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Australian Racing: Arcadia Star can shine at Belmont Park

There’s five meetings scheduled for Wednesday including three metropolitan fixtures.

Race 4 Warwick Farm 

Imrahor @ 7.00

Race 8 Ipswich 

Inasec @ 4.60

Race 3 Belmont Park 

Arcadia Star @ 1.95

Imrahor for Farm success 

Warwick Farm is set to play host to a seven race card with the fourth race, a 1300m Benchmark 72 contest taking the eye. 

Awesome Lad is expected to have his supporters as he makes his first start since finishing fourth in a 1600m contest at Hawkesbury back in December. 

The gelding has won two of his five previous first up starts and has had two barrier trials ahead of his return to action including when runner-up over 1100m at Newcastle April 26. 

The soft 5 track forecast here should prove no real issue with the gelding having placed third on a soft 5 surface in a 1400m Class 4 handicap last September. 

IMRAHOR is preferred in this contest however despite disappointing when last of eight over 1400m when racing at this level in June last year. 

Prior to that the gelding had shown good form in the UK winning a competitive 13 runner handicap over 1600m on soft going at Haydock in October 2021 by two lengths. 

Off the track since that Annabel Neasham’s charge is expected to be fit for his return to action and the son of Kingman looks capable of defying top weight to deliver his first victory in over a year.

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Inasec for Ipswich success 

Miss Hipstar boasts an impressive first up record and is expected to prove popular ahead of the concluding race on the Ipswich card. 

The race in question is an 1100m Benchmark 75 contest set to take place on a heavy 10 surface. 

The four-year-old was a winner first up last spell when Larry Cassidy partnered her to a one-and-a-half-length victory in a Benchmark 80 event over 1100m at Gold Coast in November. 

Notably however that success came on a good 3 track and while the filly gets through wet going confirmed heavy track lover INASEC is preferred on this occasion. 

The selection performed well when coming from off the pace to deliver solid efforts in Class 3 contests on her first two starts this time around. 

The second of those saw her come home fifth in a 1050m metro event on a soft 6 track at Doomben at the start of last month. 

A length success over this 1100m trip in a Benchmark 72 contest held on a soft 5 surface when racing prominently followed. 

While the filly hasn’t raced on a heavy track since July last year it’s of note that she impressed when winning by four lengths on a heavy 8 surface at Doomben just under a year ago. 

Ben E Thompson, on board last time out keeps the ride and he can steer Inasec, a daughter of Spirit Of Boom to victory.

Star for Belmont Park success 

The third race at Belmont Park can go the way of the four-year-old filly Arcadia Star. 

Trained by Michael Grantham the three-year-old looks to have plenty in her favour in the 1700m Class 3 handicap contest. 

The selection has shown a liking for the forecast soft 5 going in the past including when one-and-a-half-lengths fourth over 1800m at Ascot when last in action earlier this month. 

Prior to that effort the pick had finished a length second over 1600m on a good 4 surface at the same venue last month. 

Regular pilot William Pike is again in the saddle as the filly, who has a good alley five off the rail in this contest. 

With the drop back to 1700m no issue here the daughter of Pierro looks capable of registering a second win this spell having triumphed at Pinjarra Scarpside three starts back.

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