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Australian Racing: Badda Boom Baby ready to step up

There’s nine meetings set to take place including metro action from Launceston.

Race 6 Launceston

Badda Boom Baby @ 12/5

Race 3 Ballarat

Savvy Bee @ 12/5

Race 4 Sunshine Coast

Go Millo @ 4/1

Baby for Oaks glory

The $150,000 Tasmanian Oaks over 2100m comes up as the sixth race on the Launceston card with a soft 6 track forecast. Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s Soul Choice has shown good form since switching to Tasmania from Melbourne last month.

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice debuted in Tasmania with a second in the 2100m Launceston Guineas on a good 4 track here on January 27.

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The three-year-old followed that effort up with a comfortable success over the same distance on a good 4 track at Hobart earlier this month. Jumped at short odds for that Hobart affair but sets the standard on form here. Badda Boom Baby has been competing at a lower level this spell but has won two of her three outings.

The most recent of those came when drawing clear of her rivals to deliver an impressive victory in a Benchmark 58 event over 1700m at Scone last month.

Raced from off the pace and is expected to employ similar tactics here with the step up in distance looking likely to suit. Jockey Keagan Latham, on board for the picks maiden success at Beaumont in December returns to the saddle and Badda Boom Baby is taken to upset the favourite.

Bee to break maiden

The third at Ballarat is a 1400m maiden plate. A field of 11 is set to go to post on a good 4 surface. Le Ferrari represents the Ben & JD Hayes team having ended his first spell with a good second over this trip on the synthetic track here in September.

Spelled since that effort he has yet to tackle a sound surface having contested wet track maidens on his first two starts. A draw in eight isn’t ideal here with Savvy Bee looking capable of getting the better of Harry Coffey’s mount. Henry Dwyer’s charge has shown solid form in maiden company in all four starts to date.

Delivered a two length second on a good 4 track over 1429m at Werribee on her penultimate start. The winner that day was a winner next time out and the pick heads into this on the back of a third over 1406m at Bendalla.

Raced from off the pace on a soft 5 track that day. Barrier four is a good draw here and wearing blinkers for the first time she is taken to deliver a first victory.

Millo for Sunshine Coast success

Course regular Alpha Jane is likely to start favourite for the fourth at Sunshine Coast. The race in question is a 2200m Benchmark 60 contest with Darryl Hansen’s filly coming into this on the back of a third in an 1800m Benchmark 58 event here a week ago.

That effort came on a good 4 track but the soft 5 surface here should prove no issue having broken her maiden in similar conditions at Rockhampton in June last year.

Go Millo is a winner already this spell having scored by a narrow margin at Benchmark 58 level over 1650m at Beaudesert last month.

While below that form at Toowoomba subsequently the five-year-old has shown good form at this trip in the past when winning a Benchmark 62 event at Gold Coast last September.

Triumphed on a heavy 10 surface that day and tackling this distance for the first time since is selected to defy top weight with claimer Bailey Wheeler booked to ride.

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