Randwick has received 166.22mm of rain in the last seven days up to early Monday morning with the track rating a Heavy 10 prior to the ten race Winter Stakes meeting on Saturday. There were 24 nominations on Monday for the $160,000, Listed feature over 1400m.
Overall the meeting received 242 nominations with the rail to be out 9m for the entire circuit.
Joe Pride has nominated the Listed Civic Stakes winner Taksu for the Winter Stakes with second placed Oscar Zulu also nominated for a rematch.
Taksu, a six-year-old Equiano gelding, with 54.5kg was perfectly rated by Glyn Schofield for the Civic Stakes, leading for the trip and having a 1/4L on Oscar Zulu at the line. The track was a Good 4.
The Chris Waller trained Oscar Zulu, a four-year-old Epaulette gelding, carried 56kg under Josh Parr and came late from 11th at the 400m for the second placing, his second placing in succession and taking his stakes earnings to $566, 640.
Randwick’s John Thompson is seeking a third win in succession at his home track for Jojo Was A Man. The four-year-old Al Mahar gelding out of the Reset mare Jo Jo Girl and carrying the red silks with white cap of the Tait’s, has been carefully worked through the grades by Thompson. In his last four starts he was won three, the last two at Randwick.
On June 25th Jojo Was A Man carried 58.5kg under apprentice Reece Jones in the Benchmark 78 over 1400m to win a 1/4L in hand.
Sydney’s weather this week has rain forecast each day. Tuesday through to Thursday will be cloudy with 10mm to 15mm possible and 18c on Tuesday, 1mm to 5mm with 19c Wednesday and 4mm to 10mm with 18c on Thursday. Friday and Saturday are forecast to be partly cloudy with up to 6mm possible with 17c Friday and 3mm to 10mm possible with 17c Saturday.
Randwick's Course Proper rated a Heavy 10 on Monday, picture Sportpix.com.au