We take a look at today’s Randwick meeting in which the George Main Stakes headlines the nine race card. We take a look at each of the races on the card and give our tips and bets.
Race One: 6 Enjoyable
Race Two: 9 Magicus
Race Three: 2 Tango Rain
Race Four: 4 Skylight Glow
Race Five: 1 Hartnell
Race Six: 8 Winx
Race Seven: 2 Ball Of Muscle
Race Eight: 1 Happy Clapper
Race Nine: 12 Sonic Swish
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Best Bet: Race Eight Number 1 Happy Clapper
Next Best: Race Six Number 8 Winx
Best Value: Race Seven Number2 Ball Of Muscle
A granddaughter of 2001 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups winner Ethereal has made a winning start to her Victorian spring campaign, with the VRC Oaks on the radar.
Trained by New Zealanders Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman who are no strangers to success in Australia, Eleonora was sent out the $1.45 favourite in Friday’s 1300m fillies and mares’ maiden on the synthetic track at Geelong.
After taking a while to warm up in the straight, Eleonora rushed home to overhaul the two leaders to win comfortably by 1-1/4 lengths.
“Mid-race I was bolting, but the two leaders kicked and put four lengths on her at the top of the straight and I was a bit anxious there, to see if she was going to finish it off,” jockey Damien Oliver told Racing.com.
“But she claimed them well inside the furlong and she finished off really well.”
Friday’s race was Eleonora’s fifth start and second this campaign. She had been placed in all four of her runs in New Zealand including the Listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie in April.
Eleonora is by Makfi out of Sopra Tutto, a daughter of Ethereal.
Baker and Forsman began their Melbourne spring assault last Saturday when Saracino won the Group Two Danehill Stakes at Flemington.