HUSSEY DERTLI CLASS 1 HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Kembla Grange Best Bet - Race 3 No. 4 Latino Blend
One of the more interesting runners on Thursday's Kembla Grange program is this resuming filly that showed good potential in two runs via her first campaign which culminated in a Group Three tilt.
Prepared by the Peter & Paul Snowden stable who are striking at 21.6% at Kembla Grange over the last 12 months (19 winners), Latino Blend was sensational in her February debut at Newcastle, coming from off the speed to record a dominant win over the 900m.
As a result, she was respected in the betting for the Magic Night Stakes, where although still a little green, was only a length and a half off dual Group winner Arcaded and practically finished next to Jamaea, a filly that won a Group Two at her next start.
PETER STANLEY BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Kembla Grange Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Nikau
While this Godolphin mare is getting quite deep into her preparation, James Cummings has spaced a lot of her runs and she continues to race consistently, finding the line well for fourth over the 1500m here on July 22.
After comfortably accounting for Madam Charm (won her next two) first-up, Nikau went back-to-back at Newcastle five weeks later and competed in town twice following that before coming back to the Provincials for that most recent attempt.
The four-year-old got past Command King (race favourite here) late in proceedings last start and arguably would've won that event had she drawn a gate, so now from barrier two and with Tommy Berry staying aboard, she should get a chance off a kinder run in transit.
MALCOLM JOHNSTON CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Kembla Grange Value Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Kuzco Lad
Given he comfortably won a Benchmark 64 last spring in Victoria with 61kg over the 1500m at Mornington, that same impost shouldn't put us off this Waterhouse & Bott runner third-up on Thursday, especially with Nash Rawiller taking the reins.
Resuming over 1200m in a Benchmark 70 at Sandown, there was some money for Kuzco Lad first-up on June 16, but he proceeded to put in a shocker, with the Soft 7 track attributed to the performance fresh off a six-month spell.
The son of Zoustar had no luck over the seven furlongs on the Hillside circuit last start, racing three-wide throughout, although he boxed on very well considering and stripping fitter for that outing, can land straight on the speed here from gate two.