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The 100 Unit Plan - Randwick April 21

The party might be over in Sydney but the quality racing hasn't finished. Featuring two Group 1s and a bunch of Group 3 races, it's a card worth analysing closely - who's on the way up, and who's going to the well one time too many?
Matthew Baird, @mattyb1819, returns with his advice on how to spend 100 units on Randwick this Saturday.

The Championships have ended but the autumn carnival still has one great day left in it. The racing returns to Randwick for the third week in succession and the rail comes out a further 3 metres this week to the 6 metre position. Sydney looks to have thrown another week of super weather and we should be racing on a Good track again this weekend. Commendations must go to track manager Navesh Ramdani and his staff for the way Randwick has played over the past fortnight. He hasn’t been given a fair crack at it over recent seasons with Sydney’s autumn carnival being heavily rain effected. I expect we are met with…
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The 100 Unit Day - Randwick, The Championships Day 2

After an impressive debut last week with his first 100 Unit column, Matt Baird is back for a look at Day 2 of The Championships.


As we return to Randwick for Day 2 of The Championships an air of inevitability and excitement comes with it. The great mare Winx heads to the feature race of the day, The Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m. The race has seen a significant increase in prizemoney over recent years as the Australian Turf Club attempts to make this the jewel in The Championships crown. Winx looks to join the immortal Black Caviar in winning 25 in a row here and although she isn’t much of a betting proposition she unites all racing fans.
Looking to build off last week’s +31.4 units(based on NSW Tote returns), we head to Randwick in front after a very tough Day 1. With four Group 1 races on the card and the culmination of The Provincial Championship series we have a meeting every bit as exciting as Day 1. Sensational Sydney weather should see us race o…

Inglis Sire Produce preview

Day 1 of The Championships at Randwick delivers four cracking Group 1s but it's the juvenile contest, the Sires Produce, that has taken the fancy of Joshua Reed this week. Read more of his work at @joshuareed22.
Inglis Sires Produce G1, 1400m, AU$1,000,000 Randwick, Saturday April 7 1430 local, 0530 BST
The Group One Inglis Sires Produce for 2018 features a decent field of 15, which gives the two year  olds a chance to show their talents over the 1400m. Some of these runners are coming through the hotly contested Golden Slipper. 
Golden Slipper-placed Oohood is looking to come and break her maiden status here and will get every chance but faces stiff competition in fellow Golden Slipper competitors Long Leaf and Seabrook. One of Godolphin’s stars in Encryption looks to make his mark over the 1400m and tough runners Not A Single Cent, Tchaikovsky, Ringerdingding and Adana look to surprise their opposition with an ambush attack.

Before we plunge into the…

The 100 Unit Day - Randwick, The Championships Day 1

Something different for the blog this week, new contributor Matt Baird starts a new article analysing how to spend a 100 unit punting bank over the course of a day. First target, Day 1 of The Championships.
You can follow Matt on @Mattyb1819.
The Sydney Autumn carnival takes us to Randwick on Saturday for Doncaster Day and what a cracking day we have ahead of ourselves here. We find ourselves with a dry deck and the rail in the true, as such I am expecting a significant advantage to runners on the speed here. In recent years Randwick has had rain-affected conditions for The Championships so it will be good to see what impact a fantastic forecast has off the track as well. These two days are really building in their importance to the racing landscape in this country and the prizemoney on offer continues to grow.
Like most grand final race days, you do get a lot of exposed form coming into today with runners having had multiple runs into their preparations. In …

Dubai World Cup preview

Arrogate did it last year, controversially winning Horse of the Year for a performance that was the last time he won a race. An obscene amount of money for a surface almost exclusive to one continent, this year's edition has attracted a couple of European turf horses as well.
Tasked with previewing the world's richest non-buy-in-invitational race is regular international racing aficionado Luke Humphreys, @WorldRacingLuke.

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1 Awardee (66/1): Fifth here 12 months ago ten and a half lengths behind Arrogate. Didn’t have much luck in the Japanese trial for this at G1 level last time, unlikely to be good enough however.
2 North America (8/1): Won the principal trial race for this at G1 level over the C&D three weaks ago easily. This is much tougher and I don’t like tipping local form throughout the Car…