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Cloud of Doubt Over Te Akau Randwick Runners

Friday, 20th September 2019

Torrential rain in Sydney has put doubts over whether trainer Jamie Richards will start quality gallopers Probabeel and Avantage in their respective races at Randwick on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Matamata horseman has flown over to Sydney where he will keep a close eye on track conditions (rated a Heavy 9 on Thursday) before making a final decision on whether they will start this weekend. Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) winner Probabeel is entered for the Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and Richards said he was happy enough with her first-up fourth-placing in the Gr2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. “I thought her first-up run was really nice over 1200m, which is short of her best,” he said. “I thought she kept up a good gallop and didn’t lose any ground. She heads to the Tea Rose, it’s very testing ground, so we are just going to have a look at her today (Thursday) and tomorrow before we decide what we are going to do. Richards is also set to line-up quality mare Avantage in the Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) after her first-up runner-up performance at Ruakaka last month. “She goes into the race in good order,” said Richards, but again it’s a heavy track so we will just have to wait and see.”


Avantage impressed last time in Sydney (pic: Steve Hart)
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