusted ratings and I'd be disappointed if he wasn't getting that figure into the triple digits here, which with a favourable set up and 121lbs should be enough to hold these at bay.

For the each-way play (or at least something over $2 to place), I think Tony Be in Race 4 might be the one.

He loomed up last week but thankfully couldn't get past Irish Legend who got the job done for but did start $3.40 there to Irish Legend's $9 and there was only 0.6 lengths between them on the line.

Key to note that Chris Waller excels on the quick backup, striking at 23.3% this season for horse with 1-7 days between runs with a $1.43 ROI.

With that in mind, a small weight swing and Berry (who could either be distracted or desperate to build a bank) taking the ride from a soft gate, I think he can turn the tables and we're now getting a more reasonable $6.


Bet of the day: Race 9 #7 Star Sparks @ $3.5

Each-way play: Race 4 #9 Tony Be @ $6/2.2

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