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January 21, 2016

Royal Randwick will see the return of Black Type racing to the nine race card this Saturday, 23 January.

The Summer Super Saver will be available for purchase where for a $20 ticket, racegoers will receive $45 worth of value including entry to the racecourse, one standard drink, one Vili’s pie, a $5 TAB voucher and free entry to any other summer race day on the calendar.

Australian Turf Club Chief Operating Officer Tony Partridge said that with black type racing returning to the Saturday fixture, racegoers will start to see the Sydney Autumn Carnival contenders begin their campaign to Group 1 riches.

“While excitement mounts as the Sydney Autumn Carnival approaches, many recognise that it is the lead up races which play a big part in shaping the ‘glamour’ events of the Sydney autumn,’’ said Mr Partridge.

“In the coming weeks we will see races that have traditionally been dominated by Carnival champions which will prove to be not only great racing for spectators, but will serve as a valuable form guide for punters.”

On the track, an exhibition gallop by Gai Waterhouse-trained star three-year-olds English (Blake Shinn) and Raphael’s Cat (Tommy Berry) will take place over 1000m following the running of the first race.

Ruling Dynasty (Tommy Berry) for James Cummings will also run in an exhibition gallop following Race 2 over 1200m.

The racing is headlined by the $150,000 Listed Tattersalls Club Carrington Stakes where a field of seven will face the starter.

Medcaut for John O’Shea has opened as the short priced $2.80 TAB Fixed Odds favourite following back-to-back wins. Proven over the distance, the five-year-old will leave from gate 1 with James McDonald.

Chris Waller’s You’ll Never ($4.80 TAB Fixed Odds) closely follows on the second line of betting. The well-bred Commands gelding will return to racing following a five month spell and with a strong record first up, will be worthy competition.

Felines ($2.80 TAB Fixed Odds) for Kris Lees will return to her preferred distance of 1000m in the $85,000 McGrath Estate Agents Handicap. The four-year-old mare has been successful on four occasions over five furlongs including her run on 5 December at Royal Randwick.

Stablemate Raido has also been shown support by punters and has opened at $3.50 with TAB Fixed Odds after two successive second placings from two starts this preparation.

Four-year-old Rose of Man ($7.00 TAB Fixed Odds) from Terry Robinson’s stable will be another to watch and will be looking to secure back-to-back wins when he lines up this run.

The $85,000 Hyland Race Colours Handicap has top weight (61kgs) Another Cocktail ($3.00 TAB Fixed Odds) the preferred runner of 11 despite having only two Australian starts since joining Chris Waller Racing last year.

Although Game Pie ran a forgettable ninth place last start, punters have acknowledged the Kris Lees-trained entire’s previous form of two wins and two places from seven career starts and has opened at $4.00 TAB Fixed Odds.

Gates Open at 11.30am with the first race at 12.40pm.

Royal Randwick offers a bus service running from Eddy Avenue directly to the course, with return services later in the day.

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