Australian Spot Plays for Warwick Farm on April 7

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April 6th, 2020

In between the two days of The Championships at Randwick, more meat-and-potatoes fare is on tap for Sydney race fans at Warwick Farm on Tuesday night U.S. time. Post time for the first race is 10:35 p.m. (EDT), with Warwick Farm offered as "Australia C" at

Here are several runners we'll be taking a look at from Warwick Farm racing

Race 2

Four-start maiden #4 SIGNIFICANCE (11-2) is a son of Frankel, while his second dam was the French Oaks (G1)-winning and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) runner-up Aquarelliste. Though he hasn't yet lived up to such lofty bloodlines, he did run a solid fourth in a listed stakes last season at Randwick before going on the shelf for nearly 11 months. Comeback attempt at Kembla Grange in early March was solid, but reportedly refused to settle and over-raced when attempting to make all over Randwick's Kensington course second-up. Appears the one to run down here if more relaxed in the early stages.

Race 3

From a class perspective, #2 DISRUPTOR (4-1) could take some beating if he's ready to roll off a 10-month spell having face much tougher last autumn. His latest was a handy maiden victory over this course and he resumes having won a barrier trial on Mar. 20.

A longshot perhaps worth using with Disruptor in vertical exotics, or as an each-way proposition, is #11 PIPING ROLLER (14-1). Away awkwardly and only sixth in her latest at Kembla Grange, the 3-year-old filly shortens up to a distance over which she's 2-for-2. She also owns a placing over Heavy ground, a plus as the Warwick Farm course at this writing listed as "Heavy 8" with more showers forecast for the afternoon. Another plus is the arrival of Opie Bosson in the saddle, who's won with an incredible 19 of his last 50 mounts.

Race 4

The winningest horse in the field is #6 EPIC DAN (11-1), with 12 winner's circle visits from 50 lifetime starts. Although his record at 5 1/2 furlongs leaves much to be desired, he won under virtually similar conditions by two lengths over this course two back going 6 furlongs. His fondness for Warwick Farm and Heavy going are his main assets, and he's another who could be the one to catch with a clean break.

Bonus Picks by Mitch Lamb


#7 ELIZABEEL (A) (Current Odds: 3/1)

Jockey: Robbie Dolan

I love to see progression in a two year old when we get to witness them at the barrier trials prior to their first start, and all this filly has done is make progress. She’s always trialed well, and usually those trials have contained some well performed juveniles in them, but she’d had a bit of difficulty settling during the run, quite often pulling and doing some small things wrong. But I think we’ve seen her turn a corner in that regard at her latest effort at the Kensington circuit, when she was fairly away from the inside gate, shaken up to hold the lead, and then she come back underneath her rider, before hardly being asked for an effort in the straight to win easily, against a proven stakes class filly in Stellar Pauline – I was very impressed and walked away thinking she was ready for raceday now. So, here she is, in a midweek maiden, and there’s a couple here that have got ability, so it’s a bit of a test for her. But, as far as upside goes, this filly has got them covered, and if she can just be on her best behavior and continue to progress, I can’t see them beating her, and I’m positive it won’t be long before she’s racing in better company than this.


#10 INSTANT ATTRACTION (Current Odds: 3/1)

Jockey: Brenton Avdulla

Beautifully bred daughter of Redoute’s Choice from an outstanding family that includes her three-quarter brother and star stallion Not A Single Doubt, as well as the likes of 2018 G1 Flight Stakes winner Oohood and last Saturday’s G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes hero King’s Legacy. This girl has definitely inherited a snippet of the family’s ability, and in her last prep she showed that with three very good efforts, including a maiden win. She returned to the track at Newcastle last month where she lined up as an even money favorite, but, after having a good run in transit, she was knocked sideways when looking to make her run in the straight, and although I don’t think she would have won, she certainly would have finished closer. She’ll be fitter for that effort, she gets the blinkers on now for the first time, and I think we’ll see a much improved filly. I think she’ll get to at least Saturday grade eventually and a win here will have her trending in the right direction.