JACK THOMPSON CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Kembla Grange Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 2 Significant Rule
After a lengthy lay off following a narrow defeat via a handy Goulburn Maiden in March last year, it was a little surprising that the odds-on quote stood up for this gelding first-up on June 10 considering that spell.
Looking gone numerous times up the straight via that fresh performance, he's kept finding to only be beaten in the last stride and has backed up that very brave return to lead throughout at a good clip on June 26, surviving a big betting drift in the process.
A half-brother to dual Group One winner Hallowed Crown, Significant Rule does lose the claim for this third-up assignment, but does gain Nash Rawiller and while this is a handy enough Class 1 line up, he still looks very much on an upwards spiral.
STEPHEN HOOD 2YO MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Kembla Grange Value Bet - Race 4 No. 4 Girl Mania
This filly has shown ability in her short career to date, a galloper that was a big drifter ($6-$11) prior to her Wyong debut in February where she was back and then working three-wide just to get into the race on that tight circuit.
Prior to that, Girl Mania had shown a nice turn-of-foot late in a fast run trial at Hawkesbury while at start two, she was thrown in the deep end at Group Three level and was specked at a big price, but clearly wasn't ready and was tipped out as a result.
Sent for a little spell following an April trial behind subsequent Group winner Jamaea, the daughter of Capitalist trialled well ahead of her return on June 24 over this track and trip, peaking late on that chasing effort, so there's plenty of improvement to come.
FRED HOOD CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Kembla Grange Best Bet - Race 8 No. 2 No Impediment
Amanda Turner is a very astute trainer and often spaces the runs out with many of her gallopers then places them where they can win, which again looks to be the case with this lightly raced five-year-old who is putting together a handy record.
From just the six career starts, No Impediment has managed to accrue three wins, the last of those coming as an odds-on favourite at Goulburn on June 7 where he was there to be run down by Bigger Than Thorn, but he found plenty to pull away again late.
Considering the form around many of the beaten brigade, especially the runner-up, I'm not convinced this event is any harder and while the 1200m box needs to be ticked for this first try at the trip, he gives every indication that it won't be an issue.