Today's Kembla Grange Preview with Chris Scholtz : 28th August 2021

Chris Scholtz previews the San Domenico Stakes meeting at Kembla Grange on August 28 with best bets and selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

PAULELE Picture: Martin King / Sportpix


Best Bets

RACE 6: (4) Paulele

RACE 9: (6) Andermatt

RACE 10: (13) Yiyi

For Value

RACE 3: (10) Centimental

RACE 4: (13) Onemore Sapphire

RACE 8: (5) Animate

ANDERMATT Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

RACE 1: 9-8-5-3

RACE 2: 2-6-5-1

RACE 3: 10-3-5-12

RACE 4: 13-2-3-1

RACE 5: 2-1-3-9

RACE 6: 4-1-5-8

RACE 7: 12-10-14-9

RACE 8: 5-2-3-4

RACE 9: 6-10-4-5

RACE 10: 13-17-8-6


RACE 4 (13) ONEMORE SAPPHIRE: Returns to this course after charging to the line late for a close third in this class over this distance on August 14. That was on a very firm track and his record shows he is at his best with the sting out of the ground, being in the money in 11 of his 12 starts in the soft and heavy. Double figure odds are generous for a very fit performer who has been placed in five of his last six starts over distances from 1800m to 2200m.

RACE 6 (4) PAULELE: Came off an excellent trial for a super first-up win in the Listed Rosebud over 1100m at Randwick on August 7 when he gave weight and a beating to his rivals, putting excellent figures on the clock over the last 600m to take his under-valued record to four wins from six starts. He's got the fitness edge and I cannot see him going backwards with the benefit of a 2kg drop in weight off that impressive performance, backed up by his winning form on a Soft 7 last season when he smashed his rivals in the Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick.

RACE 9 (6) ANDERMATT: Lightly raced sprinter is set to run boldly first-up under favourable conditions. He's won both his first-up starts including his victory on a heavy track over 1100m at Rosehill in February but didn't get the best of luck in three subsequent starts in good black type company through the autumn. He's since been gelded and a recent soft trial win has him primed for this suitable sprint.

YIYI Picture: Martin King / Sportpix


Noted Trial Runners

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Bruckner (R4); Masked Crusader (R5)

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Stay Inside (R6); Yulong Turbo (R6); Spirit Ridge (R7); Triple Ace (R8); Madam Legend (R8); Majestic Shot (R9); Andermatt (R9); Gleneagles (R9)


WYONG SUNDAY: Lambdoma Energy (R3); Arthur Francis (R4); Ka Bling (R4); Dalchini (R4); Parachuter (R8); Vox Pop (R8)

MUDGEE SUNDAY: Quick Tempo (R2)


HAWKESBURY TUESDAY: Kallos (R2); Moridan (R4); Clyde (R4)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Centro Storico; Beep Test; Tristate; Salute To The Sun; Way To The Stars; Fituese; Atishu; Swift Witness; Private Eye; Ballistic Lover; Berdibek; Conrad; Tycoon Hallie; Riva Del Sol; Ingratiating; Laure Me In.


HAWKESBURY August 23: James Cummings again used the Hawkesbury trials as a platform for a good group of runners including the well performed ANDERMATT. He had plenty in the tank winning his 800m heat in good time (47.57; 33.22).

RANDWICK August 20: The good stayer SPIRIT RIDGE continues to trial well, leading from the jump for a soft win in the fastest of two 1200m heats on the A Grass (72.90; 35.56).

ROSEHILL August 13: MASKED CRUSADER was the standout in the four black type heats run on the course proper. He had only four rivals in his 900m heat but was arrogant in the way he sat back and wide before surging past his rivals to win hard held by two lengths (56.13; 34.73). Several black type performers contested a strong 892m heat on the inside grass with GLENEAGLES recording a sharp win (54.90; 34.97) over the imposing individual YULONG TURBO, a recent pick up for Waller who is ready to go after three trials.

RANDWICK July 27: The first black type heat over 900m on the course proper saw Golden Slipper winner STAY INSIDE return with an impressive win (52.68; 35.44) over his older rivals. Oozed class as he settled kindly behind the leader before putting the heat to bed in a matter of strides with fluid acceleration over the last 200m, sprinting clear under no pressure from his rider Tommy Berry. Had a much easier trial when fifth in a black type heat over 850m at Randwick on August 21.

MASKED CRUSADER Picture: Colin Bull / Sportpix


Blackbookers – Selected August 21

(Follow for next 3 starts)

DAILY BUGLE: Should measure up in longer races.

FORBIDDEN LOVE: Always respect her chances.

FOXBOROUGH: Building nicely into her prep.

GEIST: Sure to come on from her strong return.

JAMAEA: No luck. Can mix it with the best fillies.

SHE'S IDEEL: Keeps exceeding expectations.

Eligible Blackbook Runners – August 28

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Signora Nera (R3); Foxborough (R3); Steel Diamond (R3); Pensato (R3); Great House (R4); Mankayan (R4); Coastwatch (R5); Criminal Code (R7); Madam Legend (R8); Animate (R8)  

CAULFIELD SATURDAY: Mr Mozart (R4); Masked Crusader (R5); Ziegfeld (R7); Fifty Stars (R8)


RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: Vinco; Super Effort; Bella Nipotina; Arctic Thunder; Hi Stranger; Chat; Kutayha; Furrion; Criminal Code; Blondeau; La Chevalee; Our Playboy; Harpo Marx.

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.