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Australian Racing: Highland Jakk targets Cup success

There’s a big day of racing at Morphetville where the Group 3 Adelaide Cup over 3200m provides the highlight. Canberra’s Cup race over 2000m is also set to take place on a day with five meetings.

Race 7 Morphetville

Highland Jakk @ 5.50

Race 7 Canberra

Arapaho @ 4.00

Race 7 Warrnambool

Katering @ 4.00

Jakk for Cup success

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team look to hold strong claims of taking out the previously mentioned Morphetville feature with Persan and Grand Promenande prominent in the betting. The former carries top weight here having delivered a couple of fair efforts on good 3 tracks since taking out the 2600m JRA Trophy at Flemington back in December.

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The Pierro gelding often races close to the pace and has the services of Jamie Kah as he bids to defy top weight. Grand Promenade has started on wet tracks in both starts this spell and took a step forward when third in the 2600m Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes here on February 25.

The gelding raced prominently in that event and is a prolific winner having taken out eight of his 27 career starts. While both undoubtedly hold strong claims Highland Jakk is preferred on this occasion having taken out the previously mentioned Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes over 2600m here last month.

The six-year-old was tackling the trip for the first time that day and is unexposed in staying races with this his first start over 3200m. Trained by Robert Hickmott the pick has Teodore Nugent up once more and with the soft track no issue and an inside barrier he is selected to salute off a nice weight.

Arapaho to score at Canberra

Sacramento is expected to jump as favourite for the $200,000 Canberra Cup over 2000m at Canberra. A soft 5 track is forecast for the contest with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s charge having delivered respectable efforts in three starts this time around.

The latest of those came when beaten nearly two-and-a-quarter lengths into fourth in the 2000m Randwick City Stakes at Randwick earlier this month. His jockey that day Regan Bayliss was unable to get cover and that may be an issue here assuming jockey Tim Clark wants to race behind the speed from his wide alley.

With that in mind the grade dropper Arapaho is preferred for the Bjorn Baker stable. The six-year-old has jumped at big odds for stronger contests in two starts this spell including when four-and-a-lengths seventh in the Group 1 Chipping Norton over 1600m at Randwick last start.

The step up in distance here is no issue for Bjorn Baker’s charge having won over further in the past while he was a track and trip winner in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup last August. Regular pilot Rachel King is again in the saddle with the Lope de Vega gelding looking capable of delivering a victory off joint top weight.

Katering for Warrnambool glory

Course maiden winner Katering looks up to taking the penultimate race on Warrnambool’s eight race card. The race concerned is a 1700m Restricted 64 event with a soft 6 track expected.

Trained by Tom Dabernig the pick has placed second on all three starts since that two length victory over 1400m here at the end of December. The four-year-old filly shaped as if the extra 100m here would prove no issue when beaten nearly two lengths over 1600m in a Benchmark 64 event at Ballarat last time out.

The pick placed second on a heavy 8 track at Werribee prior to that and is a tactically versatile sort having been ridden with restraint on that occasion.

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