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Australian Racing: Cadetship can sail to Randwick glory

There’s plenty of action for punters to get stuck into with 12 meetings scheduled to take place on Saturday, that include five metro fixtures at Gold Coast, Randwick, Geelong, Ascot and Gawler.

Race 6 Gold Coast

Pasima @ 5.50 

Race 5 Randwick

Cadetship @ 5.00 

Race 8 Geelong

Bermadez @ 4.40 

Pasima for Gold Coast glory

Gold Coast plays host to a number of $250,000 contests on Gold Coast Millions Race Day with the sixth race a 1400m maiden plate set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

John O’Shea’s Dimitrov is expected to jump as favourite, having placed on all four previous starts including twice on wet tracks.

The gelding placed on a good 4 track over this trip at Warwick Farm at the end of August, after which he was spelled by connections.

The son of I Am Invincible was narrowly beaten on a heavy 9 track over 1300m at Warwick Farm on his return last month.

The three-year-old lost ground at the start with connections intimating that quicker ground would be appreciated.

A wide alley isn’t ideal here and, with a big field declared for this contest, PASIMA is preferred on this occasion.

The colt gained plenty of barrier trial experience prior to making his debut when third of six in a maiden over 1400m at Hawkesbury in November.

The Pierro three-year-old raced on a good 4 track on that occasion but had no issue with the soft 7 going, when third again in a maiden over 1400m at Randwick Kensington subsequently.

The form of that Randwick Kensington contest is working out well with the winner and fourth both registering subsequent victories, so Pasima is taken to salute for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

Cadetship to score for Waller

The Maher & Eustace team look to hold strong claims of recording a win in Sydney, with Running By expected to prove popular with punters in the fifth race at Randwick.

The four-year-old placed at Listed level when runner-up in the 1400m Bendigo Guineas held on a good 4 surface at Bendigo in April and has shown good form in his two subsequent starts.

The most recent of those saw him salute by half-a-length in a 1400m event when racing at this Benchmark 78 level last month. 

While the filly ticks plenty of boxes here, she is expected to start at short odds and with that in mind, Chris Waller’s CADETSHIP is preferred. 

The gelding has been lightly-raced since delivering a narrow victory under his jockey here, James McDonald, in a 1400m Benchmark 72 handicap at Warwick Farm in January.

The four-year-old was beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths when fifth over 1300m when racing first up here on 23rd December and, with the step up in trip expected to suit, he is selected to score here.

Bermadez to take Classic

The feature race at Geelong is the bet365 Coastal Classic, set to take place over 1700m on a good 4 track. 

Trainer Mike Moroney saddles BERMADEZ in the feature, with the gelding coming into this event having placed second in both his starts this campaign.

The first of those saw the pick beaten less than a length in a 1400m Benchmark 90 handicap held on a good 3 track at Flemington in November.

The seven-year-old followed that up with a defeat in a 1400m handicap event held on similar going at Caulfield last month. 

The gelding caught the eye when finishing well having been ridden from off the pace on each occasion and he is taken to register his seventh career win with Jye McNeil taking the ride.  

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