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Neil Evans' Tips For Kembla Grange (Thursday)

By Neil Evans

Track Good 4 and rail true so should play fairly even.

Race 1 CLASS 1 HCP (1500m):

Testing middle distance battle to get us underway. Expect a showdown between the top two, and going with improving Randwick 4YO 2. Highmaster from the John Thompson stable second-up over a little more ground. Took on Group 2 company immediately after winning his maiden last prep, and first-up run at Newcastle behind a promising one augurs well for this.

Dangers: Well-bred 4YO 1. Deadly Impact returns off a long break as a gelding in his first run for new Goulburn stable. Looks forward enough, stretching out well in the second of two trials. Improving 4YO 5. California August has been fair at BM 64 level in his last two, and looking for this distance now.

How to play it: Highmaster to win and in-order trifecta 2-1-5. Odds and Evens: Split

Highmaster runs second at Newcastle on September 1

Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (1500m):

Rosehill 4YO 2. Zarzou trained by Chris Waller is ready to win fourth-up with the blinkers going on. Has hit the line well in each run this prep, working home behind two very promising gallopers in his last two.

Dangers: Progressive 3YO colt 3. The Mediator presents fitter after working home okay resuming at Newcastle when backed from $6.50 into $4.40.

How to play it: Zarzou to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Zarzou runs fourth at Newcastle on September 1

Race 3 BM 64 HCP (1000m):

Fairly even contest over the sprint course, with several hopes. Smart 3YO Warwick Farm filly 6. Tudor Music from the Greg Hickman stable put two dominant country wins together up to Class 2 before didn't get the breaks on home track last start. Drops 3kg back to provincial level, and returns to her pet trip.

Dangers: Rival Warwick Farm 5YO 1. Catapult resumes off a quiet trial, but is a noted fresh performer, and draws to get a stack of cover around midfield. Overcame difficulty to charge home first-up last prep, and big weight off-set by 3kg claim. Another one from the 'Farm, 3. Revenire also returns off a soft trial, and generally comes to hand quickly. Improving local mare 5. Power Rush is hard-fit for this trip after boxing on okay leading in BM 72 metro company; while include in exotics 4YO 4. Ranges who was consistently in and around the money last prep, and resumes for leading metro stable off two tidy trials.

How to play it: Tudor Music to win and trifecta 1,3,6/1,3,6/1,3,4,5,6. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 4 MAIDEN HCP (1000m):

Same journey now for the maidens, and keen on debutant 3YO Pride Of Dubai colt 5. Long Weekend from the Gary Portelli yard. Bolted in a synthetic track trial before showing good speed again to lead, and only collared in the last couple of strides, although was never pushed out. Looks a smart one in the making.

Dangers: Watch the betting on 4YO Hawkes-trained 1. Born A Warrior having his first run in NSW after 18 months. Form was inconsistent in Victoria through autumn, but did tackle much stronger company. Well bred colt 10. San Antonio also resumes for only his second start off two trials. Returns to where he made his debut in late autumn when swamped after leading as a heavily backed favourite.

How to play it: Long Weekend to win. Odds and Evens: Split

Race 5 MAIDEN HCP (1300m):

Tricky race. Keen on 3YO Snowden-trained filly 11. Salateen fourth-up in her first real prep, especially if ridden quiet. Flew home resuming in a strong maiden at Newcastle before fighting on okay in next two when ridden on the speed. Winkers have been applied, and can finish over the top if she goes back and is allowed to find her feet.

Dangers: Hawkesbury filly 5. Silent Tryst got home late in a nice debut at Newcastle, and drawn to get a softer run here over the same trip. Was scratched from Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Godolphin filly 9. Hirodelle resumes off two quiet trials, and also draws to get ideal cover; while watch for good improvement second-up from Warwick Farm mare 6. Sublime Lady, with blinkers going on.

How to play it: Salateen to win. Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 6 CLASS 1 HCP (1200m):

Wyong 4YO 3. Bethencourt from the Kim Waugh yard has plenty of ability, and resumes for only his second start. Led all the way beating a good galloper on debut at Newcastle, and looks ready to rock fresh off three trials, bolting in the most recent only last week. Just needs to get over from a wide draw.

Dangers: Godolphin filly 9. Glaciers can improve second-up and down in weight after an even metro effort behind a smart one; while include progressive 3YO 12. Patrolling who has been freshened via a quiet trial after easily winning on debut in heavy ground at Nowra.

How to play it: Bethencourt to win. Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 7 BM 64 HCP (1500m):

Widest and toughest race of the day to finish. Like the value about 4YO staying mare 11. Satin Rain second-up for the Anthony Cummings stable. Worked home okay resuming in metro BM 72 grade, and should get enough pressure on up front to drive late into the finish.

Dangers: Improving Warwick Farm 7YO 4. Chalk will relish the drop in class over more ground after three mixed runs in tougher metro races. Won this grade four runs back, beating into third All From Scrap who was a convincing winner at Tamworth on Monday. Local 6YO 2. Esteem Spirit is hard fit and has been close-up in stronger races this prep. Gets a useful 3kg claim, but will need luck early drawn off the track. Randwick mare 12. Song And A Prayer will find this a little easier than her last two. Big market watch on 6YO Kiwi visitor 1. River Run who scraped home first-up across the Tasman, although far more depth here, and rated to his best under 62kg; while home track 8YO 9. Tenorino comes off a last start BM 68 win at Gosford, but also faces a tricky draw.

How to play it: Satin Rain each way and box exacta 2,4,11. Odds and Evens: Split.

All the fields, form and replays for Thursday's Kembla Grange meeting

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