New Zealand-raider Simply Optimistic will be vying to make it back-to-back wins at Randwick when he contests the $A130,000 Kensington Handicap (1300m) on Saturday.
The Brendon Hawtin-trained gelding won over 1200 metres at the Sydney track last month and the Waikato handler has been pleased with his progress since then.
“He has thrived since his win last start and the extra 100 metres won’t hurt him,” he said.
“The forecast in Sydney towards the end of the week is for rain, so there’s every chance that they will be running on a similar track. Things are looking good there, so I am looking forward to the weekend.”