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Randwick’s star trackworkers on Tuesday


BLACKCAVIARandwick clocker Craig Tompson has identified two horses that will prove hard to beat on Saturday after stirring gallops at Randwick on Tuesday morning.

The star of the show was the John Wallace-trained Shootout ahead of a start in the Group I All Aged Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

Last Season’s AJC Australian Derby winner worked on the dirt over 1000 metres and carved out a sharp 1.02.9, running his last 600 metres in 34.7 seconds with the last 200 metres covered in 11.1 seconds.

“Brilliant, stunning work,” Tompson said.

“He did the same thing before the T J Smith and he never really fired there but it was a strange sort of race because they were all riding to beat Black Caviar.

“I think up to 1400 metres at weight-for-age will suit him.

“I’ll be giving him another chance and he’s the horse I want to be on.”

Meanwhile Grahame Begg will be hoping that the rain doesn’t ruin Palacio De Cristal’s plans for the second week in a row after she produced the best work of her campaign on the dirt track.

Palacio De Cristal also worked over 1000 metres and ran 1.05.3 with her last 600 metres run in 35.60, and the last furlong in 11.4 seconds.

“Like Shootout she worked brilliant, brilliant,” Tompson said.

“She just needs a dry track and she’ll put herself into anything the way she’s going.

“The last two weeks she’s really peaked.

“Grahame would have been pulling his hair out last Saturday morning when the rain came but it might be a blessing in disguise the way she worked this morning.

“I reckon it’s the best she’s worked this prep so he’s got her pretty spot on.”

Palacio De Cristal is entered for the Group I Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and the Group II Emancipation Stakes (1600m) on Saturday. Begg said he would decide later in the day which race the mare would contest.