Today's Kembla Grange Preview with Chris Scholtz: 20th November 2021

Chris Scholtz previews the feature Kembla Grange meeting on November 20 with selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

Archedemus wins 2020 The Gong
Archedemus wins 2020 The Gong Picture: Steve Hart


Best Bet

RACE 2: RACE 3 (8) DRAGONSTONE: This is all about the potential of this lightly-raced 3YO who showed plenty in his first prep last season with a win and two placings against some quality types, all on affected tracks. His recent trial win at Warwick Farm on a good surface was excellent, spearing along the rails from behind the pace with sharp acceleration that indicates he will be better on top of the ground. Astute stable has found an ideal first-up target for him as he will be carrying no weight with the advantage of Tyler Schiller's claim, if even if he cannot take his full allowance.

For Value



REDOUTE'S IMAGE Picture: Michael McInlally/Sportpix

RACE 6 (3) BLUFF 'N' BLUSTER: Attractive odds for a horse coming out of a strong Goulburn Cup (1400m) on October 31 where he finished a close third in a blanket finish after being held up for a clear run over the last 300m. He rises 4kg off that effort with the return to this easier company but it's easy to allow him improvement from the Goulburn race as it was his first outing since he was placed in this class over 1400m at Randwick on September 15. Strong record at this distance and handles all type of going.



RACE 9 (13) SUAVE: Honest Godolphin 4YO is going well this prep, winning second up over 1400m at Warwick Farm on a soft track before strong placings in good form races over the same distance at Randwick and Rosehill. Placed under 60kg at his only previous 1600m start and should relish the return to the trip after posting the best last 200m of the day at his last start at Rosehill when closing impressively under 59kg for third behind Zoushack at Rosehill. Well treated dropping 4.5kg off that run.

COUNT DE RUPEE Picture: Steve Hart


RACE 1: 6-10-8-7

RACE 2: 4-8-11-2

RACE 3: 8-4-11-6

RACE 4: 10-7-4-6

RACE 5: 4-3-9-2

RACE 6: 3-1-9-11

RACE 7: 10-3-11-1

RACE 8: 12-16-4-3-10-13

RACE 9: 13-6-4-9

RACE 10: 1-8-9-6

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KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Dragonstone (R3); Miss Jay Fox (R3); Queen Bellissimo (R5); Tinker McPhee (R5); Lashes (R7); Our Bellagio Miss (R7); Berdibek (R8)

GOSFORD SATURDAY: Kir Royale (R2); Vandelay Style (R2); Baden Road (R2); Icing On The Cake (R2); Diamond Tipped (R4); Capo Strada (R5)


WAGGA MONDAY: Moon Dancer (R7)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Clemenceau; Quatenus; Asherla; Shihonka; Calgary Stampede; Strange Charm; Jet Pack; Viennoiserie; I Love Lucy; Blaze A Trail; Lackeen; Southern Lad; Comrade Rosa; Easy Rosie; Authentic Jewel; Captivare; Katalin; Black Duke; Rubamos; Zarastro; Send Me A Legend.


RANDWICK November 11: Classy grey BERDIBEK worked well within himself to win his open heat over 1080m (65.41; 33.72) in his first outing after a break. The Villiers Stakes and other features up to 2000m will be ideal summer targets for him.

WARWICK FARM November 3: DRAGONSTONE showed plenty of potential last season and his return trial points to him going right on with as a 3YO. Tracked the speed on the fence in his 803m heat and when it opened up he railed through quickly and showed sharp acceleration to quickly put the trial away, cruising the line under a soft ride (46.66; 33.20). The time standard for the morning was set by the good mare OUR BELLAGIO MISS doing it well to win a fast run 803m heat (46.19; 33.19). The form in the polytrack heats over 740m looks solid enough with some smart wins from QUEEN BELLISSIMO (44.69; 34.20) and TINKER McPHEE (44.28; 33.95). CAPO STRADA finished second in his 800m trial (46.81; 33.47) where he was the flashing light running home strongly to be beaten a half length after he was four lengths back on the fence at the 600m. He railed up full of running inside the last 200m where he had to come off the heels and loved the way he ran through the line late to confirm the talent he had shown in a Hawkesbury trial win on October 18.

RANDWICK October 19: ICING ON THE CAKE (62.82; 35.25) posted good time in his maiden heat win.

HAWKESBURY October 18: Godolphin has a nice prospect in the maiden heat winner CAPO STRADA who shared the best time among the eight 800m heat winners (46.96). In the open heats over 800m the Brad Widdup-trained QUEEN BELLISSIMO (47.28; 33.22) did all that was required to post a smart win.

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Eligible Blackbook Runners – November 20

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Five Kingdom (R1); Sizzling Cat (R2); I Am Superman (R8); Quackerjack (R8)


ASCOT SATURDAY: Vadette De Star (R10)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Born A King; Mr Cancun; Ligulate; Spirit Of Gaylard; Superstorm; Vianello; Minhaaj; I'm Thunderstruck; Elusive Express; Montefilia; Belluci Babe; Shihonka; High Supremacy; Kiss The Bride; She's Ideel; Atishu; Yearning; Hitotsu; Love Tap.

Blackbookers – Selected November 13

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BALLER: Good summer prospects.

DZSENIFER: Nice return. Suited over more ground.

EL PATRINO: Strong debut. Sure to improve.

SIGNORE FOX: Going well. Performs best on good tracks.

TOP RANKED: Showed his class. Better for the run.

VANCOUVER'S CROWN: Needed the experience. Plenty of scope for improvement

WAR ETERNAL: Ready for something longer.

Racing and Sports

Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports
Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.