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Randwick Race 8: Randwick City Mayor's Cup BM81 2000m

21/08/2015: Not a great race to wind up proceedings and certainly no compelling form lines. Without too much conviction we'll opt for the Jimmy Cassidy mount in Loophole. This 6yo gelding has won 2 from 4 at this distance with one being last start at this track. Has been up for a while but last run indicates he is holding form well and looks as good as chance as any in this even affair. Been some early market support for Artibai who drops in class for this and wouldn't have to improve a great deal on last start placing to be a force in this. Draws well and should get good trail up on the speed. Chastened hit the line well late last time out and is knocking on the door after being runner up last two times out. Handles all types of conditions and must rate highly again. Zayam beat Artibai out of 2nd money last time and is another who wouldn't need much improvement to win this, best form to date however has been on affected ground and the better going here is a concern. Similarly, although in a winning vein of form Soviet Courage has poor form on good tracks and at this stage looks purely a wet tracker. Casino Dancer rates a place chance.

Randwick Race 8. RaceTime: AEST 17:00, 22/08/2015

RACEMAPRandwick City Mayor's Cup BM81 2000m
Front Runners (5) Zayam, (12) Tradtri.
On Pacers (11) Soviet Courage, (9) Loophole, (2) Artibai.
Mid Fielders (4) Casino Dancer, (1) Plutorius, (3) Nadacheva.
Get Back (10) Chastened, (6) Dream Folk, (7) Scottish Border, (8) Just As Cosmic.
PACE COMMENTS Another early battle for the lead looms here between Zayam and Tradtri. Zayam has drawn better but Tradtri has led on many more occasions than Zayam, so we're tipping perhaps Zayam to hand it up if Tradtri presses hard from wide out. Race favourite Artibai has drawn perfectly in gate 2 and this on pace runner should get a great passage. Chastened is well in commission and seems most likely on recent racing patterns to drop rearward early. Clearly enough top end pace on paper here to warrant a genuine or even fast overall race tempo.
CHANCESRandwick City Mayor's Cup BM81 2000mOrderMargin
Loophole PLUS: Good record this distance, has won this track, last start winner this course. A 0
  MINUS: Has had a long preparation.    
Artibai PLUS: Goes well this distance range, drier track here a big plus, drops in grade, draws well. B 1
  MINUS: Yet to win past BM 75 class.    
Chastened PLUS: Looks ready to win after two recent 2nds, hit the line well late last time. C 1.5
  MINUS: Yet to win past 1500m.    
Zayam PLUS: Just beaten 1900m last time, drops in grade, well drawn and will race right up on the pace. D 2.5
  MINUS: Only 1 placing in 4 runs on good ground.    
Soviet Courage PLUS: Has won last 3 runs, goes well this track, goes well this distance. E 4.25
  MINUS: Best form has been on heavy ground.    
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