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Australian Racing: Cummings charge to get off the mark

There’s four meetings to look forward to on Tuesday with Kembla Grange, Kilmore, Lismore and Warwick all set to race.

Race 2 Kilmore

Monomakh @ 4/1

Race 5 Lismore

Milliffe @ 14/1

Race 8 Warwick

Tintinwin @ 11/5

Monomakh to break maiden

The second race on the Kilmore card is an interesting looking maiden event. A field of 14 had been due to go to post over 1457m but the field has been depleted by four non-runners. Our Warrior dominates the market for the Jerome Hunter stable having delivered a solid third place finish when debuting at Moe.

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That effort came when beaten just under two-and-a-half-lengths over 1214m on a good 4 surface. Similar underfoot conditions are expected here however James Cummings’ representative Monomakh is preferred on this occasion.

The pick showed ability over 1300m on debut at Goulburn last April prior to a below par effort at Kembla Grange later that month. Freshened up since then the daughter of Astern had excuses having missed the break when fifth over 1200m at Moe first up.

Registered a respectable effort to be beaten less than three lengths on that occasion and with further improvement likely she is selected to score for a stable in good form currently.

Wilson’s Milliffe to double up

Having drawn the rail Nanakorobi Yaoki is expected to have her supporters ahead of the fifth at Lismore. A good surface is expected for the 1310m contest with Heidi Gillie’s mount having placed on two of her three starts since winning over 1250m at Ballina in November.

That Ballina triumph came at this Benchmark 58 level with the six-year-old’s latest effort coming when third over 1200m at Murwillumbah in December. Spelled since that third Fleur Blanch’s mare is likely to race from the front as has been the case in three of her last four outings.

Drawn next to the daughter of Shooting To Win is Milliffe who is taken to spring a surprise having belatedly got off the mark at Lismore last month.

Made all the running to deliver a one-and-a-half-length victory when racing second up over 1210m on a good 3 surface on that occasion. Best on a sound surface having also place on firm going in the past the Nicconi filly wouldn’t want the ground to get any softer than the forecast good 4.

Well drawn in two here jockey Tegan Harrison rides this track well and is a positive jockey booking for Marcus Wilson’s filly.

Tintinwin for Warwick success

Pizzo looks likely to jump as favourite for the penultimate race on Warwick’s nine race card. The son of Denman has shown good form over the 1350m trip here and looks a big player in the Class 3 handicap.

Lindsay Hatch’s charge has finished down the field on good going at metro level on his last two starts having won a Class 2 over 1500m on a soft 6 surface at Ipswich prior.

The five-year-old is untested on heavy going however and a draw in ten isn’t ideal for a horse who often races prominently or on the speed.

The Donald Baker-trained Tintinwin shoulders top weight here and is another with a wide draw. Notably however the selection has strong heavy track form having won once and placed second once from his two starts on heavy going. The son of Ocean Park returned from a break with a four length fifth in a 1200m Benchmark 70 event at Dalby last month. 

Expected to strip fitter for that effort the gelding is a versatile sort tactics wise and is selected to deliver a fourth career win.

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