Kim Kelly back in Aus, Joe Pride’s returning Star and blackbookers

Kai Shmukler
Kim Kelly back in Aus, Joe Pride’s returning Star and blackbookers

We come off the back of a great weekend of racing as we look to pick up more winners and our Saturday racing tips went very nicely this past week as well our Best Bets tips and below we take a look at some blackbookers from the weekend who will surely feature in our Best bets tips soon as well as Kim Kelly’s return to NSW racing stewardship and Joe Pride’s Big Parade returns to racing. 

HK Chief Steward Returns To NSW Racing

Kim Kelly, one of the most acclaimed stewards in the world, left Hong Kong racing earlier this year after a lengthy twenty year long gig overseas. 

He moved back to his old stomping ground of Brisbane but recently got the call from NSW chief steward Steve Railton to come down to NSW and assist.

"I have been doing some consultancy work for them, looking at their processes and some other stuff to see where things might be able to be done differently to how it's being done, or if it even needs to be done differently at all," Kelly said.

He explained that Steve went on holiday and that going down to NSW to help was the least he could do to repay Steve for everything he had done for Kelly. 

Kelly had this to say about his return to Sydney’s premier Horse racing betting track at Randwick:

"I went to Randwick and it was good to go back after all these years, it would have been 20-something years, it was a bit different to the Randwick I left,".

Kelly said he enjoyed helping out and will likely be around to help Steve for some of the Spring Carnival racing we will see later this year so when Group 1 races return we will be seeing more of him.

Big Parade Thrashes Return Trial By 21 Lengths

A bunch of group 1 racing stars took to the trials at Warwick Farm racecourse this Monday (24/07) and whilst there were some impressive runners across the trials it was Joe Pride’s Big Parade that was by far the pick of them all.

Big Parade stepped out for his first trial under Pride after switching camps from Mark Newnham when racing in a 900m trial against the likes of multiple Group 1 winner In Secret and Wewillrock when thrashing the field by 21 lengths.

He ran the last 600m in a great 33.29 and clocked in a very fast 52.40 overall for the run which was lengths clear of anything else that trialled that day over the same distance.

He is a horse that will be sure to feature in my Saturday racing tips as he resumes to racing likely in two weekends time at Rosehill in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).

I am a big fan of the stable and I know Pride always astutely places his runners, I will be watching closely for all his runners next weekend at Rosehill so be sure to check out my free horse racing tips and best bets tips for next Saturday to get an early edge on the Aussie betting sites.

Follows And Forgives From Saturday At Caulfield 

R8: It’sourtime

We got unlucky in our Saturday Racing Tips to not pick up the winner in the feature race of the day at Caulfield with Intigrating getting the perfect run to explode from midfield and win but It’sourtime was the pick of the race after settling near the rear of the field from a wide gate he started a powerful run on the turn to come from second last to third. He looks set for the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap off the back of that effort which is set for next Saturday at Flemington. Keen to be in his corner again.

R6: Prancing Queen

Open race this was and it ended up seeing the $30 chance Cute As win but I thought that Prancing Queen ran a massive race for her $71 quote when beaten around a length and a half in a tight finish for the placegetters. If she would have gotten any clear air any earlier I think she likely would have taken out the race. She will only be better for the run and with some more luck next time out she wins. Watch for her in my Saturday Racing Tips next time she is booked to run.

R9: Serious Liaison

The Hope’s sent Serious Liaison for his debut run for the stable after changing camps from Nick Ryan earlier this year. He raced over the 1400m in a race where they really did crawl, running the first kilometre almost 10 lengths slower than the Benchmark average before the last 400m turned into a sprinting contest for those on the speed. That’s just the antithesis of his run style as he looks to sit back and launch late when beaten 3.5 lengths. He will be fitter for that outing and the stable will place him in a race with a genuine tempo next time out and he will likely get out to the mile. You will definitely see him in my Saturday racing tips should this all be the case.

Forgive Mnementh (R8)

I had Mnementh as my roughie of the day after tipping him as my roughie of the day in the Saturday racing tips and it was sad to see him trapped three wide all run with no cover. He’s as honest as they come and still ran on well in the straight. He will surely atone next time out with any luck / better draw

Forgive King’s Crossing (R2)

King’s Crossing got way out of his ground and still tried to find a run in the straight to display  a very dynamic racing style. The race was full of traffic and he was only afforded the opportunity to build steady momentum late in the straight for a bold effort that saw him finish fifth, beaten less than a head to third place. If he gets onto rain affected ground next time out he will be sure to feature in my Saturday Racing Tips.