By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Wednesday’s Kensington meeting at Randwick. Selections based on a good to soft track.
|Race 1 – 1:25PM HEINEKEN 3 HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
7. Willowheart looked the goods sitting on the speed and racing clear for a soft trial win on heavy ground recently. There’ll likely be sting out of the track here and she’s drawn to be handy. If she runs up to that trial she’ll be hard to beat.
Dangers: 1. Starla has the exposed form but thought she’s a bit under the odds. She’s been safely held in both first-up runs, which have been her best efforts, but she has trialled okay and drawn to have every chance. 4. Irish Angel made a promising debut then not a factor behind Funstar on a heavy track in June. Merit in her recent trial effort and she should be running on strongly. 2. Diva Bella had a very quiet trial on a heavy track at Rosehill a few weeks ago. Bred to be okay with some give in the ground and has barrier one. Watch betting.
How to play it: Willowheart E/W ($5.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Willowheart wins a trial at Rosehill on September 17
|Race 2 - 2:00PM EXCEED & EXCEL @ DARLEY HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
4. Faretti has a big price tag to live up to so this is an important race for him to win. He’s trialled up very well, just as he did going into his debut in the Silver Slipper where he didn’t relish the conditions, and gets the right run from barrier one. Clearly has the ability and is the one to beat. Read co-trainer Adrian Bott's comments here.
Dangers: 11. Bondi Blue is a big watch first-up here on the back of two very impressive trial performances. His first two race starts didn’t cover him in any glory but he looks a different horse, especially on his latest trial at Randwick where he cruised home four lengths clear. Respect. 7. Ziedrich failed as favourite in heavy ground at Warwick Farm then sent back to the trials and put a decent margin on his rivals from the front. Likely leader here and could take some catching. 1. Axe could have won the trial if desired at Rosehill last week but settled for third. Nash rides him again here and wouldn’t surprise to see him in the finish somewhere.
How to play it: Faretti WIN ($1.90 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Faretti wins his latest trial at Randwick on September 27
|Race 3 – 2.35PM BOWERMANS OFFICE FURNITURE HANDICAP (1550 METRES)|
5. Fastnet Cyclone might be the best each-way hope all day and he’s due for a change of luck after a couple of hidden runs lately. Complete forgive effort at Canterbury two weeks ago where he didn’t get out until it was all over. Handles all conditions and there should be enough speed for him to have his chance.
Dangers: 2. Rancho Notorious has always promised a bit and maybe now he’s putting it together. On the back up after winning last Wednesda6y over 1400m off a wide gate. No reason he can’t go close again. 1. Leningrad probably leads and he’s also backing up after a second over this course behind Miss Einstein last week. Sure to give a good account. 8. Bring The Magic has the ability to be in the finish but her two runs back from a break have been below par. Chance to find some form here.
How to play it: Fastnet Cyclone E/W ($10 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Fastnet Cyclone’s unlucky sixth at Canterbury on September 25
|Race 4 – 3.10PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP (1800 METRES)|
5. Duchess Of Lennox is worth another chance up to a more suitable trip after going under as favourite at Canterbury where she may have been flat second-up. No luck here first-up and now she’s out in distance she can repay the faith.
Dangers: 1. Johnny Vinko did a big job to run down the leader and score at Canterbury at his second run for the new stable. Even better suited up to this distance and he commands plenty of respect. 10. Mocambo will get back and run on and on his day he has a decent turn of foot as he showed winning at Warwick Farm in May. Had his chance second-up but still improving and has a show. 8. Genoveffa wasn't suited to leading last time so forgive that and go on previous consistent form. Each-way chance.
How to play it: Duchess Of Lennox WIN ($2.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Duchess Of Lennox runs fourth at Canterbury on September 25
|Race 5 – 3.45PM SYDNEY ROOSTERS HANDICAP (1400 METRES)|
9. Camp Rifle is the up and comer in the field and is showing plenty of promise, evidenced by his game win at Wyong. Given a very quiet trial since and it appears 1400m will be no issue. Confident he will measure up and be hard to beat.
Dangers: 8. Live The Moment is a little under the radar looking at his two sound efforts from well back at Hawkesbury and over this course last week. Whether barrier one helps him is not certain but with even luck he’s not far off a city win. 7. Kaecilius was probably not suited to leading in the same race last week but he stuck on well when headed at the top of the straight to be beaten just over a length. Just about ready to show something and should run well here. 10. Costas has only won once in nine starts but has shown a bit of promise from a middle distance perspective. Not asked for anything in his trial and 1400m fresh suits, some sting out wouldn’t hurt his chances either.
How to play it: Camp Rifle WIN ($3.40 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Camp Rifle wins at Wyong on September 6
|Race 6 – 4.20PM STAR TURN @ VINERY HANDICAP (1400 METRES)|
11. Blesk looks a promising horse and he was closing fast at his second start at Kembla when beaten favourite, running 34.02 for his last 600m (Punter's Intelligence) or more than a length faster than the others. Form through his debut win has held up in town and while drawn out it’s probably not a bad thing for this big finisher. Hard to hold out.
Dangers: 6. Hooray Henry is another up and comer and he went straight past Bradenburg, who won here last week, in scoring at Newcastle. Granted he had an easy run in transit but drawn to get a nice run again and could easily measure up. 5. Bigboyroy might have bumped into a handy type when he resumed as a gelding at Canterbury. Fitter and the extra 150m is probably in his favour. Each-way claims. 9. Vienna Rain hit the line nicely on debut then closer to the speed and got the job done with a solid maiden win at Kembla. Probably rolls forward from the wide gate and if he gets any breaks could give a sight.
How to play it: Blesk E/W ($8.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Blesk runs third at Kembla on September 28
|Race 7 - 4:55PM ANZ BLOODSTOCK NEWS HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
10. Regimental Band might have found a nice race to continue her momentum this time in. Had the right run and hit the lead on the turn before holding off the challengers strongly late. Promising filly and while she is short enough she is the one to beat.
Dangers: 12. Super Oasis started favourite here a month ago and just wasn’t herself, she raced wide and it wasn’t a bad effort to be beaten 1.7 lengths by Standout under the circumstances. Raft of gear changes and a soft gate. She could improve sharply. 1. Autumn resumed with a very nice second at Canterbury and stays under notice though she has a couple of things against her here. Second-up record is ordinary and she’s staying at 1100m. Should be running on and keep an eye on her for next time. 7. Alison Of Tuffy is an honest mare who stuck on well up on the pace to run third in the same race as Autumn. Handles any conditions and puts herself in her races. Each-way.
How to play it: Regimental Band WIN ($2.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS
Regimental Band wins at Wyong on September 24
|Race 8 - 5:30PM TAB HANDICAP (1100 METRES)|
9. Broken Arrows is a bit of a heartbreaker with five seconds on end before a luckless run here last week where he beat one home but clearly should have been in the finish. Drawn nicely, needs his run timed to perfection but there looks to be enough speed to give him his chance.
Dangers: 2. Coterie is the best horse in the race resuming and he has a couple of nice trials behind him. First-up last time was beaten 3.6 lengths by Fiesta and Estijaab and placed at Rosehill second-up in a good form race. Needs even luck but hard to beat. 3. Trumbull probably wasn’t suited by the slick 900m first-up but he battled on well after leading and will be fitter for this one. Unbeaten at the 1100m and expect him to run a nice race as usual. 12. Lanigera has been beaten favourite in both starts this time in and did look to have his chance over the 900m at Newcastle. Will be on the speed here and could hold on for a placing.
How to play it: Broken Arrows WIN ($5.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Broken Arrows’ unlucky run at Kensingon on October 2