Smart Image and Aim clash at Kensington meeting


Trainer Peter Snowden concedes the clash between classy three-year-olds Smart Image and Aim is unavoidable at Randwick’s Kensington meeting.

“They are both getting ready for the (Magic Millions) Guineas in a couple of weeks so they need to run,’’ Snowden said. “It’s not an ideal situation but hopefully they will both run well.’’

The Snowden stablemates are taking on older horses but they dominate TAB Fixed Odds betting with Smart Image early favourite at $2.40 and Aim is next at $6.

Smart Image, winner of three of his four starts including a dynamic comeback win at Canterbury, is entitled to favouritism as he is proven on soft tracks, but there remains a query on Aim’s ability to get through rain-affected conditions.

“I think the track will be about a heavy 8,’’ said Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son, Paul.

“Smart Image is definitely better on top of the ground but he does get through soft going.

“His only defeat was on a bog and perhaps he had had enough that day so it’s not conclusive that he doesn’t handle heavy.

“If it is a seven or eight track rating he should be right. He’s had that Canterbury run under his belt which helps.’’

Aim is resuming from a spell and has been gelded since he last raced. The application he has shown in his two barrier trial wins in recent weeks are encouraging signs that he is ready to live up to his potential.

“I have to run Aim if he is to be going around in the Guineas, he needs the hit-out,’’ Snowden said.

“I probably should have run him last Saturday but I thought the Gosford Guineas was a better race but then the track came up wet.

“Aim is going really well but he’s not the same horse when the track is worse than a 6 or 7 rating.’’

Snowden also has Magic Millions plans for two-year-olds Mura Mura and Jet Pack in the Schweppes Handicap (1150m).

Mura Mura has been placed in each of her three starts and is qualified for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic but Jet Pack needs to win his debut race to have any chance of making the field for the glamour Gold Coast race on January 16.

The juvenile opener at the Kensington meeting is an intriguing race with first starters Laurelin at $2.90 and Four Moves Ahead $3.30 at the top of betting with Mura Mura at $5 while her stablemate Jet Pack is at $17.

Snowden indicated a change of riding tactics for Mura Mura while he warned punters not to overlook the chances of Jet Pack.

“Mura Mura has a good draw and being the first race, the inside should be OK,’’ the trainer said.

“We plan to take a sit (Saturday), ride her just off the speed. We tried to do that at Warwick Farm last start but they just went too slow early and she ended up in front.

“She is a different filly if ridden with cover because she will find the line.

“Jet Pack is a bit of a sleeper. He’s definitely a better horse with the blinkers on and he’s not without a chance from the good draw, too.’’

Snowden also has the consistent Yangarra Rose ($11) lining up in the Precise Air Handicap (1300m) and Brazenpine ($23) contesting the Ravnet Handicap (1100m).

“Yangarra Rose has been racing well at the provincials but the blinkers going on will help her,’’ he said.

“She does like wet tracks, she has no weight on her back and is a hard, fit horse.

“Brazenpine will run unless the track is too heavy. This is a suitable race for her, she should get into the right part of the track from he barrier.’’



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RACE 2 – 3.50PM: CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB HANDICAP (1250m)

7. Tastebud was a beaten favourite first-up at Gosford but it was quite a solid performance. She wasn’t the best away and had to work early to lead, she slipped away coming to the turn and was only collared in the last couple of strides by a promising Godolphin debutante. Expecting she’ll slide
across from the outside and with the run under her belt be harder to catch.
Dangers: 2. Flexible finally makes it to the track after a string of trials going back 12 months. Scored a narrow win in the latest and her only one this time around. Betting will tell us a bit late but she’s well bred and no surprise to see a debut win. 1. Brookspire is another with a number of trials behind her over a bit of time. Could have easily won her Rosehill on November 12 then in a blanket finish 18 days later. Well drawn, respect and again if there’s a wave of support she could be the one. 4. Windsweep was a big drifter on debut in a 900m scamper here and wasn’t beaten far in fourth. Wide gate a minus for her here but it was a promising enough debut to suggest she could find herself in the placings.
How to play it: Tastebud to win and quinella 1,2,7.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 3 – 4.30PM: RANVET HANDICAP (1400m)

1. Exoboom looks to have some talent and while there are things against him here he’s clearly the one to beat. Those things are the wide alley and the likelihood he’ll go back from the gate in a race that lacks pressure. Hit the line from well back on debut at 1200m and again strong late to win his trial. If he can settle up closer at 1400m fresh they may not beat him. Still could be good enough to run them down.
Dangers: 2. Apollate failed badly on debut on a heavy track and that run can be overlooked. He’s
been gelded and the blinkers go on, James McDonald rides from barrier one. Commands plenty of
respect. 6. Supreme Leader has found two better in each of his three runs back from a spell but appeared to have every chance in the latest of them at Rosehill a couple of weeks ago. Imagine he
goes forward from the outside and can be in the finish, whether he has the eye of the tiger late remains to be seen. 7. Finally Realise is a possible leader and gets the blinkers on after a string of competitive efforts in maidens out of town. Drawn well, in-form jockey and not a strong race. Has to be considered.
How to play it: Exoboom to win and trifecta 1/2,6,7/2,6,7.
Odds and Evens: Split.

RACE 4 – 5.10PM: BISLEY WORKWEAR HANDICAP (1100m)

9. Front Money is only lightly raced and her record might look a lot better if not for three defeats on wet tracks. Struck a good track before a spell and beat a smart filly in Smart Reply and could have won her trial on her ear earlier this week. She’ll be right on the speed from gate one and will take beating.
Dangers: 1. Frozen In Time shrugged off an ordinary first-up effort to win nicely at Hawkesbury back to 1000m almost a month ago. She ran well in a couple of starts on this track earlier in the year and this race is no harder than them. Go well. 5. Sally’s Day was scratched from a winnable race recently to run here in a race that doesn’t look to set up too well for her on face value. That said she overcame a tricky gate to win first-up last prep at Wyong (on a wet track) and was then stakes-placed. She’s hit or miss and that’s your risk with her. 10. Kawaikini is a perennial knockout chance in races like this and she’d only have to match her efforts when second to Hulk three back or last time to Najmah to be in the finish somewhere if the race is run to suit.
How to play it: Front Money to win and trifecta 9/1,5,10/1,5,10.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

RACE 5 – 5.50PM: HALL CHADWICK HANDICAP (1800m)

9. Liveinthefastlane is an excellent each-way chance on her very consistent form of late. She can take advantage of a better gate this time compared to last start at Rosehill where she drew seven of seven and settled last before closing in for a nice third. No harder here and is over the odds.
Dangers: 4. Unamerican was flying before failing to beat one home at Canterbury a few weeks back but it was a total forgive run. He sat wide and made mid-race moves before dropping right out. Better than that, drawn well so expect him to run well. 3. Nyami was able to just run down 5. Montserrat to win over this course two weeks ago. Worse off at the weights but there may be more pressure on the latter horse this time around. Both have some claims.
How to play it: Liveinthefastlane each-way.
Odds and Evens: Odds.

RACE 6 – 6.25PM: LONGINES SPRINT (1000m)

7. Our Bellagio Miss has drawn awkwardly but there’s a chance for her to slot in just off the pace and if that’s the case she can go one better second-up. Raced wide when swamped late by Hulk, who ran the day’s fastest last 600m, at Kembla and strips fitter here. Naturally will need that bit of luck but is the horse to beat.
Dangers: 2. Perigord was a nice winner first-up last time in at Canterbury and comes into this race fresh with no public trials. Drawn well and has a great fresh record so be guided by the market for a push. 6. Rover is a huge query. Looked smart winning on debut and was unlucky at his second start then seemed to be a lesser horse when he returned six weeks later. Trials OK but drawn gate 1 and
if he finds his debut effort he could surprise. 5. Invincible Lad has struck form with placings at his past two and fleetingly looked the winner last time at Warwick Farm before being denied late. Back 100m and is an each-way chance again.
How to play it: Our Bellagio Miss to win.
Odds and Evens: Split.

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RACE 7 – 7.05PM: SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1400m)

4. Big Bad Bruce is a very good chance to back up his dominant second-up win at Gosford out to 1400m here. Just don’t want to see him ridden too far back; there’s not a lot of speed and he’s
drawn right near one of the on-pacers and dangers so there’s an option there for him. He’s well up
to this class and the trip is perfect. Hard to beat.
Dangers: 9. Pitchfork finally put it together with a maiden win then a BM72 at Canterbury on wet tracks at the end of last prep. He’s trialled OK and while there are holes in his form from those wins he can roll forward and be on speed here and has the chance to win again. 15. My Blue Jeans has never raced better and wouldn’t put it past him to feature somewhere in the finish again. Huge run at Wyong from a wide gate then close up at Rosehill two weeks ago in this grade. Each-way. 8.
Mubariz was placed at this trip when resuming last time in before winning at a mile a few starts later. Can’t get a great guide on him from his two trials but has found James McDonald and drawn a soft gate. Can’t overlook.
How to play it: Big Bad Bruce each-way and trifecta 4,9/4,8,9,15/4,8,9,15.
Odds and Evens: Split.

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Newnham hopes Lord Olympus will continue to surprise at Kensington


Lord Olympus wasn’t born until November 23 so he’s still a month short of his third birthday.

Newnham said his last start Canterbury win, where he held off Sweet Reply over 1250 metres, is a testament to how tough the horse is and how he keeps stepping up to the plate and he’s not overly concerned about a wet track.

And he said the fact he can stay in midweek company, thanks to the introduction of Graduation races, is a bonus for his owners.

“He has a really good will to win so he is well suited there with the claim [for Tom Sherry],” he said. “He’s probably better suited at the 1100m than the 1250m the other day, it was more about the conditions of the race that I wanted to run him.

“I think these graduation races are a good addition, when you’re trying to get a return for your owners, because it gives you a chance to win a few races before you go to Saturday.

“He’s won three races and he’s still in Wednesday.”

Newnham is prepared to forgive stablemate Mrs Maisel for her first-up fifth at Warwick Farm three weeks ago.

The filly was a second-up winner last preparation and is proven in the wet.

“I thought she ran really well on a track that suited horses on pace,” he said. “She needed the run, she made up good ground and probably peaked on her run at the 100m. She does like soft ground so I see her hitting the line well.”

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Neighbouring Kensington Park homes hit the market as potential package deal


The neighbouring properties at 6-8 Jessie Road, Kensington Park, are listed together. Pic: realestate.com.au


Two neighbouring character homes that have been owned by the same family for 80 years have hit the market, offering househunters a rare opportunity.

The rundown Kensington Park properties at 6 and 8 Jessie Road will be auctioned separately next month but are listed together, giving prospective buyers the chance to snap them up as a package deal.

Ray White Unley agent Robbie Smith said it was a “once in a lifetime listing” given the two titles, which had been owned by the same family for about 80 years, offered 1868sqm of land in a sought-after location.

The properties have been owned by the same family for 80 years. Pic: realestate.com.au


The house at No. 6 has three bedrooms. Pic: realestate.com.au


It’s rundown inside and in need of some TLC. Pic: realestate.com.au


“Kensington Park at the best of times is tightly held being one of those inner east blue chip locations,” said Mr Smith, who is selling the property with agency director Josh Gillespie.

“Very rarely do you get such big landholdings, especially next to each other. It’s pretty valuable.”

Latest realestate.com.au figures show 19 homes have changed hands over the past year in Kensington Park, which has a median house price of $894,000.

The house at No. 6 is on a 1056sqm block and has three bedrooms, while the other at No. 8 is on a 812sqm parcel and has two bedrooms.

While both are rundown inside, they are characterised by ornate features, soaring ceilings, original fireplaces and timber floorboards.

The two houses are being auctioned separately in October. Pic: realestate.com.au


The house at No. 8 has two bedrooms. Pic: realestate.com.au


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Fireplaces inside are among the houses’ character features. Pic: realestate.com.au


Mr Smith said the listing was attracting a range of prospective buyers who were interested in purchasing just one and both.

“A lot of it has been developers but also it has been people wanting to build one house on a really big block,” he said,

“I’ve had a person wanting to build on No. 8 and have their sister on No. 6.

“It’s a really, really rare opportunity, hence why we’re getting so much interest on it.”

The properties will go under the hammer on October 10 from 1pm, unless they’re sold prior.

The block as a whole is about 1868sqm. Pic: realestate.com.au




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