118 acceptances for Randwick

The Australian Turf Club received 118 acceptances for the meeting at Randwick on Saturday with a field of 12 to open the nine race programme at 11.35am with the Newhaven Park Bm72 Handicap (1300m), the first Sydney metropolitan race back at $125,000 stake levels since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Race 4 at 1.20pm is the Quincy Seltzer Bm88 Handicap (1800m) with a field of nine including three from the Kris Lees stable, Hallelujah (JPN), Articus (FR) and High Opinion.

Hallelujah is the top-weight carrying 60.5kg under apprentice Jean Van Overmeire with barrier one, Articus carries 55.5kg with apprentice Louise Day’s allowance and barrier five while High Opinion has 55.5kg under Jason Collett and barrier two.

Warwick Farm’s Matthew Smith has accepted with Milk Man (USA) with 59kg under Nash Rawiller and barrier nine.

Milk Man (USA) has returned from a three race Queensland campaign they yielded two seconds and a last start win over 1615m at Benchmark 90 level at Doomben on June 20th. The six-year-old Kitten’s Joy gelding carried 56kg under Ryan Maloney on the Heavy 8 track for the win and overall added $57,900 in stakes for connections.

The Course Proper is rated a Heavy 8 on Wednesday after 27mm of rain over the last seven days. This is an improvement on the Heavy 10 rating on Monday. The rail is out 4m for the entire circuit.

Sydney’s weather into the weekend is mostly sunny with 23c on Thursday, 18c on Friday and 8c to 17c on Saturday.

Randwick fields

Rail out 4m for the entire circuit on Saturday, picture ThoroughbredNEWS