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Australian Racing: In Secret no surprise at Newmarket

There is Group 1 action from both Flemington and Rosehill on Saturday, with the former staging the Newmarket Handicap and the latter the Coolmore Classic.

Race 7 Flemington

In Secret @ 4.60

Race 8 Rosehill

Ruthless Dame @ 8.00

Race 9 Rosehill

Sibaaq @ 5.00

In Secret can strike for the young guns

The Peter Moody-trained I Wish I Win is vying for favouritism with the three-year-old filly IN SECRET (4.60) in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington.

The four-year-old has demonstrated good form since transferring from New Zealand, winning three times from four starts in his first spell.

The sole defeat in that time came when a close up fifth in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield in October.

Following that effort, however, the gelding went on to deliver a victory in the Golden Eagle over 1500m at Rosehill.

The drop back to sprinting appeared no issue when a close up second in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes over 1000m here when racing first up this spell.

Regular pilot Luke Nolen is again in the saddle and he looks the clear pick of the older horses.

The concession of five kilograms to the three-year-old filly In Secret may prove too much in this contest however.

Trained by James Cummings our pick has shown good form over this distance winning three of her four starts and placing second in the other.

The most recent of those victories came in the Group 2 Light Fingers over 1200m at Randwick last month.

Our selection subsequently placed third in the Group 1 Surround Stakes when upped to 1400m at the same venue on February 25.

Jamie Kah’s mount has shown a liking for this venue in the past and looks up to striking a blow for the youngsters.

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Dame to be Ruthless in Classic bid

Over at Rosehill, Annavisto is expected to prove popular with punters in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m.

The Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr-trained mare won in Group 3 company last spell as well as placing in the Group 1 Sydney’s Queen Of The Turf over 1600m at Randwick in April.

She missed the rest of 2022, however, following a down the field finish over 1400m in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm in June.

The daughter of Reliable Man showed good form when racing first up, however, delivering an impressive three-and-a-half-length victory in the Group 3 Tony Bourke Memorial.

That success came over 1400m at Flemington and, while she looks to hold strong claims, RUTHLESS DAME (8.00) is preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the filly went unbeaten in two starts at two including when taking out the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes over 1200m at Flemington.

While the daughter of Tavistock has failed to score in two starts, at three she was narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Surround Stakes over 1400m at Randwick last month on her most recent outing.

Open to improvement with just the four runs to her name, she is one of two three-year-olds in the field and is taken to return to winning ways.

Sibaaq backed for Ajax success

The Group 2 Ajax Stakes over 1500m follows the Coolmore Classic and the Annabel Neasham-trained SIBAAQ (5.00) takes the eye with Chad Schofield on board.

The five-year-old performed well in a number of valuable races last spell without winning, including when a close second in the Five Diamonds over 1800m at Rosehilll in early November.

The gelding resumed with a highly promising fourth over an inadequate 1300m trip in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup at Randwick on February 25.

Slowly away on that occasion, our pick is expected to have improved for that effort and looks up to the task second up.

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