ANNABEL NEASHAM HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 2 No. 4 Jerry
Competitive race but to my eye, this two-year-old has been clearly the pick of the first starters from the trials that are engaged in this field and he does come straight to the races after winning a Hawkesbury heat in soft fashion on February 26.
By Nicconi and out of the dam Jolie Joy, who is a half-sister to Group One winner Qafila, Jerry was first seen in a Canberra trial last November where he went to the line under a strong hold for an eventual fourth-place finish before being tipped out.
Allowed to let stride after jumping well in his most recent 800m hit-out, he extended away very comfortably late when briefly challenged in the run home and with queries around most of the raced brigade in this line-up, this gelding looks forward enough to figure on debut.
CATHY MCEVOY PLATE Tips (Race 4)
Randwick-Kensington Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 8 Goddess
While there's queries off the setback, there's some good leads for this very well-bred filly (younger sibling to Group One winner Manuel) ahead of her debut assignment this Wednesday at Randwick-Kensington.
Although the last public hit-out on February 17 was a little plain, that was on a Heavy 8 and having won her three prior three trials, it is worth noting the blinkers go back on, a gear change that was made ahead of her January trial last year where she sprinted straight past subsequent Group One winner September Run.
Another good indicator is the engagement of Sydney's leading rider James McDonald, who was aboard for every one of those prior heat wins and, in the process, he jumps off the Chris Waller-trained Egao, a galloper that placed behind Military Parade last start.
ANGELA BELLE MCSWEENEY HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Randwick-Kensington Best Bet - Race 7 No. 5 Brookspire
*Brookspire has been scratched from Race at Randwick-Kensington.
JENNY MCALPINE HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Randwick-Kensington Each-Way Bet - Race 8 No. 9 Savoury
This Bjorn Baker-trained gelding looked to have some promise over his first two preparations, recording two city wins in his first five starts and was fancied in a pair of Stakes races in that period but just never bounced back off a disappointing display in last year's Canberra Guineas.
Spelled after three poor showings as an early four-year-old, the son of Savabeel was given some time and may have turned the corner if his last two performances were any indication, with a nice return at Warwick Farm before just missing in a leader dominated affair at Gosford.
Despite no winning form to date over 1400m, Savoury does look to be crying out for this journey now third-up where from a good draw under Jason Collett, he can settle a little closer to the speed and with a shade more improvement, is in the mix here at an each-way price.