HEINEKEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 3)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 3 No. 4 Hi Hi Hi
Trainer Gary Portelli prepares this speedy filly who bolted in on debut back in January at a big price, defeating a host of winners including Larkspur Run, who then placed behind a subsequent Group winner in O'President before recording back-to-back victories.
Well held, although not disgraced behind Profiteer and She's All Class before a spell, Hi Hi Hi won a trial by a big space on July 23 before a first-up attempt in Melbourne at Group Three level where she did pull up lame, so there were definite excuses for the poor showing.
Back to Sydney and toppling all the way back in grade to a three-year-old BM64, the daughter of Winning Rupert will be suited by a track with a little more sting out of it and ideally under an aggressive Hugh Bowman, she should be much more competitive at this level.
THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Randwick-Kensington Best Bet - Race 4 No. 3 Majella
This mare from the Matthew Smith yard got the chocolates for us at Newcastle as our best bet on that card, holding of a field that included Big Surprise, a dominant winner at Gosford last Friday, but unfortunately the breaks never came on August 21.
She was held-up for the majority of the run home in a 1600m Midway she arguably wins with even luck and they resisted the temptation to try her over 1800m this Saturday, with the seven-year-old also scratched from a 78 last Saturday at Kembla Grange,
With her nice first-up run her on July 21 in a good form race that continues to stack up and following that with her first ever second-up victory, Majella going as well as ever and as fourth-up winner in December, she's very well placed to repeat that dose on Wednesday.
VINERY STUD HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Randwick-Kensington Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 9 Morioka
There's a query with any early season three-year-old taking on older rivals fresh in the spring, however, with a stack of easier options around including a Hawkesbury Maiden on Tuesday that she was scratched from, Chris Waller clearly has an opinion of this girl.
A superbly bred filly by the Japanese champion Maurice and out of Koonoomoo, a Group Three winner, Morioka's breeding doesindicate she should get at least a mile, and off a good trial, the second of two August hit outs, the 1300m is a perfect starting point.
That breeding also doesn't suggest a gun two-year-old, so what she's shown to date has had merit, including a Listed third when three-wide the trip in Brisbane and with Sydney's leading James McDonald taking the reins, she should get every chance from gate two.
TAB HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Randwick-Kensington Value Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Nikohli Beagle
While he has been far from disgracing himself in four subsequent runs, I think this gelding has been a shade disappointing overall following a dominant fresh win at Warwick Farm, a performance which suggested at least he should've won a BM78 winner over the winter.
There have been some excuses, however, as while he can certainly handle a Soft track, that turn-of-foot wasn't evident in two Heavy track attempts, with Nikohli Beagle improving in his last two efforts, which have both been on good ground.
Looming as the winner before a competitive midfield finish in a Saturday BM78 on August 7, this is a much easier assignment where aside from Sky Command, a filly who is still in her first prep and has only saluted on heavy ground, there isn't much quality in the field.