Sydney Specials

The first meeting of the new season kicks off at Randwick on Saturday, but boy I'm lacking some enthusiasm.

I think we've been lucky the last few weeks, on the whole Sydney racing has been pretty solid but even I struggle to get excited about tomorrow.

No prizes for finding the good thing, he's no flash odds, but dare I say it, he looks an absolute moral.

Lining up in the third event the James Cummings trained Kordia ticks all the boxes and is expected to settle closer from the favourable draw.

An impressive winner fresh at Rosehill, he simply gave them too much start behind Inanup when working home well to finish fourth.

He now steps up to 1300m and should be close to his top racing third up.

While stepping up in grade he appears very well treated down in the weights and should appreciate the solid tempo with both Man Of Peace and You Make Me Smile expected to press forward.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings, he certainly has a bit up the sleeve and black odds do appear good odds.

O'Hara takes over and is currently striking at 18% from her last 50 rides (boasts the highest S/R of any jockey in the field) and with even luck, he should prove hard to beat.

In the eighth even the Mark Newnham trained Fulmina is worth another chance, after failing to live up to market expectations last start.

Well supported to start the 5/4 favourite, Fulmina failed to finish it off and now drops back to 1800m with three weeks between runs.

Tom Sherry takes over (4:2-1) and she looks to receive all the favours from the favourable draw.

Clearly no knock on the form behind Korcho and a return to her best, she should prove hard to beat.

Simon Dinopoulos' Three Tips:

Race 2 #15 Mr Magical @ $3.80

Race 3 #7 Kordia @ $2.25

Race 8 #4 Fulmina @ $3.30

The rail is out 9m from the 1600m to the winning post on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS