Dream showdown could just be the highlight
THE Sedanzer-Dreamforce clash is vying for race of the day status on the Villiers Stakes program at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
This duo are two of Sydney's in-form gallopers and their showdown is set for the Right2Drive Handicap (1600m).
Their contrasting racing styles only make this race more intriguing. Sedanzer settles back in her races but she possesses and electrifying finishing sprint which has swept her to brilliant wins in both starts this campaign.
Dreamforce likes to lead and control the race tempo. When he can dictate, he can make a mess of his rivals like his last start Rosehill win.
But the barrier draw might have tipped the balance Sedanzer's way. She will come out of barrier eight while Dreamforce may need to work hard early to get across from gate 14 and take up his favoured frontrunning role.
Adrian Bott, trainer of Sedanzer, is confident his mare can complete her hat-trick of wins today but he is very wary of Dreamforce.
"Dreamforce is in good form and he is the obvious danger,'' Bott said.
"But Sedanzer has really strengthened up this campaign and of all the horses at Tulloch Lodge, she is the one that has impressed me most since my return (from an overseas honeymoon earlier this week). She is thriving and just looks so well.''
Sedanzer, the $3.40 TAB Fixed Odds favourite ahead of Dreamforce ($4), has scored impressive Rosehill wins over 1400m and 1500m but she will appreciate the Randwick 1600m today.
"This is a mare racing with a lot of confidence,'' Bott said.
"We are taking her through the grades and this is a nice race for her but the main aim is the Belle of the Turf Stakes at Gosford in two weeks.
"The way she has been winning, she has been winning with authority and is on an upward spiral, she will hold her own in open company.''
Bott will saddle up Let Me Sleep On It in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) after having to withdraw first starter Wimlah on veterinary advice late on Friday.
"Let Me Sleep On It has that race experience,'' Bott said.
"This gives her a significant advantage and she has trained on really well since her unlucky second at Gosford. Not a lot went right for her that day and it was a really tough effort.
"She was caught wide on the speed on a tight track and stuck on very gamely. There is a lot to like about her.''
Meanwhile, Jason Coyle believes a return to Randwick will help Salsonic's bid to cause an upset in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes.
"The tempo looks good on paper but the biggest thing is going from Rosehill to Randwick," Coyle said.
"It's a massive difference going to a bigger track and as long as there's a genuine tempo throughout it gives everyone a chance."
Coyle said Salsonic had bounced back from a last-start fifth in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) on December 2, when he lost momentum on a soft track behind Testashadow.
"The rain didn't suit him 100 per cent," he said. "On the dry he probably finishes a little bit closer. For a trial leading into your main race, it was a good effort. Hopefully fourth-up and a similar time-frame to the last prep should mean he'll be on his game and cherry ripe for the mile."