KIM DOUGHERTY MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Kembla Grange Best Bet - Race 2 No. 4 Jimmy's Dream
While he is getting a little costly with six placings from as many starts, this gelding had had some excuses including in his last start defeat when tardy away, but made inroads for second behind stable Crosscube, clearing out from the rest of the field in the process
He resumed with a fighting second over the 1200m at Newcastle when reeled in by Hot Spring Gold, a galloper that has subsequently been competitive in a pair of Metro 68's and he jumped for Jean Van Overmeire that day, who is now back in the saddle.
Jimmy's Dream did manage to hold a decent margin on Supreme Leader via that last effort, a runner that did back-up seven days later to record a very comfortable victory at Hawkesbury, so the form does continue stack up around him.
CHRIS GWILLIAM CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Kembla Grange Value Bet - Race 3 No. 8 Pia Sofia
Although venturing out past the sprint trips for the first time is always an unknown, this mare has given the impression all campaign that she has been searching for longer than the 1200m events she's been contesting.
Tipped out following a third-up Maiden victory at Gosford last October, her first attempt on a wet track, Pia Sofia has remained competitive this autumn and has improved via her last two runs, but has seemingly found the six furlongs too sharp each time.
Finding another rain affected surface on Tuesday along with hopefully being able to find her feet earlier over this longer journey, she's hard fit with four runs this preparation, so gets every chance to run out the 1500m in a race with little depth.
PETER CUDDIHY PROV & CTRY MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 4)
Kembla Grange Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 8 Eminencia
A filly that has always shown plenty of promise at the trials, we now get to see the daughter of I Am Invincible debut following two autumn hit outs, including a much stronger piece of work on May 10 when recording an easy win.
They did hold her up in that first heat for the autumn on April 27 and initially, it was much of the same early in that most recent trial when over-racing early, but when allowed to let stride, we saw a much more comfortable galloper that settled and sprinted off a good tempo.
Over 1000m in what doesn't appear to be the strongest of Maiden fields, we want to see jockey Andrew Adkins use what looks to be the biggest strength of Eminencia - her speed and try to open up an early margin on her rivals.