Galway Girl to face Waller wall in Kensington opener
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Galway Girl to face Waller wall in Kensington opener

John O’Shea-trained Galway Girl will take on a Chris Waller wall in a high-class but small field of three-year-olds on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday.

Waller has $2.10 favourite Orcein, Ritmico and Romani Girl, all of which generally like to take a sit and leaving Galway Girl, a $2.90 chance, as the likely target in the straight.

Three-year-old trio: Chris Waller has high hopes for Orcein, Ritmico and Romani Girl.

Three-year-old trio: Chris Waller has high hopes for Orcein, Ritmico and Romani Girl.Credit:aap

“I don’t know where all the three-year-olds have gone but I think this is going to look like a pretty good race down the track,” Waller said. “My three are a long way [in a midweek race] from where they are going to finish.

"They are looking for the trip [of 1550m].”

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Orcein is the most experienced of the field with nine starts, breaking his maiden at Warwick Farm before being runner-up to Quackerjack in Saturday grade last time.

Ritmico won a Newcastle maiden before disappointing when last in similar company in small field on the Kensington track last time out, while Romani Girl won a Kembla Grange maiden at her last appearance.

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O’Shea is also confident his Segenhoe-owned I Am Invincible filly will make the grade.

Galway Girl will finish her first preparation on Wednesday after delivering a Newcastle maiden win over 1600m at her last start. O’Shea would like to add a city victory in the benchmark 70 for three-year-olds before a break and he is already planning a stakes preparation in the autumn.

“She is a good little miler that will make her own luck,” O’Shea said. “It is a good chance for her to go out a winner and we will bring her back for a stakes race like the Kembla Grange Classic in the autumn.

“I think she is up to that eventually but this preparation was about educating her, getting a win and if she could make it to the city - fantastic.

“I think the track will really suit her and this is her trip. She has done everything right and if she wins on Wednesday that would be perfect.”

Meanwhile, Brenton Avdulla has appealed a careless riding suspension from Randwick on Saturday which would see him miss the final three days of the Flemington carnival. The appeal will be heard on Thursday.

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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