Najoom conqueror Bonete well backed for benchmark 75 at Randwick

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There has been only one horse to defeat the Gai Waterhouse-trained Najoom and that happened at Canterbury in April when Bonete caused the upset.

The Joe Pride-trained runner will start in a benchmark 75 at Randwick this Saturday and the expected wet conditions will suit.

The result over Najoom was a surprise to many, including Pride, but he attributed the wet track as the reason why it ran so well.

“I’m still not sure what to make of that race,” Pride said.

“I’d like to believe what I saw that day.

“She definitely likes that sort of ground.”

Bonete is currently the $3.20 favourite at Sportsbet.com.au for the Tab Rewards Handicap over 1000 metres and the track is expected to be heavy again.

It will carry only 54kg with Glyn Schofield in the saddle and although the race looks suitable, Pride is concerned about coming off a trip to Doomben where it finished midfield in the Listed Bright Shadow Stakes.

“It’s a bit of a task taking them away and then bringing them back, always a risk,” Pride said. “She tried hard but the Doomben track was too firm for her.

“She’s shown she loves a wet track but she’s had a pretty extensive prep so far so I’m not sure how far we’ll get.”

Najoom is the current favourite for the final Group 1 of the season – the Tatts Tiara, despite being on the ballot.

The daughter of Northern Meteor has shown slick sprinting skills in its limited career and it looks a very strong chance if it makes the field.

Phelan Ready’s brother ready for debut at Moonee Valley

Limbo Star makes its debut at Moonee Valley this Saturday and the brother of Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready is already showing similar traits.

Like it’s famous brother, the Wez Hunter-trained runner has shown a liking for wet tracks during its two-year-old preparation and there is a buzz surrounding its race day debut at Moonee Valley in the Silver Thomas Hanley over 1200 metres on Saturday.

“He’s definitely shown a liking for the softer tracks,” Hunter said. “Phelan Ready appreciated the wet as well. It was an absolute bog when he won the Golden Slipper.

“His [Limbo Star] trials have been nice on those wet tracks but he’s a horse that has taken a bit of time to mature mentally and that’s why he hasn’t got to the races yet.

“I’m sure soft tracks will be his go so hopefully we’ll get a few runs out of him now and then tip him out.”

The son of More Than Ready had a jumpout at Balnarring before going to Mornington where it finished second behind subsequent debut winner Sky Dazzle.

“He’s learned as much as he can at the trials and it’s time to go to the races and have a race,” Hunter said. “I would say he’s got above average ability but it’s just a case of he still does a few things wrong.

“I’m not going there expecting to win but I’m going there expecting him to run well and to improve a lot out of it.”

The bookmakers aren’t overly keen and have it as a $17 chance with CrownBet.com.au.

Wet track hopeful to run at Randwick

Another wet-tracker will run this Saturday as the Kevin Moses-trained My Sabeel lines up in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap at Randwick.

My Sabeel last ran on a heavy track 10 months ago and it showed why punters love betting on it when the heavens open. It won by 4.5 lengths in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality and it’s fair to say the handicap conditions will suit this Saturday.

Rain is expected to fall during the week and the reading showed a heavy 9 at Randwick on Wednesday. Moses knows he needs a heavy track for his runner to show its best, but acknowledged other factors as well.

“I think the way she is ridden is important, the other day she led which is something I don’t want her to do because she works herself too hard,” Moses said.

“She’s dropping right back in grade and I think she’ll run well.

“She rarely draws a good barrier but she’s come up with two on Saturday which is a bonus.

“I’m happy with her.”

Koby Jennings will take the ride and claim 3kg off its back. He has ridden My Sabeel on three occasions for a first, third and fourth.

Sportsbet.com.au is offering $9 on My Sabeel saluting in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap at Randwick.

When backing runners in wet conditions like we will see this Saturday at Randwick, remember to check their wet-track form and be weary of the weight they will have to carry.

Runners with lighter weights find it easier to run in the wet and you often see those right down at the bottom of the page scoring the chocolates.

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