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Randwick Race 9: The Star 150th Doncaster Mile 1600m

03/04/2015: Royal Descent has had 5 starts over the Randwick mile for 5 runners up cheques and perhaps the engagement of super jockey Joao Moreira can see this unlucky mare finally break through. Royal Descents best form has been on affected ground and it looks as though she'll get that type of ground in this years Doncaster renewal. This mare hit the line nicely last time at her 2nd run back giving a clear pointer she is ready to run yet another big race over the Randwick mile. Hallowed Crown has won 6 from 8 career starts and although a little disappointing last time when beaten into 3rd place probably found the 2000m a little far. Dropping back to the mile is big plus for this talented 3yo who won his only start over this distance at this track. Great chance if can overcome wide draw. Melbourne mare Suavito is in career best form and will be looking to maintain her unbeaten record this prep and bring up the hat trick of wins and an overall 5th straight win in her last 5 runs. Winner at Group 1 level 2 runs back and has drawn an inside gate. Japanese runner Real Impact was a narrow but impressive winner at his Australian debut and can easily go back to back here. Wide draw and conditions (if wet) may test but is a class galloper. Pornichet was a very impressive last start winner at Group 3 level and has very good record this distance and must rate a chance. Puccini is at massive odds but is a Group 1 winner in N.Z. and goes well this distance and might be worth throwing into the exotics after a very good run at Bendigo last time. Happy Trails, Arabian Gold, Sweynesse and Kermadec all rate place chances.

Randwick Race 9. RaceTime: AEDT 17:10, 04/04/2015

Front Runners (21) Real Impact, (3) Leebaz, (8) Ninth Legion.
On Pacers (13) Pornichet, (15) Cosmic Endeavour, (12) Hooked (14) Aomen.
Mid Fielders (4) It's Somewhat, (18) Royal Descent, (1) Suavito, (7) Sweynesse, (23) Hallowed Crown, (5) Arabian Gold.
Get Back (19) Kermadec,(17) Puccini, (22) Diamond Drille, (9) Destiny's Kiss, (6) Rudy, (20) Sacred Falls, (2) Happy Trails, (10) Plucky Belle, (24) Malavio, (16) World Ace, (11) Moriarty.
PACE COMMENTS Most times in large fields the pace is always genuine as on pace runners boot forward from wide gates to get prominent positions and this will certainly be the case here. There is plethora of drop out horses in this years race renewal but none should be disadvantaged by the assessed tempo which will be genuine to fast. Of those runners in the thin end of the market, nearly all have drawn wide and the first 100m of this race could be critical to the outcome.
CHANCESPlus and Minus FactorsOrderMargin
Royal Descent PLUS: Proven this level, 5 times runner up track and distance, best on affected going. A 0
  MINUS: Just seems to find one better in big races, drawn wide.    
Hallowed Crown PLUS: Won 6 from 8, distance drop here is a plus, won 2 from 3 at track. B 0.25
  MINUS: Drawn very wide, faces toughest test of career so far.    
Suavito PLUS: Group 1 winner 2 runs back, looking for 5th straight win, good win strike rate, drawn inside. C 1.5
  MINUS: Unplaced only run here, best form is on good ground.    
Real Impact PLUS: Impressive Australian debut last time, won more than $5 million in stakes. D 2
  MINUS: Only 1 win in 14 runs this distance, beaten all 3 runs soft ground.    
Pornichet PLUS: Easy winner Group 3 last time, strong record this distance, goes well on soft ground. E 3.25
  MINUS: Class rise.    
Puccini PLUS: Group 1 winner NZ, Strong record over the distance. F 3.75
  MINUS: Huge class rise from last run.    
RISKY Sacred Falls (very poor both runs this prep).
OUTCLASSED World Ace, Moriarty, Ninth Legion, Cosmic Endeavour, Hooked, It's Somewhat, Diamond Drille, Destiny's Kiss, Leebaz, Rudy, Plucky Belle, Aomen, Malavio.
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