Racing was at Randwick on Saturday April 15 and there were plenty of impressive performances throughout the day.
We have looked through the runs of the winners and the also-rans and picked out three to follow, as the feature race action heads north in the coming weeks for the Queensland carnival.
RANDWICK Race 3 - FRANK PACKER PLATE (2000 METRES)- Mongolian Wolf
One of the big winners earlier on at Randwick was the Darren Weir-trained Mongolian Wolf, who toyed with his rivals in taking out the Frank Packer Plate (2000m) for the three-year-olds. This race has been a great lead up over the years for the upcoming Queensland Derby (2400m) and this guy looks a great proposition for some of the upcoming features for his age group in the sunshine state. After finishing unplaced in the NZ Derby (2400m) behind Gingernuts, the son of Pluck was sent to the Weir stables from Murray Baker and impressed at his Australian debut. He settled in a midfield position and despite tending to shift in the straight, he was too good for his rivals. Keep an eye out for him in the coming months.
RANDWICK Race 7 - ALL AGED STAKES (1400 METRES)- McCreery
The feature of the day was the All Aged Stakes (1400m) and it was a win for the Michael Moroney-Trained Tivaci. The four-year-old broke through for his first Group 1 win and is an obvious blackbooker out of this, as is the 4th placegetter, McCreery. After settling at the back of the field, the Chris Waller-trained McCreery stormed home to finish on the heels of the placegetters and may have finished a little closer were it not for some interference in the closing stages. He looks a perfect candidate for a freshen up and a tilt at a race such as the Strdabroke (1400m) in June.
RANDWICK Race 9 - THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TROPHY (1400 METRES)- Ruling Dynasty
The last event of the day was a Benchmark 100, which was taken out by Kellyville Flyer. One that was jumping out of the ground towards the end of the 1400m race was the James Cummings-trained Ruling Dynasty, who flashed home to finish 5th over the unsuitable distance. The five-year-old, who is better known for his efforts over longer distances, was sent out a $51 chance and on a day that didn't suit those that were back in the field, his effort to run from last at the 400m to finish two lengths behind the winner was pretty good. The son of Medaglia D'Oro comes off a 2016 campaign where he failed to fire but showed plenty of promise the year prior, competing well in the major races as a three-year-old before taking out the Tatts Cup (2400m) at Randwick. It will be interesting to see if he can improve from the run on Saturday. If all goes well, a win should be within his grasp.