Form, tips & best bets for Kembla Grange, January 13

SYDNEY’S focus on Saturday might be on Randwick but that doesn’t mean that it is the only NSW venue worth watching.

Kembla Grange is hosting a solid seven race card and we’re looking forward to what’s on offer in Wollongong.

Let’s take a look at the tips for Saturday.

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Race 1 – Maiden Plate (1000m)

Exceed And Excel filly Deity looks well placed to win on debut. The Godolphin three-year-old has trialed well leading into this one and gets a softer maiden than what it would confront in the city.

Race 1 tip: Deity to win ($2.30 at Sportsbet)

Race 2 – Benchmark 67 (1500m)

Victory Anthem is a last-start winner at Nowra and while it steps up in class, the scope of that victory should hold it in great stead. It won by a dominant four length margin on that occasion, and in a smaller field there is no reason to doubt it here.

Race 2 tip: Victory Anthem to win ($3.30 at Neds)

Race 3 – Benchmark 64 (2000m)

Battle Zone’s best would see it take out this race, only problem is the horse has not been delivering as of late. From a good barrier and a slight drop in weight, we think it can be a major player here.

Race 3 tip: Battle Zone to win ($7.50 at Ladbrokes)

Race 4 – Maiden Plate (1600m)

Kentucky Diva is a first-starter that has trialed well leading into this race. In a maiden event with not a lot of form to go off the Hawkes runner can debut in a winning way.

Race 4 tip: Kentucky Diva to win ($5.50 at Sportsbet)

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Race 5 – Class 1 Handicap (1400m)

Nathula looms as the likely winner here. The horse broke the maiden well two-starts back and finished in the first four on its Class 1 debut. It will benefit from that run we expect it to be taking this race out from barrier six.

Race 5 tip: Nathula to win at William Hill

Race 6 – Maiden Handicap (2640m)

Aeecee Tianhu didn’t set the world on fire in its debut, but still managed to finish fourth, just over a length off the winner. The horse has trialed well since then and looms as a winning threat in a tricky field.

Race 6 tip: Moncarta to win at Crownbet

Race 7 – Benchmark 58 (1300m)

Dependable is racing first-up, where it has previously placed in the past. The horse comes into this race on the back of a few trials and will definitely be fit enough to take this out from a decent barrier.

Race 7 tip: Dependable to win at Crownbet