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Boxing Day Racing Previews and Tips – Guide to Boxing Day's racing at Randwick, Gold Coast and Caulfield

Rippa Staff 24 Dec 2015
  • Boxing Day racing previews
  • Guide to Randwick, Gold Coast and Caulfield
Randwick racing

Saturday's Boxing Day racing comes at Randwick, Gold Coast and Caulfield and we've previewed all the big race action.


Royal Randwick Racecourse will host a nine-race programme on Boxing Day and there are a few gallopers that stand out as great winning chances.

Here are the four best Randwick chances for Boxing Day:

Race 4 - TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1600m) 2:30pm

We’ll be hoping to kick off with a massive win here and this horse looks way over the odds at 50/1. The rock-hard-fit Pera Pera is the race favourite at $3.50 and SWIVET finished 4.4 lengths behind him when first-up this campaign. Swivet has a poor first-up record but has placed in both second-up runs. Swivet also meets Pera Pera 5kg better at the weights and gets in with a featherweight 51.5kg, making him the lightest weighted horse in the field by 2.5kg. He won his only start at the distance, and although it was only a maiden, his first-up run says he’s improved by a mile and he can really surprise a few here with a bit of luck from the wide barrier.


This race looks a battle in two with Moral Victory trying to lead all the way while TELEPATHIC will be charging home late. Moral Victory nearly pinched the Villiers Stakes but got tired in the last 100m and that run may have taken a bit out of him. Telepathic on the other hand didn’t have a lot of luck from barrier 18 and can get a softer run her from gate 7 before making his move on the home turn.

Race 7 - CANTERBURY CLASSIC (1200m) 4:25pm

Although I loaded up on Dublin Lass last start, I was lucky enough to have $20 each-way on CRADLE ME at $71 and I think she can do it again. Her best effort last campaign was when third-up from a spell, and if she can do the same this preparation, she looks a massive chance of causing an upset again at good odds. A better barrier will have her in the prime position, and if she lets down strongly again in a small field, it’s hard to not see her being in the money. Back each-way for security!


Rule The River is an exciting commodity but I’m concerned that Jason Collett, who has been aboard for two of his past three wins, has jumped ship and is riding the David Payne-trained BOLD CIRCLE. The only time this campaign that Collett didn’t ride Rule The River was when trainer James Cummings was using Regan Bayliss’ claim, so without knowing why Collett isn’t aboard this time when there is no apprentice advantage, I’m assuming Collett likes the chances of Bold Circle. Sometimes in racing we have to look beyond the form and make a judgement call and that’s exactly what this is. Having said that, Bold Circle finished 3rd to Fell Swoop and Inz’n’out when first-up last campaign on a Soft track, and that gives me some confidence here. Back each-way!


Queensland's best voice of racing Alan Thomas retires after the last on Saturday and, to mark the occasion, he's bringing his binoculars and microphone into the crowd. The last race of the day, he will call with the public all around him.

Here are the two best Gold Coast chances for Boxing Day on Thomas' farewell:

Race 4 - B.J. MCLACHLAN STAKES (1200m) 1.39pm  

What a brilliant gathering of fresh-faced, super talented youngsters. Saying that, I believe two stand out head and shoulders above the rest and the Boxed Exacta bet is great value. SUNDANCE and Slumber Party should fight this out. Gai Waterhouse has high hopes for her talented, well-bred filly Slumber Party, and from this gate (she'll ping from the rails) Slumber Party should lead easily. She'll have to rally in the straight because this big bloke Sundance, trained by Toby Edmunds at the track, is very, very smart. He has improved a great deal since his last start win, and with his powerful finishing burst, can grab her right on the line.

Race 5 -  HEAT # 8 ORIGIN JOCKEY SERIES - PRESENTED BY UBET OPEN Handicap (1800m) 2.17pm

Off her last start, nothing will be beating the mare TINTO in this. I know she has a big weight and she died on her run last start in the Group 2 Villiers at Randwick over 1600m, but man, oh man, this is many lengths inferior. Mares in form hold it and when their confidence is up they fly. I suspect that happens here.


Caulfield Racecourse is set to host a mammoth 10-race programme on Boxing Day and there are winners there for the picking.

Here are the five best Caulfield chances for Boxing Day:

Race 3 - ALLAN WICKS HANDICAP (2000m) 1:36pm

Gee! Darren Weir has really got PORTE COCHERE flying this campaign and after collecting on her at her past two starts, I’m not jumping ship just yet. The daughter of Bianconi stepped up from a BM64 win over 1600m and then never looked in doubt when scoring in a BM84 over 2040m. She rises slightly in grad again and drops 1kg but it’s hard to knock a mare in form and I think Caulfield will suit her racing style better than any track she has raced on to date.

Race 4 - KEN STURT HANDICAP (1400m) 2:11pm

With a few top chances being drawn wide here, it really opens up the door for the in-form MARLI MAGIC to go back-to-back. She led all the way last time over 1500m with 53kg in this grade and now looks perfectly suited dropping back to 1400m with just 52kg. She peaked when fourth-up from a spell last campaign and looks set to do the same on Saturday. Danestroem should lead this field with Marli Magic on his outside. With 6kg difference between them, I can see Marli Magic storming to the lead and holding on from the chasers.

Race 6 - FRANK O'BRIEN HANDICAP (1200m) 3:25pm

BADAJOZ felt the big weight (60kg) last time and that contributed to him laying in down the Flemington straight. The winner of that event, Tyrannize, carried just 56kg and now has to carry 59.5kg while Badajoz gets in with 57kg after the 3kg claim – 6.5kg turnaround is massive. Badajoz has drawn wide and will need a bit of luck, but he’s rock-hard-fit now and will be storming down the outside in the straight.

Race 7 - CAPE GRIM BEEF HANDICAP (1800m) 4:05pm

I simply can’t believe FIREHOUSE ROCK has come up at $19 in this race. This horse grows a leg at Caulfield and hasn’t missed a place in six runs at the track. Yes, he’s drawn wide and has to carry 60kg, but he’s down in grade from his last run and just take him on trust at Caulfield – each-way looks the go.


VOLCANIC ASH is my special of the day and just looks so well placed I can’t help but have a big go at this one. He is unbeaten in two starts at Caulfield, has won three and placed once from five starts at the distance and looks ready to perform now after two runs this campaign. He carried 59kg last start and worked home well but now drops to 54kg after Michael Dee’s 2kg claim. Can’t wait for this one!


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