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Ladbrokes Blog: Randwick-Kensington Preview: 12th June 2024

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Randwick-Kensington plays host to NSW’s major metro meeting on Wednesday with seven races to choose from.

Picture: TAS Racing

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Wet weather in Sydney has already created havoc with the track currently rated a Heavy 9 at time of publish. 

Our thoughts and selections ahead of every race can be found below. 

RACE 1 - 12:50PM: JAMES SQUIRE HANDICAP (1150 METRES)

Choice Legend plugged away down the centre of the straight to run third first-up at Hawkesbury last month over a similar trip. 

The daughter of Extreme Choice is still searching for her first win but does own a placing to her name on a rain-affected track at Newcastle on debut last year. 

There were excuses on offer last start from a wide gate, but now that Tyler Schiller has a good feel in the saddle, the pair should figure prominently up on the speed and take serious catching. 

1 Unit Choice Legend 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 1  

RACE 2 - 1:25PM: TAB HANDICAP (1150 METRES)

Mostro is a promising Waterhouse-Bott three-year-old having his third start off a lengthy spell. 

The son of Japanese Group 1 winner Maurice has had his runs spaced over the last 12 months, last seen racing at Rosehill during the spring when placing second to subsequent Stakes winner, Arctic Glamour. 

Trial-wise, his latest hit-out at Randwick couldn't have been more impressive, making up big ground down the outside to finish over the top. 

Drawn well with Regan Bayliss sticking, he appeals in a thin race. 

1 Unit Mostro 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 2  

RACE 3 - 2:00PM: HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP (2400 METRES)

The Chris Waller-trained Kadavar was unplaced in the Group 3 Rough Habit at Doomben three weeks ago where he was never given much of a chance from a very sticky draw. 

Happy to go on his previous form at Eagle Farm when beaten only narrowly over 1800m where he let down well from midfield to go close. 

A half to former VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound, he's bred to eat up these longer staying trips and also gets in nicely with 3kg off under Kerrin McEvoy. 

1 Unit Kadavar (Each Way) 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 3  

RACE 4 - 2:35PM: TOYOTA FORKLIFTS PLATE (1400 METRES)

Jawharat Dubai owns a handful of placings at this level despite the fact she's still searching for her maiden win. 

Annabel Neasham's filly has cashed a cheque in her last five starts, her latest effort at Newcastle being a strong piece of work when racing across heels and charging late in wet conditions. 

A truly heavy track might test her, but with the blinkers on and James McDonald engaged this time from a perfect gate, there's a bit to like about her chances. 

1 Unit Jawharat Dubai 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 4  

RACE 5 - 3:10PM: TRIPLE TIME @ DARLEY HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

Mafia has each-way claims in one of the more open races on the program. 

The Snowden-trained three-year-old has mixed his form over his short career, resuming for just the one start during the spring where he was fourth in a small field at Warwick Farm. 

The wide gate makes this a slightly tricky assignment, but his latest trial win at Randwick suggested he could be in for a big prep. 

Competing with the blinkers off for the first time with solid wet-track form to match, a top three finish could be on the cards. 

1 Unit Mafia (Each Way) 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 5  

RACE 6 - 3:45PM: TRIPLE TIME @ DARLEY HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

Ningaloo Star comes back to compete at midweek level after finding excuses at Rosehill a fortnight ago over much shorter. 

The daughter of Deep Field copped some interference in the run home and was clearly wanting further, weakening over the final 100m to finish down the order. 

Her previous win here at Kensington was full of merit though, lapping up the heavy conditions to lead out of the turn and race away. 

It's worth noting she's won only once from five starts over 1400m, but with superior wet track form compared to her rivals, there's a case to be made for her with the large claim in effect. 

1 Unit Ningaloo Star 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 6  

RACE 7 - 4:20PM: ROBRICK LODGE HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Pure Alpha looks one of the better bets on Wednesday's program. 

Chris Waller sent this boy around at Warwick Farm three weeks ago where he was super honest all the way to the line, just beaten by Able Willie over his final few strides. 

J-Mac sticking is an enormous plus, particularly from a much better gate. 

Likely to handle the wet conditions, he should be a big improver with that first-up run under his belt. 

1 Unit Pure Alpha 

  BET NOW: Kensington Race 7  


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