Weighing In with Paul Joice 26-04-2021

Form guru PAUL JOICE assesses the Sydney Saturday meeting and looks ahead to the big meetings coming up.



CLASS rose to the surface at Randwick for All Aged Stakes day. CAPTIVANT holding off HILAL in a thrilling Champagne Stakes whilst weight-for-age stalwart KOLDING nosed out SAVATIANO and CASCADIAN in a rib-tickling finish to the All Aged.



  • PORT LOUIS – Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace’s youngster was backed off the map in the G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m). Settling last from the outside barrier (replay above), the son of Maurice had trouble getting into the clear before charging into fifth place. Surely he would have gone close to winning off a better draw. One to follow.
  • MORE PROPHETS – John Thompson’s exciting mare kicked-off her campaign chasing home a rocket when third behind Lost And Running in the final event of the day over 1200m. Got a long way back, cut the corner and chased strongly. A final 600m split of 33.06 secs suggests the clock matches what the eyes are seeing. In for a big preparation so stick with her.
  • BRANDENBURG – The form guide will read zero zero when John Sargeant’s four-year-old steps out third-up so hopefully we get a price about this two-time G1 placegetter. Has had no luck at either run back from a spell and should improve out of sight. Looked to be travelling sweetly before finding all sorts of strife in the Yarraman Park Handicap (1400m). There are plenty of suitable options coming up so keep your eyes peeled.



  • CASCADIAN – Came oh so close to taking out the Doncaster/All Aged double. Jamie Kah rode the flashy chestnut in similar style to the Doncaster but this time the runs didn’t present themselves when required. Got out late and the son of NEW APPROACH screamed home.
  • MASKED CRUSADER – The wide barrier was always going to make it difficult for this Team Hawkes-trained star and that’s exactly how it panned out. Settling last meant the four-year-old was going to have to reel off some stunning sectionals to catch the leaders. A final 600m of 32.81 secs is certainly a stunning sectional, but it wasn’t enough. Horses can’t run much faster so be forgiving.
  • ZEYREK – There was some serious support for this Team Hawkes-trained import and coming to the turn punters would have been confident as the four-year-old was travelling sweetly. Found traffic into the straight and was forced to change direction, costing him momentum. Meanwhile the backmarkers had charged past and Zeyrek had to settle for fifth – beaten 2.5 lengths.


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THERE were plenty of gun winning rides at ‘headquarters’ with Brenton Avdulla aboard Kolding and James McDonald on Captivant utilising their gun barriers to perfection in taking out the two features. But the award goes to Rachel King for her steer on grey gelding PATHS OF GLORY in the JRA Plate (2000m). Showed patience at a vital stage of the race, found the split and showed plenty of vigour to withstand race favourite ZAAKI. The ride certainly won the race.



TWO TAB punters managed to secure $61 about SENOR TOBA taking out the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) so a big result there. The Big6 on NSW TAB paid a whopping $48,139.80 and wasn’t impossible to find with PATHS OF GLORY, SPLINTEX, CAPTIVANT, KOLDING, ROCHA CLOCK, LOST AND RUNNING getting the job done.



  • PRAGUE - $26 into $15 for the Doomben 10,000.
  • SPLINTEX - $26 into $15 for the Doomben 10,000.
  • SENOR TOBA - $11 into $8 for the Queensland Derby.


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1-THE Snowden stable went back-to-back in the Champagne Stakes with Captivant after KING’S LEGACY winning last year. Peter Snowden has now trained five of the past 11 Champagne Stakes winners. Can you name the other three?

2-CHRIS Waller claimed his second All Aged Stakes with the success of Kolding. Can you name his other All Aged Stakes winner?




TWO big name suspensions came out of the Randwick meeting with Hugh Bowman and James McDonald copping time. Bowman will be out for 18 days, commencing May 2, for causing interference aboard Senor Toba in the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) whilst McDonald caused interference in the TAB Highway aboard HEAD START and will miss next Saturday as part of a nine-day suspension.



THE Randwick track was outstanding with the rail out six metres. Winners came from everywhere and times reflected a Good 4 rating.



HAWKESBURY holds centre stage next Saturday with four stakes races amongst a nine-race program. The Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m), Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) and Hawkesbury Gold Rush (1100m) will provide punters with an abundance of quality racing.



1-Guelph (2013), Helmet (2011), Skilled (2010)

2-Danleigh (2009)


Paul Joice can be seen on Sky Thoroughbred Central and the Sky Racing Active app throughout the week. Catch Paul on Tuesday Formline Extra, metropolitan racing Wednesday, Formline and Blackbookers on Thursday’s, with all of his tips available via the Sky Racing website and the TAB App.

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