Weekend Racing Preview with Chris Scholtz: 19th November 2022

Chris Scholtz previews the Kembla Grange meeting on November 19 with selections for all races plus Trial Watch and Blackbook runners.

Picture: Steve Hart


RACE 5 (11) VIANELLO: The vibe around her return from a long spell at Warwick Farm was she would improve with the run and if that's the case she is well placed to go one better in this suitable class. She found 1000m too short first-up when beaten only a nose by the smart Way To The Stars and with the advantage of Zac Lloyd's 3kg claim and soft draw she is going to find 1200m an ideal step off that excellent effort.

RACE 6 (12) KANAZAWA: Godolphin again make smart use of Zac Lloyd's 3kg claim to have this Lohnro gelding well placed to resume off a soft trial placing. He's a previous first-up winner and was beaten only a nose over 1200m at Randwick when resuming last time. Rates well in this on his solid record in good form races under higher weights.

RACE 9 (11) SOLAR APEX: Just failed to add to his super record in this distance range when charging late for a close second at Randwick on November 1 when he appreciated the good surface. His record of four wins and five placings from 1500m to 1610m speaks for itself and the long Kembla straight will give him his chance under favourable dry conditions.

VIANELLO Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

RACE 1: 10-6-5-8

RACE 2: 12-4-1-2

RACE 3: 12-10-9-7

RACE 4: 12-8-2-14

RACE 5: 11-16-12-13

RACE 6: 12-6-14-15

RACE 7: 11-3-2-10

RACE 8: 14-11-8-12

RACE 9: 11-8-2-4

RACE 10: 10-5-7-8

SOLAR APEX Picture: Steve Hart


RACE 1 (10): SUPER EXTREME: Good effort without much luck last time. Expect improvement.

RACE 2: (12) HE'S SUPER LUCKY: Right draw to enjoy good run. He'll be in the frame if he repeats his latest effort.

RACE 4: (12) SACRIMONY: Goes well fresh. Blinkers on after a soft trial shows intent.

RACE 7: (11) A VERY FINE RED: Returns from Melbourne boasting a Listed win at Caulfield. Well placed with a kilo under the limit.

RACE 8: (14) PURPLE SECTOR: Freshened with a nice trial. Down in weight and will run well from soft draw.

RACE 10: (10) ARNAQUEUR: Excellent course and distance credentials. Fitter for good first-up placing.

PURPLE SECTOR Picture: Racing and Sports




KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Way To The Stars (R4); Amathuba (R5); Kanazawa (R6); Bergen (R6); Vreneli (R6); Bruckner (R7); American President (R7); Irish Legend (R10)


GOSFORD SATURDAY: Biographer (R3); Richon (R3); Little Baia (R7); Exo Angel (R7)

RECENT TRIAL WATCH WINNERS: Cosmic Field; Estadio Mestalla; Kouklara; Sunshine In Paris; Wategos; Royal Merchant; Mabel; My Eloise; Taraashoq; Captain Bond; Hard To Say; Whinchat; Key Largo; Norwegian Bliss; Airman; Semana; Oakfield Arrow; Rainbow Connection; Altivo; Black On Beauty; Kazou; Huon.


WARWICK FARM November 4: WAY TO THE STARS is airborne and is primed to continue rising through the classes. This last start Warwick Farm winner again showed his abundant natural speed to lead his 797m heat with ease and was never tested to run out a soft 2.75 lengths winner in fast time with an electric last 600m (45.38; 32.27). Noted wet tracker AMERICAN PRESIDENT trialled strongly on the good ground to win his 797m heat (47.56; 33.50), putting in nice work through the line.

RANDWICK October 28: The open heats over 740m saw the Godolphin runner KANAZAWA take the eye with a soft placing. Maidens with good prospects include the 740m heat winners RICHON (44.39; 34.11) and BIOGRAPHER (44.26; 33.72). They were erratic and can only improve with more experience.

WARWICK FARM October 18: A smart 2YO heat win over 820m by the Canberra-trained MALABOOM (49.16; 34.51), a free running Spirit Of Boom filly with natural speed.

HAWKESBURY October 17: BRUCKNER has not been seen since last spring when he went from a maiden success to a G3 win to a G1 second in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. Top stable has the 4YO entire by Snitzel ready to make up for lost time following knee surgery after he trucked through his 760m heat in great style, sitting three wide and letting rip off the turn to run away with the trial in the fastest of the 10 heats over the distance (44.33; 32.23).

KANAZAWA Picture: Martin King / Sportpix


Eligible Blackbook Runners – November 16

ASCOT SATURDAY: Devoted (R6/R8); Ironclad (R8)

KEMBLA GRANGE SATURDAY: Naval Seal (R3); Athelric (R7); Sky Lab (R8); Steely (R8/R9); Kiss Sum (R8); Honeycreeper (R9); Solar Apex (R9); Cavalier Charles (R10); Irish Legend (R10)

BALLARAT SATURDAY: Libiamo (R4); Cavalier Charles (R10); Bankers Choice (R8); Longvillers (R8


KILMORE SUNDAY: Belle Plaisir (R7)

RECENT BLACKBOOK WINNERS: High Blue Sea; Pal D'Oro; Vilana; Key Largo; Argentia; Port Albert; Turaath; Minsk Moment; Rocketing By; Asfoora; Highlights; Greek Hero; Tuvalu; Lunar Flare; Tijuana; Loch Eagle; Ita; Top Ranked; In Secret; Golden Mile; I'm Thunderstruck; Sharp 'N' Smart; Pounding.

Blackbookers – Selected November 12

(Follow for next 3 starts)

ARAMAYO: Strong first-up effort for new stable.

COUNT DA BEANS: Awful watch. Tragedy beaten.

DUNKEL: Lot to learn. Big tracks will help.

RADIOHEAD: Another luckless run. Going well.

ROBUSTO: Could be classic material next prep.

SKY LAB: Set for a good summer.

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 racingandsports.com.au as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.