RANVET HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 3 No. 5 Justitia
Although she was still quite raw, it was a nice debut back in March last year, but following two subsequent flops, was tipped out and given plenty of time to mature ahead of her return at Newcastle in November.
Unsuited on a few occasions to start that campaign and getting fitter with each run, the penny finally dropped for Justitia in February and she cashed right in, putting together four consecutive victories, ending her preparation with a huge win in Queensland.
The two Provincial efforts in June were fair prior to her 2000m attempt at Taree with 61.5kg where she chased well to just miss in a blanket finish, and dropping 6kg for this rise in grade, she now gets a senior hoop on along with a soft draw.
DARLEY SUPPORTING CATWALK HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Randwick-Kensington Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Armatree
With all of his key rivals coming out of Provincial races barring No Laughing Matter, a filly that only has form on heavy tracks, this looks a nice opportunity for this returning three-year-old from the Peter & Paul Snowden stable.
Armatree was well supported via his debut on the Randwick-Kensington circuit in May last year where he sustained a wide run from the rear for an eventual fourth-placed finish, building from that to produce a tough win at start two in early June.
The son of Vancouver had one further run in December, finishing third to Private Eye (subsequent Group winner) and while he's had a slight setback, his July 19 trial at Hawkesbury was faultless in the fastest 1000m heat that morning.
CHINA HORSE CLUB HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Randwick-Kensington Best Bet - Race 5 No. 3 Soami
This gelding joined the Matthew Dunn stable ahead of this winter preparation and he has certainly improved if his two most recent outings are any indication, winning first-up at Provincials with 59.5kg despite a wide run at Kembla Grange.
A half-brother to Stakes winners Miss Solis and Setsuna, Soami ventured to town for his second-up tilt and was a clear eye-catcher in that 1100m attempt at Canterbury, bursting out of the pack late to just miss behind Turnstyle on a Heavy 9.
That winner was only reeled in late on July 24 at BM78 level and better suited on firmer going this Wednesday, the four-year-old now gets the services of an in-form Hugh Bowman, who is striking at 43% in July and recorded a winning hat-trick last Saturday.
TAB HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 8 No. 9 Silent Tryst
Hawkesbury trainer Matthew Vella is getting a few of these Go Bloodstock gallopers and is doing quite well, having recorded two wins and three seconds from just the seven starts with this daughter of Sebring who arrives here second-up.
Silent Tryst resumed on July 1 at her home circuit and was a late betting drifter for that 1300m assignment ($3.40-$4.40) where she only balanced up late in proceedings, doing clearly her best work over the last 50m to be beaten just over two lengths in the finish.
While she can handle soft going, with a turn-of-foot that's been present over her short journey to date, I'm keen to see her on firmer ground and the blinkers have been applied following a tick-over trial on July 19 where again she was strong late.