ASTERN @ DARLEY PLATE Tips (Race 2)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 2 No. 8 Vindication
There was good late money for this colt prior to his debut at Wyong ($11.00-$6.50) and along with lacking key race experience in that July 20 event, not a whole lot went right for the son of Deep Field who now gets the winkers applied ahead of start two.
In what appeared to be quite a strong two-year-old Provincial Maiden (quicker last 600m/two lengths faster overall than the Class 1), Vindication began a little awkwardly before finding a back to follow, but was inconvenienced by Mabel (subsequent winner) late.
A galloper that should take plenty of improvement from that outing, he had won a 740m trial in slick time prior to a fourth in a fast run heat at Canterbury on July 4 when working to the line behind a trio of rivals who have all won races.
HEINEKEN PLATE Tips (Race 3)
Randwick-Kensington Best Bet - Race 3 No. 10 Trifaccia
This raw and long striding filly had no idea what the racing caper was about in her February 17 debut, but improved sharply at start two with a third in the Reisling Stakes, flashing home in a Group Two that she easily should've won.
Outside of Anamoe, I felt she may well have been the most talented last season two-year-old from the Godolphin crop, although just lacked the maturity to deliver in that first racing campaign, so expecting improvement as a three-year-old this time in.
James McDonald was aboard for a strong July 19 trial at Hawkesbury and he takes the race day engagement for Trifaccia, while at big odds ($21.00 @ Winnersbet
), the Waller-trained Kipsbay is worth thought if you're chasing a small saver/exotic option, a colt that has trialled much better than those odds suggest.
VINERY STUD HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Randwick-Kensington Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 5 Nags To Riches
Set to return in her third racing preparation off an excellent trial is this mare from the Brad Widdup yard, a trainer that is coming off a profitable month for punters with an ROI of 93% from five winners prepared in July (strike rate of 18%).
With a slightly more aggressive ride at start two, the daughter of Written Tycoon would have been unbeaten from her first three starts, with comfortable first-up victories coming either side of that second to Ballistic Lover, a rival she again faced at Listed level back in May.
That mare put in a big personal best on that occasion, but whacking away in third was Nags to Riches who was narrowly reeled in by Majestic Shot (won a BM78 at her next start), but she held off Expat in the process (won her next starts at BM78 level), with that form reading superbly for this BM72.