Wed, Jan 23, 11:01am by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the seven race program at Kembla Grange on Wednesday, January 23
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R1: Cleary Bros Pty Ltd Handicap(1000m)
A very small field of six to get the meeting under way with the only first-starter in the field getting the nod here with the Chris Waller-trained No 2. Casual Choice, a recent barrier trial winner. No 1. Weepu a last start runner up over 1100m for David Payne should also be running on late, not sure if the 1000m is too short. Chances also must be given to No 6. Cordelia who races first-up for Gerald Ryan and No 3. Ivanhoe who is also first-up with a good first-up record.
R2: Dapto Leagues Club Handicap(1400m)
Putting the Paul Messara-trained Street Sense colt No 4. Sensing as the top pick here. The most expensive yearling sold by his sire to date in Australia, the three-year-old is second up here after a debut fourth placing over 1350m a few weeks back. The Chris Waller-trained No 6. Phaton Willie was a last start third over 1200m off the back of a barrier trial victory and looks a likely improver here, while the Gerald Ryan-trained No 3. Sea Warrior finished second last time out to the likely stakes horse Knoydart and should not be discounted. Putting in No 1. Fob Dubai another from the Waller yard who is always there abouts.
R3: Heathcote Newspower Handicap (1600m)
The Graeme Spackman-trained No 2. Via Facile is a model of consistency, having recorded four wins and four second placed finishes from his last 10 starts. Set to appreciate the 1600m, John O’Shea’s runner No 4. Art Thou Ready continues to run on at each of his starts. No 6. Sandrio a last start third after winning the start prior to that should put in a decent effort at the 1600m again, while No 3. Flight Of Pegasus a good winner last time out over the mile must be included.
R4: Links Shell Cove Handicap(1400m)
One of the largest fields of the day sees the best bred runner of the day in the Paul Messara-trained No 5. Perfect Tempo. A Redoute’s Choice filly out the multiple Group One winner Special Harmony, this filly has had two trials with her latest effort a handy second behind stakes filly Urban Groove. Joe Pride’s runner No 7. Unimpeachable, a nicely bred three-year-old Bradbury’s Luck filly Making her debut last start, the filly finished a length second over 1200m at Wyong – the step up in trip should suit. Putting in No 14. Red Roses Too from the Grahame Begg stable as a live chance based on form to date, with No 13. True Grace also not without claims.
R5: True Blue Chemicals Handicap(1400m)
Going with No 8. Darci Drama as the best bet of the day. From the Waterhouse stable, this four-year-old mare came home very well last time out for second over 1350m and the 1400m looks ideal. No 2. La Comedienne, a consistent Commands mare from the Kerry Parker stable goes in as the second pick – with four top three finishes from eight starts at the distance. No 1. Alesteem being in good form of late and with an apprentice claim, she should run well, as should No 11. Great Dansaar from the Bjorn Baker stable.
R6: Kohen, Jordan And Adams Handicap(2400m)
A field of nine to contest the sixth on the card with the Peter Snowden-trained No 2. Tunes a last start winner over 2100m at Wyong looking a good option. Hardest for Tunes to defeat is No 1. Agent Bauer who gets good weight relief for the apprentice on board, while No 10. Monsieur Marceau from the Kerry Parker stable is in good recent form with a last start victory over 2000m. Putting in No 3. Power Broker trained by Gai Waterhouse as the fourth selection – can never discount a runner from this stable over a staying trip.
R7: Corporate Members Race Day Handicap(1200m)
A large and tricky field to finish the day with the Chris Waller-trained No 2. Senta D’Amour on top. With six scratched from the race, the four-year-old gelding does come into barrier 14, but is still the widest of them all. No 9. Braggart from the Paul Messara stable put in a poor effort last time out, but form before that was good. Mark de Monfort’s runner here No 3. Setgo is working into form and cannot be discounted, while No 15. School Of Turin is looking for some luck, finishing second or third at his last six starts.
Best On Breeding: Race 4, No 5. Perfect Tempo 3yo f. (Redoute’s Choice x Special Harmony, by Spinning World). Redoute’s Choice needs no introduction, while Special Harmony is the winner of Group One VRC Oaks, MRC Thousand Guineas and the STC Arrowfield Stud Stakes. She is already the dam of the of the three-time Listed winner Little Surfer Girl.
Best Bet: Race 5, No 8. Darci Drama – what odds with IASBET?
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