By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Wednesday’s Kensington meeting at Randwick. Selections based on a soft track.
|Race 1 – 1:35PM TAB VENUE MODE PLATE (1400 METRES)|
11. Fayerra has form around some of the leading Golden Slipper hopes, and not just form she’s run well in finishing fourth in both the Silver Slipper and Reisling. Should have finished a bit closer in the latter and has barrier one and blinkers back to a maiden. Entitled to go close.
Dangers: 13. Rock My Wand might have run third in a field of five at Newcastle last time but she was strong late and the winner there was Thermosphere. Shapes as though 1400m will suit and has to be a good each-way chance. 2. Cultural Amnesia comes through the same race where he finished second and was only narrowly beaten. A horse on the up and doesn’t have to improve a lot to be a threat, might just need some luck from the barrier. 12. Lady Of Luxury wasn't disgraced in the Black Opal and this is obviously a bit easier. Debut effort at Canberra was sound so keep in mind.
How to play it: Fayerra WIN ($2.30 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Fayerra runs fourth at Randwick on March 7
|Race 2 – 2.10PM VINERY STALLIONS HANDICAP (1550 METRES)|
2. Dancing Gidget had no chance the way the race was run here two weeks ago and she didn’t do a bad job to run fifth beaten two lengths. Possibly another slowly run race but blinkers on and this looks very winnable.
Dangers: 5. La Tigresa reacted well to blinkers going on by racing handy and fighting on to run third at Warwick Farm last week. Drawn well again she can put herself in the race, definitely a good each-way chance. 1. Significance had good support first-up for 11 months at Kembla and fought on well to run second. Will strip much fitter for that run, Tom Marquand is a plus, and expect him to be competitive. 6. Toffee Tongue contested the same race as Dancing Gidget and found the line pretty well into second though safely held. Has been reasonably firm in both runs back and not overlooking her just yet.
How to play it: Dancing Gidget WIN ($3.80 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Dancing Gidget’s last start at Kensington on March 4
|Race 3 – 2:45PM HYLAND RACE COLOURS PLATE (1100 METRES)|
1. Blueant has found a suitable race for his debut on the back of a couple of handy trial wins. Impressive on the grass at Hawkesbury then not bad on the synthetic at the Farm last time. Probably presses forward from the wide gate and with even luck can make his presence felt.
Dangers: 5. Duenna is another trialling very well heading into this campaign and it’ll be interesting to see if she’s improved with the break. Fair to say she had her chance to break through a couple of times last prep but in this field has to be respected. 4. North Trek bumped into what might be a handy one last time at Moonee Valley but at the same time he had his chance to win. Blinkers and Nash Rawiller go on so worth respecting. 3. Magnate is back as a gelding and he hasn’t trialled ahead of this return. Worked home without threatening at his last run before a break, 1100m might be a bit sharp but should be running on strongly.
How to play it: Blueant E/W ($5.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Blueant wins a trial at Warwick Farm on March 8
|Race 4 – 3:20PM LONHRO @ DARLEY HANDICAP (1550 METRES)|
6. Zebrowski is a promising horse coming off a soft maiden win at Newcastle first-up since a respectable effort in the Bondi Stakes. Soft no worry, drawn nicely and extra trip looks ideal. Has to make the leap in class but looks up to it.
Dangers: 7. Austria has found ways to get beaten in her 15 starts, with just one win, but she’s been quite unlucky at her last couple so not prepared to write her off here. The wide gate might suit, she could get to the outside and run on unimpeded. If that happens she can fire. 5. All Time Legend bounced back from a disappointing debut to post a dominant win at Kembla, beating Significance, up to 1400m. Will race on the pace here and, like Zebrowski, has plenty of upside. Definite chance. 4. Aristograts is racing well of late and just failed to put the race away at Canterbury last time when he hit the front. Drawn well again and only has to hold form to be in the finish.
How to play it: Zebrowski WIN ($2.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Zebrowski wins at Newcastle on March 6
|Race 5 – 3:55PM VALE TREVOR STUCKEY HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
5. Revenire is racing quite well of late without winning, he hit the line nicely two starts back then close up in a solid enough field at Canterbury at the last night meeting. James McDonald back on, drawn one, open race, good each-way chance.
Dangers: 1. Super Ex looked to have his chance on face value first-up but his fresh record is patchy so he’s open to some improvement. Drawn out but goes forward and he’s well worth another chance. 6. Covert Ops is a different horse since he’s been gelded and this will be a good test of his new found resolve. Dominant in two wins over 900m at Newcastle and has to go to 1100m now off a wide gate. Can win if he gets the breaks he needs. 10. Indy Car showed plenty of promise last time in winning on debut then catching the eye at start two at Rosehill. In Group 3 company before a spell so overlook that. Trialling against older horses and quietly so no real guide there. Keep safe.
How to play it: Revenire E/W ($9.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Revenire runs fourth at Canterbury on February 28
|Race 6 – 4:30PM HEINEKEN 3 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)|
7. Grand Piano is another of these lightly raced, promising, horses and he resumed with a very strong win over 1100m at this track two weeks ago running easily the fastest last 600m of 34.85 (Punter's Intelligence). The 1400m isn’t a concern, he won second-up last prep and he’s drawn well. Good chance to double up.
Dangers: 6. Nicochet backs up after having no luck at all at Warwick Farm last week. Not sure where he would have finished but closer than seventh that’s for sure. Gets JMac this time and he’s more than good enough if the luck goes his way – which is doesn’t always. 8. Healing Hands has won five from seven so has to be respected coming to town after winning the Central Districts Qualifier at Mudgee recently. Only failure was when he bled in a Highway and has won three straight since. Definite chance. 9. Pinvincible is unbeaten in three starts so commands some respect on that alone. Arrived just in time at Canterbury a month ago and goes to 1400m for his first run for the new stable. Rather include than dismiss.
How to play it: Grand Piano WIN ($2.80 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Grand Piano wins at Kensington on March 4
|Race 7 – 5:05PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1800 METRES)|
5. Nimalee is an up and coming filly who looked very strong when challenged in a similar race two weeks ago, and she rose to the occasion. Only up 1kg against fairly similar opposition whose measure she had last time. Hard to beat again.
Dangers: 4. Newtown Bluebag is a consistent performer at this level and he’s tried very hard his last few at Canterbury to be in the finish each time. Possibly a little more depth in this race than last time but a good each-way chance at odds. 1. Costello just can’t buy a win at the moment with three seconds from as many starts this time in. Down in grade but penalised at the weights and drawn wide. It’ll take a good ride from Nash but if he gets the luck he’s good enough to win. 7. Shadow Flight meets Nimalee better at the weights for running second when they clashed two weeks ago. Not sure he has the same upside but he is thereabouts of late and if that’s the right form then he has to be considered.
How to play it: Nimalee WIN ($3.10 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Nimalee wins at Kensington on March 4
|Race 8 – 5:40PM TAB HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
2. Super Oasis beat a subsequent winner first-up then not disgraced despite being beaten favourite at Canterbury last time. Easy trial since then and she’s drawn to get every chance.
Dangers: 1. Saas Fee was outclassed at Group 1 level first-up but at the same didn’t have an easy run. Did nothing wrong prior and back to midweek company with a favourable gate and a claim has to be an improver. 3. My Demetra won her first two starts last time in at the provincials then measured up as she climbed the grades. Trialled well enough, races forward and could give a good sight. 4. Unguarded has a good record at this track and showed a return to form hitting the line well into fourth at Canterbury a few weeks back. 15. Dazzling Damsel is lightly raced and worth including in the quaddie first-up since a couple of even efforts in midweek company, and did beat Mizzy in a recent trial.
How to play it: Super Oasis E/W ($5.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Super Oasis runs fourth at Canterbury on February 21