The last full week of winter will feature half a dozen Proven Thoroughbreds runners, including two John Bateman-trained gallopers desperate for a change of luck.

Circumstances have conspired to hinder both NICCONITA (pictured) and GREENSPAN this preparation but with small fields and a good surface the order of the day for the Kensington midweek meeting, both horses have a great chance to turn their recent misfortune around.

Meanwhile, TAHSIN and OCEAN TREATY are set to debut for the Steve O’Dea stable on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The former headed north earlier this month due to a spate of wet tracks in Sydney while the latter switched from Victoria after being struck down by a nasty illness that has kept her out of action since December last year.


LITTLE RIVER made an encouraging start to her career when finishing off resolutely in third at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. The 1000m was a bit short for her but she did a great job to finish two lengths from the first two home – both of which look very promising types. Suspect she will be hard to beat next time out over 1200m.

Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners:

Randwick-Kensington Wednesday August 26

BM72 Handicap 1550m:


John Bateman/Brock Ryan

Comment: On the quick back up after no luck at all at Newcastle on Saturday. She virtually went to the line untested so should have something in the tank for this. Each-way.

BM72 Handicap 1400m:


John Bateman/Tim Clark

Comment: Excellent return on a bog track at Randwick first-up then run off his feet around the tight Canterbury circuit second-up. Gets up to a more suitable trip now and is another with each-way appeal.

Eagle Farm Saturday August 29

BM80 Handicap 1400m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: On debut for stable. Been hampered by wet tracks in Sydney and should get firmer footing here. Finished third in a Deagon trial last week and normally races well with his runs spaced.

Sunshine Coast Sunday August 30

CG&E Maiden Plate 1200m/QTIS 3YO Maiden Plate 1300m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Debutant who trialled well on Tuesday morning. Always hard to get a gauge on first starters but should be finding the line late.

F&M Maiden Handicap 1200m:


Steve O’Dea/Ben Thompson

Comment: Former Victorian-based mare who showed glimpses of ability there before being struck down by illness. Has spent almost all of her recovery in Queensland and heads to the races now for a new stable. She’ll be more effective over longer distances than 1200m but could run a race fresh.

Wyong Sunday August 30

4YO&UP Maiden Handicap 1100m:


Joe Pride/Rory Hutchings

Comment: Two sound trials this time in after making steady improvement during his maiden campaign. Looks to have come back a more mature and stronger horse.

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