Favourite Comin’ Through has remained solid in the betting for the Group 1 $1m Girvan Waugh Randwick Guineas (1600m) and trainer Chris Waller said the colt is ready to go to the next level at Randwick on Saturday.
Randwick Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has Comin’ Trough as the $4.50 favourite ahead of a bunched market order that has another five runners under the $10 mark, Man From Uncle and Inference at $6, Invincible Gem at $7, Prized Icon at $7.50 and Echo Effect at $9.
Comin’ Through’s wet weather form of one win and a third on soft tracks has convinced Waller that the Fastnet Rock colt will handle the very wet conditions with the Randwick track on Friday morning rated a heavy 9 after receiving over 106mm of rain in the last seven days.
“He has had two runs on soft tracks, a win and a personal best last start in terms of form and his rating,” Waller said.
“So that gives me a little bit of confidence to suggest that he should handle the heavy track and he is ready to go to a new level on Saturday.”
Comin’ Through’s chances of handling the wet track conditions are boosted by the fact that he is a half-brother to the multiple Group 1 winner Criterion who won the 2014 Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on a heavy track and the 2015 Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on a soft 7.
Hong Kong’s leading jockey Joao Moreira will be in Sydney to ride Comin’ Through who will jump from barrier three in the field that has been reduced to thirteen runners following the scratching of Land Of Plenty who will line up in the Group 1 $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Waller has described Comin’ Through as a good miler and he will be stepping back up to 1600m in the Randwick Guineas for the first time since winning the Group 3 $200,000 The Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
“Good draw. The horse is ready to run a mile. He looks like a miler, he races like a miler,” Waller said.
Comin’ Through will be fitter for his two runs back in the Autumn after a first up fifth to Man From Uncle in the Group 3 $150,000 Australian Chinese Jockey Club Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 4 followed by a third to the same three year old in the Group 2 $400,000 Schweppes Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 18.