We’re racing on the Kensington course at Randwick this Wednesday and seven races are on the program.
The rail will be set out two metres around the entire course and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Soft (5) range.
Race 1 - 12:50pm
Heineken Handicap (1100m)
There isn’t much form to consider ahead of the first at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday – four of the ten confirmed starters have race day experience.
I haven’t been particularly taken by anything I’ve seen from those runners and I am not keen to back a debutant, so I’m going to stay out.
Race 2 - 1:25pm
Ranvet Handicap (1400m)
Fashchanel has been charged with carrying a heavy topweight, but I’m confident that she’s just the best horse in this race, and I’m happy to stick with her.
The I Am Invincible mare needed the run when finishing sixth of eight at Canterbury first-up in April, but took plenty of improvement into a handy win here last time out.
Fitter third-up and under James McDonald, she can win again.
3 Units Fashchanel
Race 3 - 2pm
Happy Birthday Steve Meyn Handicap (1100m)
Osamu is another impressive last-start winner with claims at Randwick-Kensington again on Wednesday.
The Exceed And Excel gelding returned from a short break to finish second, beaten a little over a head by Luminoso at Newcastle in April, and charged in to break his maiden last time out.
It probably wasn’t the effort you’d want from a $1.10 favourite, but he won regardless, and I think that he can continue his rise through the grades on Wednesday.
2 Units Osamu
Race 4 - 2:35pm
PKF Sydney Handicap (1550m)
There are several winning chances engaged in Race 4 at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday, including Kutayha.
Kutayha was a strong and consistent performer for the Waller yard last time in, racing well in similar races to this one throughout his preparation.
He clearly needed the run, but kept all of his best work for late when fourth behind Media Starguest at Canterbury when resuming, and I’m confident he’ll take plenty of improvement into this race.
3 Units Kutayha
Race 5 - 3:10pm
Benchmark 68 Handicap (1550m)
This is a decent step up in class, but Too Much Caviar couldn’t have been more impressive in breaking his maiden last time out, and I’m happy to stick with him as he attempts to rise through the grades.
The All Too Hard gelding was only fair on debut, but put paid to them last time; greeting the judge nearly five lengths in the clear of his rivals.
He harbours plenty of upside and Timmy Clark looks a booking for him.
2 Units Too Much Caviar
Race 6 - 3:45pm
Vinery Stud Handicap (1300m)
Zell is yet to finish worse than second at this point of his preparation and looks up to winning at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday.
The I Am Invincible gelding raced well around some good horses last time in, scoring in open company at Hawkesbury most notably, and he returned to the races for a credible third in a BM72 race at Warwick Farm.
This looks to be about his level, and he has options from the rails draw.
3 Units Zell
Race 7 - 4:20pm
Blue Point @ Darley Handicap (1100m)
I’m going to give Tudor Music another chance to win at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday, and at a nice price.
The Your Song filly was outclassed in the Group 3 PJ bell on Day 1 of The Championships, but has finished within a length of Mollycoddle at Canterbury, and third behind the likes of Midland at Warwick Farm since that effort.
She looks to be at peak fitness, gets into this race well under the conditions, and we can have an each-way play at the price.
1 Unit E/W Tudor Music