Randwick-Kensington Preview – Saturday 18th July


The Kensington course at Randwick will host a rare Saturday meet this weekend.

There’s been a lot more inclement weather around the greater Sydney metropolitan region this week and the track will be rated in the heavy range, but the rail will be left in the true position around the entire course.

Race 1 - 11:40am

Everest Carnival On Sale Handicap (1400m)

Giovanna Run will take good improvement into the first at Randwick-Kensington on Saturday and is ready to win.

The Press Statement filly returned to the races for a close-up second over 1150m here at Randwick-Kensington and there is no doubt that she’ll enjoy good improvement for that effort.

The rise in trip looks as though it will suit, and she does look the one to beat.

3 Units Giovanna Run

Race 2 - 12:15pm

Highway Handicap (1100m)

Leo will take winning form into this week’s Highway race and can win again, at a price ($10 at publish).

The I Am Invincible gelding has continued to improve with each effort this preparation, culminating in a half-length win in one of these contests last time out.

He’s at peak fitness and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

2 Units E/W Leo

Race 3 - 12:50pm

De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1100m)

Tailleur has recorded two wins from as many starts so far and he can continue his rise through the grades in Sydney on Saturday.

The Shooting To Win filly could hardly have been more impressive when beating the likes of Switched at Randwick first-up and she will only improve for that effort.

She is my best bet on the program.

5 Units Tailleur

Race 4 - 1:25pm

Schweppes Handicap (1800m)

Orcein has found top gear and strikes another winnable race at Randwick-Kensington on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding did take a few to get going when resuming this time, but was an impressive winner at Rosehill two back before running second behind Edison last week.

He’s drawn well again and is up to going one better.

3 Units Orcein

Race 5 - 2:00pm

Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1800m)

Herengawe will take further improvement into his third campaign task and is ready to win what is a wide-open race.

The former Kiwi won a Group 3 race at his last appearance in New Zealand, and while he clearly needed the run when he finished down the order at Randwick when resuming, he returned a far better effort when a length and a half fifth in the Listed McKell Cup last time out.

He is over the odds at his current price ($12 at publish).

2 Units E/W Herengawe

Race 6 - 2:40pm

Sky Racing Active Handicap (1400m)

Man Of Peace hasn’t missed a place in four starts this time and looks the one to beat in the sixth at Randwick-Kensington.

The Matt Dale-trained gelding filled the minors in the Wagga Town Plate when resuming and won the Octagonal Handicap second-up.

He only just missed at his last two and a repeat of either would see him winning this.

4 Units Man On Peace

Race 7 - 3:20pm

Benchmark 78 Handicap (1000m)

This is one of the more open contests on Saturday’s card at Randwick-Kensington and a horse like Biscara has live claims at a price ($19 at publish).

The Rubick filly has recorded two wins from her four starts this time, including a smart win in a Highway race at Randwick last time out.

I like that she’s had a trial since her last start and I’m happy to have something on at the price.

1 Unit E/W Biscara

Race 8 - 4:00pm

Ranvet Handicap (1400m)

Threeood rarely runs a bad race and is up to winning the penultimate race at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday.

The Star Witness mare has missed a place just once in eight starts this preparation and only just missed in BM78 on the main course here last time out.

She’s rock-hard fit and the booking of Rachel King to ride is a positive.

2 Units E/W Threeood

Race 9 - 4:40pm

Heineken 3 Handicap (1550m)

Le Gai Soleil has returned to the races in excellent form this time and looks the one to beat in the last race in Sydney on Saturday.

The Tavistock filly has recorded three wins from as many starts this time and probably just wins again, but she is too short for me at $1.60 and I am happy to pull stumps at the penultimate.

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