Randwick-Kensington Preview – Wednesday 4th August


The metro midweek action heads back to the Kensington course at Randwick on Wednesday and seven races are on the program.

The rail will be set out 2 metres around the entire coursed and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Good (4) range.

Race 1 - 12:50pm

Sky Racing Handicap (1550m)

I’m going to have something on Military Men in the first at Randwick-Kensington today.

He didn’t show a whole lot on debut at Newcastle, but he has been freshened since that effort, and James McDonald goes aboard this week.

He has reportedly pleased the stable in his recent work and something like this should be within his abilities.

2 Units Military Men

Race 2 - 1:25pm

Astern @ Darley Plate (1100m)

There’s hardly any form to divulge from the field that has accepted for Race 2 and plenty of debutants are prominent in betting.

I’m happy to stay out of this one.

No Bet

Race 3 - 2pm

Heineken Plate (1100m)

Trifaccia is still a maiden and she hasn’t been seen at the races since April, but this is a big drop in class, and I am confident that she can get the monkey off her back first-up.

The I Am Invincible filly finished third in each of her first two career starts, including the Group 2 Reisling Stakes, but she had clearly had enough when she finished down the order in the Percy Sykes.

She’s had the benefit of a lovely trial in the lead-up to her return and this looks a lovely campaign launchpad for her.

4 Units Trifaccia

Race 4 - 2:35pm

The Agency Real Estate Handicap (1800m)

Kutayha recorded a lovely win here last time, and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again on Wednesday.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding has continued to improve with each start back this time, and he was rewarded for his improving condition with a lovely win last time.

He should only improve getting out to 1800m and James McDonald retains the ride.

4 Units Kutayha

Race 5 - 3:10pm

Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1550m)

Yiyi has recorded two wins from as many starts this time and looks beautifully placed to pull of the hat-trick at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday.

The No Nay Never gelding mixed his form last time in, but he clearly flourished in his time away from the track, and he has been eye-catching at both Newcastle at Rosehill this campaign.

Fitter third-up and dropping back to the midweeks, he can win again.

5 Units Yiyi

Race 6 - 3:45pm

Benchmark 72 Handicap (1550m)

This looms as the perfect race for Arctic Thunder.

Arctic Thunder doesn’t win out of turn, but he has continued to return quality efforts throughout his long preparation, and he takes his place in this field off the back of an eye-catching run for second at Rosehill Gardens.

He’s rock-hard fit and drawn to receive every chance under Tommy Berry.

5 Units Arctic Thunder

Race 7 - 4:20pm

Vinery Stud Handicap (1100m)

I’m going to give Wander another chance third-up and dropping back in class on the Kenso course on Wednesday.

The Richard Litt-trained gelding ran home well to fill the minors at Rosehill when resuming, but failed to quicken when the pressure went on at Randwick last time.

Fitter third-up, I think he has real claims in something like this.

3 Units Wander