Kensington - Race 3 3:40pm AEDT

No. 1 Irish Kisses

Irish Kisses is attempting the rise to 1800m for the first time coming off a much-improved effort over the mile at Newcastle.  

The daughter of Shamus Award gave good chase to finish runner-up, just lacking the dash in her final few strides to go with Toesonthenose.  

Her previous effort in the Little Dance was worth forgiving, over-racing early and struggling in a bunched finish. Fitter and proven on wet going, this looks a winnable assignment. 

Kensington - Race 4 4:20pm AEDT

No. 4 Canadian Ruler

Canadian Ruler looks a decent value play in a tricky race.  

The gelding by Vancouver has made only three starts to date, winning on debut at Bathurst before running back-to-back placings in town.  

He was within half a length of Tutta La Vita two back at Rosehill, form that reads okay with that same horse going on to place at Group 1 level. He mightn’t want it too wet, but in well with the claim, he should prove hard to run down with a forward showing expected.  

Kensington - Race 5 5:00pm AEDT

No. 2 Cloudland

Cloudland has the likable wet track form heading into his third-up run.  

The grey by Swiss Ace won back-to-back starts on heavy going as a four-year-old last spring, and was also a winner first-up here on the Kenso track despite being held up for a run.  

He was only gunned down late at Rosehill two weeks ago after leading out of the turn. If Dylan Gibbons can save something for late this time, the pair should be winning.  

Kensington - Race 6 5:30pm AEDT

No. 2 Bowery Breeze

Bowery Breeze finds it hard to win at times, but I think she’s been racing better than her form reads. 

The old girl struggled to find a clear path in the run home at Rosehill on return, while she was also held up at Kembla Grange in similar conditions last week when beaten just over two lengths. 

Her third-up record isn’t great, but the decision to race on the quick backup suggests there’s improvement still to come.