TAB HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Randwick-Kensington Best Bet - Race 4 No. 7 Kinloch
Big things were expected of this colt following a brilliant debut victory in April last year, with the son of I Am Invincible tipped out after his second start when finishing midfield as favourite behind the very talented Peltzer.
With an aborted spring campaign that included just the one outing, Kinloch was given plenty of time to mature and is starting to reward that patience, recording a strong second-up victory on this circuit with 60kg over the 1000m.
Not much went right third-up when shuffled back early and attempting a run from a terrible position, but the closing splits were still good (equal-fastest last 200m of the race) and being out of a mare who was a dual winner at 2000m, the extra furlong here may well suit.
HEINEKEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 5 No. 6 Picaro
A full-brother to dual Group One winner Shadow Hero is Picaro, a very honest galloper from the Gary Portelli stable who we can generally catch once or twice a preparation and off his two runs so this campaign, he's not far away in the right race.
We did speck hime at big odds via in a very similar event back in February, and he was a little unlucky not to have saluted on that occasion as he was briefly held-up before charging late at Toscanini, a three-year-old that had decent form either side of that event.
Third-up here off two solid performances to begin his campaign, the five-year-old is certainly going better this time around and as a galloper that has won on good, slow and heavy ground, any changes in the surface will be the least of his problems.
CHINA HORSE CLUB HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Randwick-Kensington Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 4 Yukon
Third-up now and stepping to the 1550m, team Hawkes look to have found a very winnable race on Wednesday with this three-year-old who won two of four starts in his first campaign and finished top three in the other two outings.
Yukon appeared a very straight forward galloper in that first campaign, saluting on debut in a fast run affair at Wyong and finished his summer with an all the way win at Moonee Valley when dictating proceedings from the front over a mile.
Wide throughout in a strong BM78 in May, the son of Vancouver did have excuses fresh and boxing on well for second behind Bring The Ransom (runner-up on Saturday) following that on July 7, he should only strip fitter, especially given the gap between those runs.
VINERY STUD HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 7 No. 2 Exceltic
Returning as a gelding on June 11 last year, he closed strongly over the five furlongs and with good late market support, arguably should've beaten Invincible Lad, but did defeat Salina Dreaming in the process (now a dual city winner).
Exceltic got the victory he deserved second-up and although had some excuses following that, was much more dynamic over his first two performances, so catching him early in a campaign could be the key (all career wins have come either first or second-up).
While we had to get the result in the steward's room, he saluted first-up last campaign for us at big odds over the 1100m on a wet track, a similar set-up to this Wednesday and if they're getting off the fence late in the card, it'll only help his chances.