Kenilworth Preview – 8 June



Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R80.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: HOLY WARRIOR caught the eye on debut when staying on strongly over shorter and with natural improvement should play a prominent role. HUBBLE has finished ahead of BACKGAMMON and GREY FERRARI and run well over this trip, so should make his presence felt. ICLOUD could have more to offer with blinkers on,while Silvano colt SILVER OPERATOR is one to make note of on debut.



#5 Holy Warrior, #6 Hubble, #10 Silver Operator, #2 Backgammon

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R80.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: An open contest. LUNAR TUNES had blinkers fitted when only collared late over the course and distance last time. MAGIC MOUNTAIN and lightly raced DAY TRIP, who wore blinkers for the first time, both finished strongly and will be competitive if racing nearer the speed. SILVER DAZZLE over raced that day but has the headgear removed here, so could be worth another chance. Tricky!


#5 Day Trip, #4 Silver Dazzle, #1 Lunar Tunes, #10 Miss Jacksonville

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R80.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: LUCKY DANCER bounced back to winning ways in a better race over 1800m last time when the blinkers were removed and should be involved again.SNOWY MOUNTAIN was not far off and is weighted to turn the tables but lightly raced 4yo METROPOLITAN should also have the measure of that rival on these terms. ROCKIN’ RINGO, RETRO EFFECT, PARADE MARCH and TROOP THE COLOUR can also feature


#4 Metropolitan, #3 Lucky Dancer, #7 Snowy Mountain, #1 Parade March

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R102.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Nice race. Little separated RUSSET AIR and TRIP TO THE SKY in a stronger race over this distance in early April and there should be little between the pair again on similar terms. ZEB was game in defeat on his comeback over the course and distance last time. He should be fitter for that outing so could confirm superiority over POWER GRID, who is 2kg better off for 1,3L.


#4 Russet Air, #6 Trip To The Sky, #7 Zeb, #2 Power Grid

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R80.000, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. PHOTOCOPY runs well handy and will acquit himself competitively from an inside gate. Distance-suited NAO FAZ MAL is closely matched with that rival and could surprise. KALAHARI NINJA has found form with blinkers fitted and should make his presence felt, though the same could be said of FATEFUL. Both DEEPSTON and VENDEE GLOBE are also capable. Respect KNIGHTS TEMPLAR.


#5 Nao Faz Mal, #2 Photocopy, #3 Kalahari Ninja, #4 Deepston

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R200.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: The 1st of TWO Grade 3 races and difficult contest to assess. MIRAGE got the better of subsequent feature-race winner AMY JOHNSON on debut so should have more to offer. The latter is 2kg worse off with both DRAMA QUEEN and SANSKRIFT who should have roles to play too. Debut winner COUSIN LIZ is open to any amount of improvement. Maiden CARIBBEAN SUNSET wears blinkers now.


#7 Mirage, #1 Amy Johnson, #5 Drama Queen, #9 Sanskrift

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R200.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: ARMANDO beat CAPTAIN TATTERS over this course and distance last time to remain undefeated. He would have improved since and should confirm that form on identical terms. GROUND CONTROL was not far off either and would have come on since that comeback run, so should pose more of a threat. FEARLESS WARRIOR and SNOW REPORT are most likely of the remainder to complete the minors.


#1 Armando, #2 Captain Tatters, #4 Ground Control, #3 Fearless Warrior

Kenilworth, 08.06.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R80.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: SPIRIT FESTIVAL has maintained consistency since leaving the maiden ranks and should feature prominently with a repeat of either effort. Stable companion HURRICANE SILVA is closely matched on the form of a recent meeting but has more to do on these terms. ELUSIVE TOUCH has better form over further but WINGS OF HONOR should enjoy conditions. GUILTY PLEASURE must be respected.


#5 Spirit Festival, #3 Hurricane Silva, #12 Guilty Pleasure, #10 Ikebana


Best Value Bet: #5 NAO FAZ MAL

Best Longshot: #5 NAO FAZ MAL

Author: Melissa