Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Kensington

The Daily Telegraph’s Ray Thomas is confident a speedy daughter of I Am Invincible will to prove too quick for her rivals while a Godolphin filly will appreciate a drop in grade.

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Race 3, No.4: SKEDADDLE

Skedaddle is loaded with natural speed and should be too fast for her rivals over the 1000m dash. A brilliant winner of successive barrier trials, she is trained up for her return and should protect her unbeaten record.



Mollycoddle is a genuine filly who produced an amazing effort to overcome a slow getaway and finished powerfully to win first-up at Canterbury. Her flop at stakes level last start should be forgotten as she is placed to advantage here.



Bentley Magic has been improved by recent racing and the set-up of this race suits him. He gets the run of the race from his inside draw, the distance suits, so does the track rating, and he’s at backable odds.


Race4: 2,3,4,5

Race 5: 3,4,6

Race 6: 3,4,5,12

Race 7: 4,6,7,9

With several good rides, Kerrin McEvoy looks a good chance for the Jockey’s Challenge at Kensington Wednesday. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Kerrin McEvoy has six good rides including Retrieval (Race 1), Mura Mura (Race 2) and Skedaddle (Race 3).


Godolphin’s James Cummings can bookend the Kensington meeting with Retrieval (Race 1) and Mollycoddle or Tamerlane (Race 7). Cummings also has chances with Glittery and Tanzimat (Race 2).



This is a deep juvenile opener. Retrieval was well backed on debut when seventh at Listed level earlier this season. He was slow to begin, settled back at the rear of the field, followed the fence and didn’t get a lot of galloping room in the straight. The Godolphin youngster hasn’t raced since but his recent Gosford trial effort when a closing third over 800m was pleasing. In an open race, Retrieval should be hard to beat. Plenty of dangers including Breeders Plate runner-up Construct who is trialling the house down. Lucky Sun has the right formlines and race fitness on his side. Huesca is another who has looked the part in barrier trials.

Bet: Retrieval each-way, box trifecta 1,4,6,7


Duchy Of Savoy showed promise at her only start when she ran on strongly late to just miss a place in a Blue Diamond Preview earlier this year. The Team Hawkes-trained filly resumes here but there was a lot to like about her good second to the very promising Espiona in a recent Rosehill trial. I’m very wary of Mura Mura. She was placed in the Kirkham Plate and Golden Gift earlier this season and is first-up after two nice trial efforts. Forzanini was three-wide without cover and should have finished closer than fifth at Canterbury last start. She is drawn to get the right run. Falsetto has shown natural ability at the barrier trials and should run well on debut despite her awkward draw.

Bet: Box trifecta 3,4,6,10

Duchy Of Savoy (Light Blue) finished fourth in Blue Diamond Preview at her only start. Photo: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Skedaddle is a very fast filly who led throughout to score comfortably on debut over 1100m on this track back in February. She was spelled after that win but has ripped around Randwick winning two barrier trials with ease in recent weeks. Skedaddle is well suited over 1000m first-up and should be too brilliant for her rivals. Sixgun has ability but does a few things wrong in his races. He has been beaten as favourite in both starts this campaign but is rock-hard fit and will be closing on Skedaddle late in the race. Kinloch is another who will be charging home but is looking for further than 1000m. Embeller is an each-way chance.

Bet: Skedaddle to win


So Wicked led throughout to win at Canterbury three starts back then probably found 2100m just beyond her at Gosford before trying hard when unplaced in Saturday class at Rosehill. She was in the race for a long way last start before conceding ground in the final 100m. Back to midweek grade and should be able to lead or settle on pace controlling the tempo. The one to beat. Time Raid was working into the race but was held up for a couple of strides near the 100m when unplaced at Canterbury. Suited here and is likely to get the run of the race. My Swashbuckler is another back to his right grade and distance favoured by a good draw. Jungle Book finished strongly to win at Warwick Farm and rates highly.

Bet: So Wicked to win, saver on My Swashbuckler at odds


Another open race but Bentley Magic is working his way back into form and should go close. He was doing his best work on the line when fifth to Zell at Warwick Farm over 1400m and the extra distance here is no issue. Well suited with the claim and should get every chance from his inside draw. Reinvest is the one to beat. He comes out of the same Warwick Farm race as Bentley Magic, finishing about a length behind his rival. Reinvest was resuming that day and will be fitter. His form when last in work was promising. Olympic Legend races well on this track and is peaking now after two good runs this campaign. Lisdoonvarna is another who likes this track.

Bet: Bentley Magic each-way, watch betting moves for Reinvest

Bentley Magic (Lime jacket) will appreciate a step up in distance and looks an each-way chance. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph


Hibiscus Lady indicated she was in for a good preparation when a close fourth behind Nikohli Beagle at Warwick Farm. She has a good second-up record, races well this track and is nicely in after the claim. The only downside is her outside draw. Accelerato did well to upset Sixgun when resuming then went to Saturday grade and was competitive finishing fifth behind Lillemor and Malkovich in a strong form race. Placed to advantage here and should get every chance from his good draw. Gin ‘N’ Bitters has a good strike-rate in Queensland and James McDonald in the saddle. Veteran Neretva is in good form.

Bet: Box trifecta 3,4,5,12


Mollycoddle overcame a slow start and stormed home for a brilliant first-up win at Canterbury then failed at stakes level at Rosehill. She has had a tick-over trial since and can bounce back to form in this easier grade. Kaptive is eligible for easier races but he has shown promise and comes off an impressive trial at Rosehill suggesting he is ready to sprint well fresh. Strawb has the ability to win a race like this but she is inclined to mix her form. Tamerlane scored a strong first-up win at Gosford and is a young horse with plenty of upside.

Bet: Mollycoddle to win

Originally published asKensington tips: Mollycoddle to pamper punters

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