This Saturday’s Sydney meeting will be held at Randwick-Kensington. The course proper was rated a Heavy 8 on Thursday and with overcast weather in Sydney over the next couple of days, Kensington will border on Soft-Heavy condition on raceday.
The in-form apprentice Louise Day can combine with Montefilia to take out the opening event at Kensington (Sydney Race 1, 1400m). This David Payne-trained 2YO won on debut over this trip (1400m) at Newcastle before a creditable 4th in the Group 3 Baillieu Stakes in the Autumn. First-up over 1400m should suit and the filly can handle the wet. After the 3kg claim from Day, Montefilia will only be carrying 53.5kg. From barrier 7, Day will go forward and sit just behind the leaders and Montefilia will fly down the middle of the Kensington track and be hard to catch.
The Waller-trained Savigne can continue her good form in the Schweppes Handicap (Sydney Race 4, 1800m). The 4YO mare won 1st up over 1550m on a Heavy 9 track at Canterbury before finishing 2nd last start over this track & trip on 1st July. Savigne is in form, she can handle the wet tracks and has a good record at Kensington having never missed a place from 3 starts at the venue. With a riding triple last Saturday, Jason Collett is looking to continue his winning form on Savigne. With a fair bit of pace in the race, Collett should be able to slice in to sit somewhere mid-field and Savigne is going to finish over the top of this field.
Chris Waller has three runners in the Quincy Seltzer Handicap and Matowi looks the best chance amongst them (Sydney Race 5, 1800m). This 4YO gelding finished a close 2nd to High Opinion last start over 1800m at Randwick and there will be a 2kg turnaround at the weight against that horse on Saturday. Staying at 1800m is ideal and a strong rider like Brenton Avdulla should suit. Avdulla is likely to settle towards the tail of the field and a good pace in the race will ensure Matowi finishing the race off strongly.
By Owens Wong, Editor