It’s pretty unusual that Randwick (Kensington) is racing on a Thursday but that’s exactly the scenario we have in front of us. All the big names are out in force and our top tip comes out of the powerful Godolphin stable. This horse looks like it is bursting to win a race!
The Kensington track is a Good 4 with the rail true.
A few first starters in this one but taking a punt on SINGLE BLONDE beginning her career on a high. She is by Not A Single Doubt and trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott who have been absolutely flying of late. Single Blond won her only official trial to date at Gosford over 800m, sitting behind the leader before finishing too well down the straight. Drawn three, she should get a similar run and will take holding out.
1st: No5 SINGLE BLONDE 2nd: No2 Blazing Miss; 3rd: No6 Tenley; 4th: No3 Chelsea Reign
THAT SONG was brave in defeat last time out and comes into this with two runs under his belt. Was trapped three-wide on the speed at Randwick on Cup Day but still hit the front midway down the straight, only for Nordicus to take all the shortcuts and beat him home. That race has proven hot with Secret Legend, which was unplaced, coming out and winning at Canterbury last Friday. Hasn’t been done any favours with the barrier (13) but Sam Weatherley’s claim means he only carries 57.5kgs. Will go forward and be hard to beat.
1st: No1 THAT SONG 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No12 Kashiwa; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No14 Home Scene; 4th: No5 Aurman Zou
Today could be the day for THE BANDIT (NEXT BEST). The former Japanese galloper has finished second at his past two starts, the latest of those last Saturday against Tamarack at Rosehill. Trainer Richard Freedman has chosen the quick back-up for his seven-year-old who is knocking on the door for a win. Ran second to Heartlet at this track two runs ago when giving the winner 5.5 kgs – he meets that galloper 2.5kgs better here. Will settle midfield and should be looming dangerously in the home straight. The Freedman stable is also firing after a winning treble last Saturday.
1st: No3 THE BANDIT 2nd: No1 Mazaz; 3rd: No2 Equipped; 4th: No8 Eerised
MISS INVINCIBLE is worth another go in this. Maps to be on the speed and should be there fighting out the finish. This Bjorn Baker-trained filly raced outside Whiskey Shooter on the Kenso back on October 31, hitting the front on straightening but fading slightly in the final 100 metres. Gets the benefit of a 2kg claim here for Jean Van Overmeire and from gate four, expect the pair to be either in front or close to the speed. Hard to toss.
1st: No1 MISS INVINCIBLE 2nd: No4 He’s Super Lucky; 3rd: No7 Kedah; 4th: No6 Buckin’ Beauty
BALLER was heavily backed last time out and we are taking a punt by backing up on him again. Was sensationally supported at Rosehill on November 10, being backed to beat the talented Royal Celebration. The son of High Chapaarral found the front and sped along but went way too keenly for his own good, eventually finishing fourth. The drop back in distance and the booking of experienced jockey Tommy Berry are big pluses. Worth another chance.
1st: No8 BALLER 2nd: No2 Discussions; 3rd: No1 Bravissimo; 4th: No4 Groundbreak
Giving NAI’A (BEST BET) one more chance over a distance I think will suit her. The Godolphin mare has finished third to Vinnie Power at her past two starts. The latest of those was a fortnight back and she really hit the line hard after sitting midfield in running. If the race was another 50 metres she would’ve won easily. The extra 250 metres plays to her favour here after she savaged the line last time. Hard to beat.
1st: No4 NAI’A 2nd: No1 Aurora Rose; 3rd: No2 Missybeel; 4th: No3 Toryjoy
ELLIE’S ENCORE can take advantage of barrier one to get the cash in the final event on the program. Comes into this having gone to Saturday metro company and finishing eighth to Falerina at Rosehill on November 10. Drops back in class this time and did win at this track/distance two runs ago. Likes to race on the speed and will be prominent throughout.
1st: No2 ELLIE’S ENCORE 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No7 Connemara; 3rd: No1 All Stand; 4th: No4 All Too Royal