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Australian Racing: Coco Sun to shine at Sandown

There’s six meetings for punters to get stuck into on Wednesday including at Sandown where an eight-race card is scheduled.

Race 5 Sandown

Coco Sun @ 7.00

Race 5 Randwick

Time Quest @ 3.20

Race 2 Eagle Farm

Will It Snow @ 4.20

Coco Sun to dazzle at Sandown

They race on the Lakeside course at Sandown with the fifth race of the day a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap for three-year-old fillies.

Patchouli Dream is expected to have her supporters having shown good form in five starts this prep.

Those five starts include two wins, with the most recent of those coming over 1200m in a Benchmark 64 handicap here last month.

The filly went on to deliver a solid sixth when stepped up to this distance for a competitive contest at Flemington on 9th March.

Ben Brisbourne’s representative gets an easier contest here and, while she rates highly, preference is for COCO SUN who was set some stiff tasks earlier this season.

The winner of a Listed race over this distance at Morphettville Parks in July last year, the pick has contested Group races on four of her five subsequent starts.

Those efforts include a respectable sixth in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600m at Flemington in October.

The daughter of The Autumn Sun showed solid form at Flemington in November, recording two fifth-place finishes including in the 2500m Group 1 Kennedy Oaks.

While the selection was beaten over nine lengths in that Group 1 contest, she should have no issue dropping back in distance.

Jockey Jaylah Kennedy takes a valuable three kilograms off the pick’s back and the pair look capable of recording a victory here.

Quest for Randwick glory

They also race at Randwick with a 1550m Benchmark 78 handicap coming up as the fifth race of the day on the Kensington course.

Tyler Schiller’s mount Zondee is expected to have his supporters in the race, having come home over a length clear of his rivals in a similar event earlier this month.

The three-year-old took a step forward on that occasion having finished down the field in a 1400m Caulfield Benchmark 70 handicap when racing first up this prep.

While the Snitzel colt looks to hold strong claims once more, TIME QUEST is the pick for the Matthew Smith stable following two good efforts in defeat this time around.

The gelding returned with a narrow defeat when contesting a Benchmark 78 handicap on a soft 5 track at Randwick last month.

The selection placed second on that occasion and went on to deliver a third place finish when contesting a Benchmark 78 handicap over 1400m at Warwick Farm subsequently.

The five-year-old is a versatile type with regard to tactics and jockey Tom Marquand should have options on that front jumping from an inside barrier.

Any softening of the going would prove no issue for the son of Time Test, having shown solid form on wet tracks in the past and he is selected to return to winning ways.

Snow to score at Eagle Farm

There’s also metro action in Queensland with Eagle Farm set to stage a nine-race card that includes a 1000m two-year-old maiden contest.

With a number of the field set to make their debuts, WILL IT SNOW is taken to put his experience to good use to break his maiden at the second attempt.

The colt came home in front in a Sunshine Coast barrier trial on a heavy 8 track prior to making his debut at Grafton earlier this month.

The selection raced close to the speed prior to losing out by half-a-length when runner-up in a 1000m maiden on that occasion.

The pick raced on a soft 6 track that day, with Bevan Laming’s representative expected to have improved for that experience.

An inside barrier three from the rail is a further positive with the son of Super Seth looking up to saluting at the second attempt.

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