HYLANDS RACE COLOURS HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Randwick-Kensington Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 7 The Denzel
Trainer Les Bridge has accepted with three strong chances on the February 3 meeting from Randwick-Kensington and the first of them comes via this son of Adelaide who is returning for his second racing preparation, having being spelled following a debut winter effort last year.
Given the breeding suggests he's at least a middle-distance prospect, the money prior to that 1100m outing ($11.00-$8.50) was a perhaps a little surprising and after being beaten for speed early, made good inroads from the rear for an eventual fourth-place finish, clocking the second fastest last 600m of the event.
While The Denzel has still looked a little raw in two January trials, there was intent there from Kerrin McEvoy to chase and win his latest heat, suggesting that they are looking to strike rate first-up at 1400m with this gelding who looks to have some X Factor about him.
BOWERMANS COMMERCIAL FURNITURE PLATE Tips (Race 3)
Randwick-Kensington Best Bet - Race 3 No. 7 Skedaddle
On her race day debut for the Les Bridge yard is Skedaddle, a well-bred filly that has shown clear ability in all four public outings to date and via her last Randwick two trials in readiness for this assignment, has run slick time on both occasions.
By I Am Invincible and out of the mare Dal Dal, who is a sibling to Speak Fondly (Group One winner) and Wild And Proud (Group Two winner), this three-year-old returned for the summer with a second on January 7, held together in a hit-out where she easily could've prevailed by a big space, in comfortably the fastest trial that morning.
The three-year-old had her final tune-up on January 21, when pressed by Chris Williams to win with authority in what was again the quickest heat for the morning and ready to go for this 1100m contest, she may just prove a little too slick for her rivals here.
STUD & STABLE STAFF AWARDS HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 4 No. 3 Lamu
Now under the care of Gabrielle Englebrecht is this import that had five runs for Victorian trainer Archie Alexander and although has mostly mixed her form in Australia, this is the weakest race she's seen and the first Sydney effort was a pass mark.
Lamu made her first appearance in the country back in April, 2020 where she was well backed at long odds ($26.00-$11.00) and despite rattling home from the rear, had to settle for fourth and followed that with a Benchmark 84 tilt, finishing third as the second market elect behind Naivasha, a mare that was in career best form at that stage.
The concussion plates have now been removed and although up in the weights, this is much easier back to the midweeks against her own sex after a midfield finish at Rosehill, a race that has produced Canasta, who bolted in last Saturday at Benchmark 78 level.
VINERY STUD HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Randwick-Kensington Roughie - Race 7 No. 2 Julian Rock
Despite it reading as a mostly consistent record, this six-year-old isn't necessarily the easiest to catch for punters, hence the price on offer, but only needs to run to his last two fresh performances to be a leading chance at Benchmark 72 level.
A past winner over the Kensington 1400m, Julian Rock loomed as a genuine threat in a Benchmark 78 when resuming last winter, but just peaked on his run 100m out and freshened-up following another sound effort at that level, was given a good freshen-up prior to a return at Canterbury.
Although completely unsuited in a leader-dominated on that occasion, the son of Invincible Spirit recorded comfortably the fastest last 600m and 200m sectionals of that October 5 meeting and off a decent January 21 trial, has to respected at a double figure quote given those prior efforts.