September 30: 6 Horses to Watch at Ballarat and Kensington

There are plenty of progressive types going around midweek with the possibility of moving to bigger and better things if they can impress on Wednesday at Ballarat and Randwick Kensington.

Let’s take a look at a few that could boost the bank before Saturday’s Epsom Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap, and Turnbull Stakes.

Race 1 – Maiden Plate – 1600m

Crackerjack Prince ($4) is a must watch after his flashing light run on debut in Geelong, where he was held up before coming home very strongly over 1400m.

Now up to the mile, he looks very tough to beat, especially with the Geelong form franked by eight-placed Cetshwayo winning last week at Flemington.

Another one to watch in the race is Mick Price’s Redwood Shadow ($3.20), who worked home well late to place behind Caulfield Guineas contender Cambourne on debut.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Crackerjack Prince at $4.

Watch: Crackerjack Prince fly home late to finish second on debut.

 

Race 6 – Class 1 Handicap – 1200m

Housay was a short-priced favourite on debut at Wodonga and certainly lived up to the skinny quote, never looking troubled in transit and extending in the straight to score a stylish win.

He’s back at a similar price and I’m happy to be on him again up against a field of this caliber.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Housay at $2.40.

Watch: Housay score a stylish debut win at Wodonga.

 

 

Race 8 – Benchmark 70 Handicap – 1400m

It’s worth keeping an eye on Sanctimonious for the Tony McEvoy operation, he ran in the McNeil Stakes and the Danehill Stakes in 2018 before running behind Cambourne after two years away from the track.

Is now second up and will obviously be better for the run, and is at a nice $8/$2.80 each way price.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Sanctimonious each way at $8/$2.80.

Randwick

Race 4 – Benchmark 72 Handicap – 1250m

I watched Kiwi Avadane’s first Australian run with interest, as she’s got form around Quick Thinker, Harlech, and Jennifer Eccles. She did enough on debut and should improve with added fitness second up, and is at a big price for a small each way play.

Verdict: I’ll be having something small each way on Avadane at $20/$5.50.

Race 5 – Benchmark 72 Handicap – 1800m

Badoosh won well at Rosehill over this trip at the BM78 level and looks very well suited up against this level of opposition. Has drifted from the early quote – possibly due to the 61.5kg – and we’re getting $3.30 now, so I’m happy to have something on at that price.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Badoosh at $3.30.

Watch: Badoosh win strongly last start.

Author: Will Guest

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.

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