The Kembla Grange stand-alone meeting will be held this Saturday (20th Nov). The course proper was rated a Soft 6 on Thursday and with light showers forecast for the Illawarra area leading up to the weekend, Kembla is likely to remain in the Soft range on raceday.
The very consistent Satin Ribbons can make it three wins on the trot in the Canadian Club BM778 Handicap (Kembla Grange Race 3, 1000m). The 3YO filly resumed with a win in a 900m BM64 race at Newcastle before Tommy Berry took her to victory over 1000m at Randwick last start on 2nd November. Fitter again being 3rd up on Saturday and Berry will once again be on board. Drawn beautifully in barrier 5, Berry will go forward and Satin Ribbons could prove hard to catch.
The Bjorn Baker-trained Malkovich will have conditions to suit in the inaugural running of The Warra (Kembla Grange Race 7, 1000m). The Choisir 4YO has come back well this campaign finishing 2nds in both black-type runs over 1000m in Melbourne. Malkovich has a terrific record at 1000m with three wins and two 2nds from five attempts at the trip and he can handle any track conditions. In-form hoop James McDonald will take over the rein on Saturday. Having the advantage of drawing gate 1, McDonald can hug the rail and go straight to the lead and Malkovich is the one they all have to run down.
Top weight I Am Superman is the highest rated horse in The Gong and he should run accordingly (Kembla Grange Race 8, 1600m). The Team Snowden-trained 6YO has two starts this campaign in the Premiere Stakes and the Classique Legend Stakes, against ‘The Everest’ horses Masked Crusader, Eduardo and Lost And Running. And The Everest form have been holding up very well. I Am Superman had previously won over the mile and he can handle any track conditions. Having drawn the rail (gate 1), Tommy Berry will settle just behind the pace on the fence. With a massive drop in grade on Saturday, the class of I Am Superman will prevail in The Gong.
By Owens Wong, Editor