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Randwick Race 8: Schweppes 150th Sydney Cup 3200m

10/04/2015: This years Sydney Cup renewal is a race that looks to have limited winning chances. Hartnell is in career best form and looks like adding his 3rd Group race in succession by taking out this years Cup. Hartnell is a winner over the distance and has very good wet form. Should be really at his peak at 4th run back and looks the testing material in this. Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is slowly returning to form and will be suited admirably by the further increase in distance from last run. Protectionist is unbeaten both runs on soft going and should offer staunch opposition to Hartnell. Who Shot Thebarman is another who looks to be getting back to best form and has the added advantage of being a winner over this distance. This gelding also handles wet ground and can easily deliver a knockout blow if things fall his way. Would be a real surprise if the winner didn't come from this trio but Akzar rates some sort of hope if the others are off their game.

Randwick Race 8. RaceTime: AEST 15:55, 11/04/2015

Front Runners (1) Big Memory, (8) Don Deremo.
On Pacers (5) Dominant, (9) Au Revoir.
Mid Fielders (3) Renew, (12) Red Cadeaux, (7) Hartnell, (6) Like A Carousel, (4) Grand Marshal.
Get Back (2) Protectionist, (10) Who Shot Thebarman, (11) Akzar.
PACE COMMENTS Big Memory and Don Doremo look like like setting the pace here in a race that doesn't boast an over abundance of top end speed. Race favourite Hartnell should slot in somewhere mid field whilst fancied Melbourne Cup winner will drop out to the rear and although suited by the field size won't get any favours here off what should only be a moderate speed.
CHANCESPlus and Minus FactorsOrderMargin
Hartnell PLUS: Winner this distance, looking for hat trick of wins in this, goes well soft ground. A 0
  MINUS: Nil.    
Protectionist PLUS: Melbourne Cup winner, unbeaten both runs soft ground, regaining best form. B 1
  MINUS: A bit disappointing in all 3 runs this campaign.    
Who Shot Thebarman PLUS: Winner this distance, goes well in wet, hit the line well last time from well back. C 1.5
  MINUS: Unplaced only run this track.    
Akzar PLUS: Top form in Melbourne last prep, handles wet. D 5
  MINUS: Class rise.    
OUTCLASSED Dominant, Au Revoir, Big Memory, Like A Carousel, Renew, Grand Marshal, Don Doremo.
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