By Ray Hickson
Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Wednesday’s Kensington meeting at Royal Randwick. Selections based on a soft to heavy track.
|Race 1 – 12:50PM GRUNT STANDING AT YULONG HANDICAP (1150 METRES)|
11. Giovanna Run debuted in a strong race on Boxing Day and was in the market but was never in the race. Had to be impressed with her trial win on heavy ground a couple of weeks back, drawn one and James McDonald rides. Expect her to run well.
Dangers: 1. Escape Artist had a three wide with cover run on debut and was run down by a horse that had her back in the run so the effort was strong. Drawn out here so will need some luck and a good ride but commands plenty of respect. 3. La Girl has her first run for Kris Lees and there’s a bit of depth in her form from November where she was behind the placings in a couple of good quality races in Victoria. Trialled well and any market moves should be respected. 12. Italian Princess raced wide on the speed in the same race as Escape Artist and you had to like the way she tried hard despite being beaten. May get an easier run this time around and improvement wouldn’t shock.
How to play it: Giovanna Run E/W ($4.00 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: ODDS.
Giovanna Run wins a trial at Rosehill on June 19
|Race 2 – 1.25PM YES YES YES @ COOLMORE AUSTRALIA HANDICAP (1150 METRES)|
12. Wild Wind is a market watch and while he’s been under some riding in his trials he looks the type to relish race day. Has had a tie-back so has obviously had issues but shown a competitive streak and if supported expect him to run well.
Dangers: 2. Gunnamatta is aided by the top weight coming out. Scratched last week with an elevated temperature but on debut he led and was run down late by Scenic Warrior on a heavy at Warwick Farm. If he gets control he should be hard to catch. 3. Jimmy’s Dream had some support on debut at Warwick Farm and came from midfield wide out to run a close second. Fitter for that, not sure where he gets to from the barrier if he doesn’t look to go forward but one of the major players. 4. Game Royal is a well bred gelding from the Waller stable on debut and though his latest trial wasn’t anything to write home about he’s the type you have to keep a bit safe. He’s drawn inside and attracted James McDonald to ride so nothing would surprise about him first-up.
How to play it: Wild Wind E/W ($4.20 TAB Fixed Odds); Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Wild Wind wins a trial at Rosehill on June 19
|Race 3 – 2:00PM HARRY ANGEL @ DARLEY HANDICAP (1250 METRES)|
14. Duenna is no star but she looks well placed on the back of a couple of handy runs out of town. Bumped into Steel Diamond two starts back then tried hard at Wyong on a front-runners track last time. Soft draw and should get some tempo to suit. Good each-way chance.
Dangers: 2. Miss Spiteful will be right on the pace from the good gate. She was competitive in two runs here to start the prep then every chance when a short priced favourite at Gosford last time. Will give a sight. 5. Dancing Gidget hasn’t raced since beating subsequent ATC Oaks placegetter and G1 winner Toffee Tongue at 1550m here back in March. Gained inside runs to win a recent trial, trip might be short of her best but rather include her than assume that. 7. Compatriot has ability and raced fairly consistently last time in. Not asked in his recent trial, likely gets back but should be running on strongly.
How to play it: Duenna E/W ($7.50 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Duenna runs second to Steel Diamond at Kembla on May 30
|Race 4 – 2:35PM EXCEEDANCE NEW TO VINERY HANDICAP (1250 METRES)|
6. Darleb is very close to a city win after a couple of strong placings at his past two starts. Tightened up at Canterbury when beaten a length then swamped late by a promising type at Warwick Farm after cutting the corner. Should take holding out.
Dangers: 11. Temple Run raced three deep and made a move on the turn before the winner cut up inside him at Warwick Farm two weeks ago. Eligible for easier but competitive at this level and is a good chance. 7. This Is So showed a heap of promise this time last year but has been off the scene for quite a while. Can’t take a lot out of her recent trial only to say she wasn’t pressured and represents a big query here first-up. 1. Above And Beyond has been largely competitive in BM78 grade lately and comes back in class here, getting in well with the claim. Likes to race handy and on best form is one of the chances.
How to play it: Darleb WIN ($3.70 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Darleb runs second at Warwick Farm on June 17
|Race 5 – 3:10PM SKY RACING ACTIVE HANDICAP (1800 METRES)|
10. Savigne backs up after quite a strong win at Canterbury last week where she enjoyed a good run and powered away late. Even fitter, again drawn well and on the way up against opposition largely battling. No surprise if she does right on with the job.
Dangers: 6. Picaro has the chance to find his best after two handy enough runs back in Saturday company. Gets into his preferred distance range now and there’s a lot less depth here. Go well. 2. Chocolatier contested the same race as Picaro and was quite disappointing only managing seventh. Wasn’t able to get anywhere near the lead there whereas in his previous two runs at Canterbury he was on the pace so he could easily improve quickly if he takes advantage of gate one. 11. Secretly was second-up when she worked into third behind Lando Bay at Randwick four weeks ago and gets a 1.5kg drop in weight. Takes on older horses but has that upside many others don’t so she could be competitive here.
How to play it: Savigne WIN ($3.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Savigne wins at Canterbury on June 24
|Race 6 – 3:45PM BOWERMANS OFFICE FURNITURE HANDICAP (1550 METRES)|
8. Le Gai Soliel looks a real up and comer ready to tackle this company after two wins this time in. Improved sharply into her second-up win at Kembla on a heavy track and expect the barrier to be no issue as she’s drawn right around the likely speed. If she is above average she can win again.
Dangers: 3. Baanone has come back in great form and followed up an eye-catching fresh run here with a strong win at Canterbury three weeks ago. Will likely get back a bit but has a big finish and should be competitive again. 7. Galahad’s Quest may have something to say about who leads here and he was run down by Baanone two back before Savigne picked him last week. So the form around him looks good and if he leads he can give a sight. 4. Statuesquely has disappointed in two runs back from a spell and comes back to midweek company looking for a boost. Group 3 placed at a mile last time in so has the talent and no surprise to see her lift if she happens to find the front.
How to play it: Le Gai Soleil WIN ($2.25 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: SPLIT.
Le Gai Soleil wins at Kembla Grange on June 13
|Race 7 – 4:20PM TAB HANDICAP (1150 METRES)|
If you can forgive 2. Sally’s Day for her shock failure at Rosehill a month ago she has to be the horse to beat on previous form. Romped in at Wyong first-up on a soft 7 then hit the line hard behind Fituese and Aquitaine at Listed level. Looks to be some speed here to suit her and can bounce back.
Dangers: 6. Meditate was first-up from a throat operation when leading and fighting on okay for second at Canterbury three weeks ago. Will be better for that run and handled all conditions. Expect her to be on the speed somewhere and giving a good account. Read trainer Richard Nutman's comments here. 4. Echo Gem is a bit hit and miss, or at least was last time in, and resumes with a couple of synthetic trials under her belt. Runner-up to Fituese first-up last prep and split Lashes and Switched third-up but failed either side. Capable of showing up if things fall into place. 8. So Wicked is a very interesting runner, first-up for Chris Waller off a pleasing trial win. Has gate one and James McDonald so betting will be significant.
How to play it: Sally’s Day WIN ($3.60 TAB Fixed Odds). Odds & Evens: EVENS.
Sally’s Day runs third to Fituese at Rosehill on May 16