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Prof’s Saturday Racing December 18 Randwick Preview: Is Bottega A Prime Candidate To Return To Winning Ways?

December 17, 2021April 26th, 2022

 

“He’s a more than capable horse on his day and hoping he can show up here.”

Racecourse
Randwick, Sydney

Race 8
ACY Securities December Hcp, 1400m

Typical summer feature at headquarters with no shortage of possible winners amongst the 10-horse field.
Bottega (4.80) (pictured below) hasn’t won for more than 18 months now but felt this race might offer him a chance to break through off the back of a comfortable trial.
His fresh performances have been excellent over his past two preparations and he was unlucky not to get the chocolates each time, going within a whisker of landing the Newcastle Newmarket in the autumn and beaten a head by Prime Candidate (15.00) prior to that having taken a while to bullock into the clear.
He’s a more than capable horse on his day and hoping he can show up here.

 

 

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Early favourite Bigboyroy (2.80) (in below tweet) is a perennial bridesmaid who rarely runs a bad race but invariably finds one or two better than him on the day.
That was the case again last start where he lost out in a tight finish to Katalin, although the form reads well given he beat home Villiers winner Brutality
He gets a handy 4kg weight drop into this and should easily lob in the first three in running from the inside draw. 
No knock but non-winners often stay that way and he’s not a horse that engenders a great deal of trust.

 

 

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Frosty Rocks (5.50) (pictured below) is another first-up specialist who may look to use this as a springboard towards another Queensland campaign in the New Year.
The grey had the better of Bigboyroy in similar circumstances during the winter, lugging 60kgs to an all-the-way win in BM88 grade having appeared certain to be overwhelmed at the furlong mark.
Trials have been sound and expect him to run a forward race.

 

Of the others, Love Tap (9.50) has been freshened and dropped back in trip after a somewhat plain effort behind Mightybeel on the Hunter card and needs to lift.
While Dream Circle (9.50) carries just 52.5kgs with the claim and should be better for two runs under his belt but generally prefers some sting out of the track and is unlikely to get that here given the favourable forecast.

My Tip: Bottega (4.80) (win)

 

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BEST VALUE: Countofmontecristo (Eagle Farm Race 8) (15.00)

ONE TO AVOID: Francesco Guardi (Randwick Race 7) (2.05)

 

 

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