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Australian Racing: Exile to return for Farm success

There's metro action on Easter Monday with Warwick Farm and Sandown's Lakeside track both set to stage metro action.

Race 6 Warwick Farm

Swiss Exile @ 7.50

Race 7 Sandown Lakeside

Lightning Flash @ 5.50

Race 5 Grafton

Cannon @ 6.50

Exile for Farm success

The penultimate contest on Warwick Farm's seven race program is a $150,000 Benchmark 100m handicap set to take place over 1000m.

The James Cummings-trained Renosu is expected to have his supporters having finished a close fourth over this trip at Randwick first up.

The gelding contested a Benchmark 94 handicap that day but failed to build on that effort when down the field over 1100m at Rosehill subsequently.

The four-year-old won in Listed company down the straight at Flemington in July last year and is capable of better than he's shown so far this prep.

While improvement is expected SWISS EXILE is preferred in this contest for the Annabel Neasham stable.

The gelding showed that he is effective at a higher level when placing second in a Listed race and fourth in a Group 3 last season.

That Group 3 fourth came when beaten three-and-a-half-lengths over 1400m in Eagle Farm's Fred Best Classic last May.

While unable to win since then the gelding has delivered four solid efforts including twice this prep.

The most recent of those outings saw the four-year-old beaten less than two lengths into third in a five runner 1100m Benchmark 84 handicap at Ballarat on 11th march.

The drop in distance shouldn't pose too many issues for the son of Pariah who is selected to return to winning ways. 

Flash to salute at Sandown

The seventh race at Sandown Lakeside is a 1400m Benchmark 70 handicap set to take place on a good 4 track.

Mawkeb is expected to prove popular with punters with the mare having registered top five finishes in all four starts this prep.

Those four outings include a good third when beaten just over three-and-a-half-lengths in a Benchmark 70 handicap over this distance at Caulfield just under two months ago.

The daughter of Deep Field has been freshened since that effort and she rates highly with Celine Gaudray taking a valuable one-and-a-half-kilograms off her back.

Matt Laurie sends out LIGHTNING FLASH here and his filly is the selection having built on some good efforts this prep when winning impressively at Pakenham last time.

The four-year-old came home over three lengths clear of her rivals when dropping to this distance for a Benchmark 64 handicap on that occasion.

The pick raced on a good 4 track that day as was the case when fourth in a 1600m Benchmark 70 handicap at Moonee Valley on her penultimate outing.

Similar underfoot conditions are expected here and stepping back up in grade the Toronado filly is expected to provide jockey Ben Melham with a winner.

Cannon to fire at Grafton

Greg Howells saddles the in-form CANNON in the fifth race at Grafton, a Class 2 1430m handicap event.

The locally-trained runner has been in good form at this venue this prep following up a second in a 1000m maiden in January with two victories.

The first of those saw him triumph by half-a-length in an 1106 maiden held on a soft 7 track in February prior to saluting by a narrow margin in an 1175m handicap here.

While the pick raced from the front for his maiden success he was ridden with more restraint last time out.

A wide barrier isn't ideal stepping up in distance here but he arrives here in good form and is taken to continue his good run of form by completing a hat-trick.

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