RON QUINTON 2YO MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 3)
Kembla Grange Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 6 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.
The daughter of Capitalist just peaked late on her June 21 effort before only being a stride away from saluting on July 8, and fit now with the winkers being applied, this is her chance to breakthrough from a low draw and on a drying surface.
GORDON SPINKS BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Kembla Grange Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Stoical
He couldn't have been more impressive first-up at Hawkesbury, making light work of a field that included Miracle Street, a mare that had some reasonable form lines either side of that May 20 event.
Stoical much more mature this time in, which was evident in his two trials prior to that return on May 20 and while that made June 9 flop at Canterbury a little puzzling, that was on a deteriorating surface (Soft 7), while he may have just been a little flat second-up.
Prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden who have a 22% winning strike rate at Kembla Grange this season, they have freshened this gelding up and back on firmer ground in a Provincial 64, he's the one to beat here with a repeat of that first-up effort.
JOHN DUGGAN BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Kembla Grange Value Bet - Race 8 No. 1 East Indiaman
This gelding was a city class galloper when campaigning for the McEvoy stable down south, a Listed winner as a three-year-old in Adelaide and a 78 winner in the spring that followed, which was his last victory.
20/1 is available for East Indiaman as he is trying to break a decent winning drought, but he has been quite competitive for the James Ponsonby yard, sticking one well in country cups back in January, the last of those against the pattern in the Bega Cup.
For a galloper that hasn't won below 1400m and one that has no first-up form, the 1200m return on July 8 was a pass mark, while with most of the early speed drawn to his outside, 2kg claimer Patrick Scorse should be able to work across early.