Randwick Kensington: Trainer John O’Shea kicks off bumper week

John O’Shea will kick off what he hopes is a bumper week on Wednesday at Randwick when a strong team of up-and-coming horses go around on the Kensington track.

Acrophobic leads the charge and the Dissident colt is second-up after running third last start over 1400m.

He stays at that trip on Wednesday in the last race on the card after his eye-catching fresh run when he came from 11th at the top of the straight to run within 1½ lengths off Royal Marine.

James McDonald in on again and will have to guide him out of barrier 12 which doesn’t worry O’Shea at all.

“That’s usually not a disadvantage on the Kenso,” he said of the wide gate.

“I thought he was really good last start at Warwick Farm.


“There looks to be good speed and if McDonald can get within striking distance he’ll make it very interesting. James brings a lot to the table.”

Newsreader and Scream And Shout take each other on in a Maiden Handicap (1250m) and both are horses with wins ahead of them in the next 12 months.

“They’re both very promising horses who will be better in the autumn but we’re going to get some miles into their legs this time in and we’ll see where it takes them,” O’Shea said.

“They’re both really going well.”

Newsreader ran third last start at Warwick Farm behind Deniki and Osamu who came out and ran a close fourth behind Wild Ruler in the Listed Heritage Stakes last weekend.

O’Shea says Acrophobic leads the charge on the Kensington.Source:News Corp Australia

That run obviously made O’Shea feel even better about how well Newsreader was going.

“It came out and ran fantastic on Saturday. He gave a good cheer,” O’Shea said.

The Press Statement filly will be ridden by McDonald out of barrier one which he’ll use to his advantage.

“I think the six (furlongs) is a better trip for her. The other day though they really ran from the front and ran a quick last 600m which made it hard to get over the top of them so I think she can turn the tables now,” O’Shea said.

“We’ll ride her nice and aggressive.”

Scream And Shout came from the back of the field on debut at Kembla Grange over 1200m to run half a length third.

O’Shea will have Rondinella contesting the Group 1 Metropolitan on Saturday.Source:News Corp Australia

That run gave O’Shea the green light to bring the Nicconi colt to town.

“I thought he was really good first-up and he’s made improvement going into this,” he said.

Parry Sound is the other O’Shea runner going around on Wednesday, in the fifth race, and he’s second-up over 1800m with Glen Boss on.

He ran a close sixth to Coterie over 1600m and is only going to get better now.

“He was good first-up and he’s getting out to his suitable ground and I think he’ll run really well,” O’Shea said.

On Saturday O’Shea tries to win the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick with Rondinella and she’s really warming into the test.

“She’s got a little bit of improvement in her and she’s coming to her peak,” O’Shea said.

“Her work has been much better in the past fortnight and she’s probably a really good chance at about $15.”

“It’s just been about making sure she’s improved with each run.”

Trainer Kody Nestor is banking on Jailbreak bringing his A-game to the midweek meeting as he pushes to gain a slot in the Kosciuszko.Source:AAP


There’s still a handful of country trainers out there with the hope of securing one of the last two Kosciuszko slots and Dubbo’s Kody Nestor is one of them.

He made the trip down to Randwick on Tuesday with his sprinter Jailbreak in the float and he’ll race in a Benchmark 72 Handicap (1250m) and a win might have huge ramifications.

“I’m hoping he’s a sneaky chance of getting into the Kosciuszko if he wins this race. If he’s impressive he’ll nearly gain a slot,” Nestor said.

“If it doesn’t happen I’ll tip him out and get him ready for the Country Championships next year.”

Nash Rawiller will ride Nestor’s two horses running on Wednesday with the other being Fast Talking in the fifth race.

But Jailbreak is the one he’ll have his fingers crossed for.

He beat Sneak Preview home in an Open 1100m handicap at Dubbo first-up when leading all the way and he gets the crucial barrier one.

“Nash is keen to ride both of them which is a good sing. Jailbreak is in good order and his second-up form is really good,” Nestor said.

“I think he’s taken the next step this preparation to come to a midweek meeting.

“He’s come back with a bit more vigour in his work and in his races. The penny has just dropped with him. From a soft draw he’ll get a gun run and he can prove where he’s at.”

Fast Talking runs over 1800m after running sixth in the Dubbo Cup when coming from back in the field.

“He didn’t have much go his way. He got caught three-deep with no cover and over raced a bit early,” Nestor said.

“They weren’t making up any ground that day so I thought there was a bit of merit in his run and he’s had a better lead up to this race.

“We’ll roll forward from the bad barrier. He’s got to the point where he’s a bit one-paced and dour and Nash suit him. They just got beat in the Country Championships Final.”


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Originally published asO’Shea makes an early play on the Kensington

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