Kentucky Breeze. Photo by Steve Hart.

2021 Kensington Stakes Day Tips & Preview

We head to Flemington this Saturday afternoon with a stacked nine race program which includes the Listed Kensington Stakes as the headliner.

Our full 2021 Kensington Stakes Day Tips & Preview can be found below.

Race 1: Benchmark 78 (1100m) 1:43pm
No. 2 Parlophone

I Am Invincible filly Parlophone has not been the most well mannered filly in her short racing career but there is no denying she has some ability.

She was far from disgraced when taking on some of the best fillies in the country during her short spring campaign and she is more than capable of winning a race of this quality first up if she behaves.

Race 2: Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m) 2:18pm
No. 4 Hasseltoff

It’s hard to go past Hasseltoff in the second race of the day at headquarters after his dominant display at this track on New Years Day.

The four year old gelding has missed a place just once in nine career starts and with Jamie Kah steering from barrier three, he looks the obvious choice.

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Race 3: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) 2:53pm
No. 4 Absolute Flirt

Absolute Flirt has just the two race wins to her name from 14 career starts but she is a mare with plenty of natural talent.

She has form in open class races and this looks a very winnable race for her first up from a spell.

Race 4: Benchmark 70 Handicap (2000m) 3:28pm
No. 5 Solar Apex

Solar Apex broke through for his maiden race win at start number five at Wyong last time out over 1600m.

The son of Deep Impact will appreciate the step up in distance for this and has drawn to get a nice run in transit from barrier two.

Race 5: Open Handicap (1600m) 4:08pm
No. 1 Kentucky Breeze

Kentucky Breeze was pretty good with the big weight first up over 1400m to get within 2.5 lengths of the winner on the line.

He has won three from four at 1600m and his only attempt at this track and distance resulted in a win also.

He drops down in weight with young Campbell Rawiller steering from barrier four.

Race 6: Benchmark 84 Plate (1400m) 4:50pm
No. 8 Skyman & No. 9 Strategic Phil

Found a couple at double figures worth an each way bet in the sixth race of the day at headquarters.

This is short of Skyman’s preferred distance but he was excellent when winning first up at Caulfield over 1600m last prep and can run a race at nice odds.

Strategic Phil has not been far away in both his runs over 1400m so far this prep and will be ready to peak third up.

Race 7: Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m)
No. 2 Prezado

Prezado has put together two really nice efforts since resuming and he is a winner third up in the past.

He meets the horse that beat him last start at this track and distance, Fabergino, better at the weights and I think he can turn the tables in this contest.

Race 8: Benchmark 78 Handicap (2000m) 6:05pm
No. 5 Re Edit

It’s hard to fault Re Edit so far this prep and although she only has one win from her three starts, she has not been beaten far.

The daughter of Camelot does her best racing when fresh and her runs have been spaced out this prep having not started since before Christmas.

There looks to be a bit of speed on upfront which will suit and you can watch for her late.

Race 9: Benchmark 84 Handicap (1200m) 6:35pm
No. 13 Housay

Housay was beaten just over a length when contesting a benchmark 90 just three back and that form would be good enough to win a race like this one.

He gets in really well at the weights for this assignment and Jye McNeil will get all the favours from barrier two.