Racing preview (April 19): Williams in race against time to retain Sydney Cup ride

Updated: April 18, 2017

It’s good tracks across the board for today’s midweek program while from the news desk, Craig Williams (pictured below) will need to have his suspension reduced to take the ride on Sydney Cup favourite Big Duke at Randwick on Saturday; overall record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 514-75-831, +194.8 units


Craig Williams is set to miss the ride on Sydney Cup favourite Big Duke in the $2 million race at Randwick after being suspended for careless riding at Sandown. Williams was outed for eight meetings on Monday after pleading guilty to a careless riding charge stemming from his win on Lopartega in the sixth event on the card. Stewards ruled Williams’ carelessness, in shifting out at 400m mark when insufficiently clear of Dwayne Dunn’s mount Rocbolt, fell into the low range but his eight-meeting penalty still rules him out of racing this Saturday (more here).

• Racing Queensland is aiming to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help trainers who have been hard-hit by the recent floods. Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath dumped a large amount of rain from north Queensland to the NSW border and many racing centres have been hit hard. More than 200 trainers have been affected. The special fund is aimed at helping trainers who have additional animal welfare, care and transportation costs. The Animal Welfare and Training Assistance Fund, for all codes, was started by RQ with an initial contribution of $20,000 (more here).

• The recently formed Goulburn-based training partnership of twins Lucy and Emma Longmire hasn’t taken long to pay immediate dividends. Over the weekend the sisters completed a rare training feat by winning separate races at two different race meetings in the South East and Illawarra region. On Saturday their up and coming stayer Bramwell took out the last event at Kembla Grange ensuring the trip back down the highway was a happy one. Less than twenty-four hours later they backed that up with a win at Nowra on Sunday with their lightly raced “problem child” Ribs (more here).


Today’s racing: Wyong (NSW – good 4), Ipswich (Qld – good 4), Murray Bridge (SA – good 3), Bendigo (Vic – good 4), Pinjarra (WA – good 4). Harness racing: Bathurst (NSW), Redcliffe (Qld), Ballarat (Vic). Greyhound racing: The Meadows (Vic), Angle Park (SA), Ballarat (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Albion Park (Qld), Warrnambool (Vic), Ipswich (Qld), Cranbourne (Vic), Wentworth Park (NSW), Cannington (WA).


Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Bendigo R6 #11 Zamzam (win)
Bendigo R7 #3 Orient Line (win)
Wyong R5 #1 Medlyn (win)
Wyong R8 #8 Tswalu (win)
Ipswich R2 #7 Wicked Queen (win)
Ipswich R3 #3 Pinolino (win)
Ipswich R8 #2 Invincible Express (win)
Murray Bridge R6 #1 Waging War (win)


Monday’s results: 3-0-5, +0.8 units

Sandown R2 #1 Soju Warrior (win) LOSE (U/P)
Sandown R6 #9 Chloe’s Comet (win) LOSE (U/P)
Canterbury R2 #13 Envy Of All (win) LOSE (2nd)
Canterbury R3 #12 Slow Burn (win) 1st ($3.40)
Canterbury R4 #7 In Times of War (win) LOSE (2nd)
Oakbank R3 #1 Angelology (win) 1st ($2.70)
Warwick R1 #1 Pardoe (win) 1st ($2.70)
York R4 #8 Cyberspace (win) LOSE (U/P)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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