Aboukir Bay will take wholesale improvement into his second-up run at Kembla Grange this afternoon and should be fighting out the finish. The Duporth gelding took up the running at Gosford first-up and was entitled to weaken late, but he still hit the line well to finish fourth. He’ll appreciate a return to ‘Good’ going this afternoon and does look to have an edge over the lion’s share of his rivals on class.
Nai’a is another horse that will strip fitter for her first-up run and she is beautifully placed at Kembla Grange this afternoon. The Lonhro mare has typically improved with racing and ended her autumn campaign with a smart win over a mile at Gosford, amongst tougher company than she finds today. She worked home well to finish within half a length of So Bizarre at Wyong first-up and will be extremely difficult to beat under these conditions and getting out in trip.
Knievel is rock-hard fit and looks over the odds at his current price ($13 at the time of publish) at Kembla Grange today. The More Than Ready gelding shook off the cobwebs over 1200m at Canterbury first-up in July but has since finished a close second at Gosford and third at Hawkesbury last time out, after producing a big turn of foot in the straight. His wide draw isn’t a concern as he’d likely settle back in the running regardless, and the slight increase in trip is ideal.
Semper Fidelis will carry winning form into the fifth at Kembla this afternoon and will only improve from her last start. The High Chaparral mare continued to improve with racing and when getting out in trip last time in, but she returned to the races for a dominant, near three-length win over 1300m at Hawkesbury. 1500m is far-more suitable and she is drawn ideally in barrier 3.