The Kensington Stakes is the feature race at Flemington this weekend and nine speedy sprinters will contest the Listed event.
Group 1 placegetter Champagne Cuddles has opened as a clear favourite on the back of a smart barrier trial in Sydney and she will have her first taste of the Flemington straight.
Can Champagne Cuddles make a winning return to the races or will there be a Kensington Stakes upset? We have analysed the entire field and our complete 2019 Kensington Stakes tips can be found below.
Thermal Current does not win out of turn, but he definitely has a habit of popping-up in races just like this one. He beat a strong field to win the Absolut Stakes over this track and distance on Kennedy Oaks Day and he is still capable of a high-rating performance on his day. The veteran gelding is the main danger to Champagne Cuddles.
Champagne Cuddles is the deserving favourite in Kensington Stakes betting and she is clearly the horse to beat. She is a mare that has only recorded three wins from her 19 race starts, but she has generally raced at the highest level and this is the weakest field that she has faced in some time. The Not A Single Doubt mare has previously won over 1000 metres and, on her best form, she does have a genuine class edge over the rest of this field. As long as she handles the Flemington straight, she will prove very tough to beat.
Heart Of A Lion
Heart Of A Lion will return to the races for the first time since he finished third in the Testa Rossa Stakes last year. He is a consistent sprinter that is rarely far away in races of this quality, but I’m not sure that he has as much upside as some of the other horses in this field. $12 is around the right price.
You can normally expect Missrock to fire fresh, she has recorded four wins and two placings from her seven first-up starts, but she failed to do that in the Standish Handicap. That was her third below par performance in a row and it is tough to back her with any confidence in the Kensington Stakes.
Glenall is a horse that has never really lived up to the early hype and he returns to the races after what was a lengthy stint in the spelling paddock. He generally does produce his best form fresh and his recent trial at Rosehill Gardens was sharp, but I can’t get him anywhere near as short as his current price of $4.
It has been a while since we saw the best of Snitzkraft. Darren Weir sent him back to Queensland to try and get him firing, but he flopped in the Falvelon Quality and he hasn’t looked like winning a race this campaign. You always have to respect Darren Weir, but this horse appears to be struggling.
Belwazi has recorded all six of her wins over 1000 metres and there is no doubt that this is her best trip. In saying that, all of her best form has come at The Valley and this is easily the toughest race of her career to date.
Bullpit is another horse that has gone a long time without winning a race. 1000 metres is his best trip and he did have ability on his day, but he has gone seven starts without finishing in the placings and this race is stronger.
Circus Dancer was beaten in a Benchmark 64 event at Geelong last start and this is an enormous step-up in class. She is the extreme outsider in this field for a reason.