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Today's Racing Preview with Chris Scholtz: 15th May 2024

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Selections and best bets from Chris Scholtz for the Randwick Kensington meeting on May 15 plus Trial Watch and Blackbook Reports.

BUNKER HUT winning at Rosehill
BUNKER HUT winning at Rosehill Picture: Steve Hart


TRACK RATING: Heavy 9; RAIL: 3 metres entire circumference

Best Bet

RACE 7: (9) BESTOWER: Coming off a strong country win. Appeals as a rapid improver.

For Value

RACE 4: (5) THE GREAT HOUDINI: Improved by two conditioning runs. Distance suits.


RACE 1: (3) MEGASTAR HEART; (2) Mr Artemisia; (1) Smashing Time; (12) Mizella

RACE 2: SWEET PROPOSAL; (2) Lenape Vibe; (11) Vivezza; (12) Wild Gypsy

RACE 3: ((7) CAPTAIN FURAI; (1) Franz Josef; (5) Vanquished; (13) Verbil

RACE 4: (5) THE GREAT HOUDINI; (1) Mars Mission; (3) Rebel Shadow; (2) Bill The Boxer

RACE 5: (2) NINGALOO STAR; (9) Silent Raindrops; (7) Star Impact; (3) Smart Little Miss

RACE 6: (2) CHATEAUX PARK; (3) Jacob's Time; (4) Cable Express; (6) Condrieu

RACE 7: (9) BESTOWER; (1) Yet He Moves; (2) Allhallowtide; (8) Zerkhan

RACE 8: (5) BUNKER HUT; (4) Rhythm Of Love; (8) Space Age; (7) Naiconi


Chris Scholtz takes a look ahead with Track Watch and Blackbook Reports covering eligible entries for meetings from May 8th to May 11th.

IOWNA MERC Picture: Steve Hart



KENSINGTON WEDNESDAY: Vivezza (R2); Franz Josef (R3)

GOSFORD THURSDAY: Declichy Boulevard (R2); Duck Egg Blue (R3); Zealously (R3); Norton Road (R9)

SCONE FRIDAY: Kerguelen (R2); Tulle (R2); Coco Dreaming (R4); Fourth Spargo (R4); Rag Queen (R5); Need Some Luck (R7); How Dare You (R7); Nugget (R8); Sibaaq (R8)

SCONE SATURDAY: Aroha Stone (R3); Need Some Luck (R5); Commemorative (R6); Zia (R6); Insurrection (R7); Bacchanalia (R7); With Your Blessing (R7); Iowna Merc (R7); Legio Ten (R10); Junqueira (R10)

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Kerguelen; Pink Cashmere; Norton Road; Turned Down; Choice Legend

DOOMBEN SATURDAY: Miraval Rose (R3); Sibaaq (R5); Mazu (R8); Stefi Magnetica (R8); Power Ballard; Zia


WARWICK FARM May 7 (Polytrack): As always it's hard to read a lot into poly but this session served the purpose for the likes of MAZU,as he prepares for the Brisbane carnival. He was working well within himself for fourth in the fastest open heat over 740m. The heat winners to make an impression included the previously noted KERGUELEN (44.33; 33.54).

ROSEHILL May 2: Expect some nice late season winners to come out of this session. FRANZ JOSEF was an impressive winner of his first two starts early in the season and a strong win in the fastest open heat over 1030m (62.78; 34.66) points to this Snitzel 3YO making it in better grades. Travelled easily outside the leader and worked well within himself to take the upper hand in the closing stages. Heat winners with good prospects going forward include VIVEZZA.

RANDWICK April 30: A strong session that will produce good winter winners. Promising Rubick 3YO NEED SOME LUCK has been off the scene since October but is set to make up for lost time judging by his impressive fourth in a strong 1050m heat won by the classy INSURRECTION in fast time (61.94; 33.72). This was his second trial since returning to work and his strong work through the line under no pressure augers well for his immediate prospects. Harry Angel colt ZEALOUSLY showed he has come on in the right style from his first start in January with a dominant win his1050m heat (62.92; 34.28), doing it easily under a hold and under no pressure to hold off the chasers. Looks capable of big improvement.

WARWICK FARM April 26: Nice conditioning trialsfrom the G1 performer NUGGET and BACCHANALIA, who was a strong winner of his 801m heat (47.48; 33.50) in his first trial for his new trainer Richard Litt. I'm not a fan of polytrack trials but it there was plenty to like about the way the heat winner TULLE went about his business.

CANTERBURY April 19: IOWNA MERC had his first trial since December and you wouldn't see a better piece of work from a sprinter preparing for a winter campaign. Settled at the rear before peeling to the outside at the 400m and letting down with a super turn of foot to run past his rivals with ease and cruise through the line more than two lengths clear in the fastest of the five 905m heats (55.41; 35.55). Impressive work from another good sprinter INSURRECTION, leading his 905m heat (55.93; 35.44) under a big hold and working easily to the line to win with plenty in reserve.

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Bat Out Of Hell; Setombe; Unleeshing; Navy Blood; Pink Baroque; Be Real; Glenbower; Clean Energy; Emirate; Zoe's Promise; Contemporary; Rise Of The Masses; Parisal; Graceful Artist; Lizzie's Gem; Spring Lee; Waterford; Highlights; Ikasara; Redbreast; Jedibeel; Call Me Gorgeous; Battle Of Vienna; Perfumist; Overpass

Estadio Mestalla
Estadio Mestalla  Picture: Steve Hart



IPSWICH WEDNESDAY: Quarantine Dreams (R5); Lumens Lenny (R5)

BLACKBOOKERS – Selected May 11

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ARQANA (Melbourne): Worked home in good style.

CRACKERJACK PRINCE (Melbourne): Will find something to suit over longer.

ESTADIO MESTALLA (Sydney): Will be placed in suitable races through the winter months.

PIGGYBACK (Sydney): Looking for more ground.

YELLOW BRICK (Brisbane): Tough run. Sure to be fitter.

ZOULAR (Brisbane): Watch for this one in a maiden!

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Shock Em Ova; Hezashocka; Let'sbefrankbaby; Hollywood Hero; Skybird; Seonee; Tojaki; Quothquan; Circle Of Fire; Miss Joelene; Terra Mater; He's Our Bonneval; Riff Rocket; Elettrica; Strawberry Rock; Fearless; Commemorative; Illative; Etna Rosso; Pasima; Sir Atlas; Territory Express

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