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Australian Racing: Indira tipped for Wagga win

There are a number of meetings for punters to get involved with on Sunday including at Pinjarra Scarpside where a 10-race program is scheduled and at Launceston in Tasmania where it’s Oaks Day.

Race 9 Pinjarra Scarpside

Red Fifty Three @ 8.50

Race 7 Launceston

Girls Girls Girls @ 5.00

Race 7 Wagga

Indira @ 4.00

Red for Classic glory

The most valuable race on the Pinjarra Scarpside card is the ninth race of the day, the Pinjarra Classic, a Listed contest set to take place over 1300m.

Aztec Ruler is expected to jump as favourite for the handicap contest, having won three of his last four starts in his last prep.

Those three wins all came over 1400m, including when saluting by a narrow margin in a Benchmark 72+ handicap at Belmont Park at the end of September.

Trained by Stefan Vahala, the gelding prepared for this with a barrier trial third at Lark Hill at the end of last month and he goes in search of his sixth win in 11 career starts.

RED FIFTY THREE is the pick in this event however, with the Grant & Alana Williams-trained gelding having also shown good form in 2023.

The gelding recorded three wins from five starts that year, including when winning over this distance in a Benchmark 66+ handicap at Belmont Park in September.

The selection ended the year with a fifth-place finish when beaten less than two lengths over 1200m in a Benchmark 72+ handicap at the same venue later that month.

Trained by Grant & Alana Williams, the five-year-old returned to action with a half-length victory in a 1200m Benchmark 72+ handicap on a good 4 track at Ascot on 3rd February.

The son of Gingerbread Man finished strongly, having been ridden from off the pace on that occasion and the return to this distance is in his favour.

While the five-year-old has yet to win at this level, he remains open to improvement and is taken to make his first start at this track a winning one.

Girls for Oaks triumph

The feature race at Launceston is the seventh race of the day, the 2100m Listed Tasmanian Oaks.

A good 4 track is expected, with Wings Of Song expected to have her supporters, having registered victories in each of her last four starts.

Three of those have come in Tasmania, including when completing a Hobart hat-trick in the Strutt Stakes over this trip earlier this month.

Jye McNeil got the filly home by a narrow margin that day, with a number of those in behind re-opposing in this event.

They include the runner-up GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS who while a maiden after four starts has shown plenty of ability.

The pick was beaten under four lengths when fifth in a 2000m Benchmark 70 handicap at Flemington on her penultimate start and was making her first Tasmanian start in the Strutt Stakes.

The daughter of Fiorente was fractious in the barriers prior to that Listed race second and remains open to improvement on just her fifth career start.

Andrew Bobbin’s filly has a good barrier and is selected to break her maiden at the fifth attempt.

Indira for Wagga success

The seventh race at Wagga is a 1400m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a good 4 track.

INDIRA showed plenty of ability in maiden company, including when placing in a 1300m contest at this venue in mid-October.

The selection was beaten just over two lengths that day, having been slowly away and the application of winkers for the first time saw her break her maiden at Corowa four starts later.

The daughter of Rubick went on to deliver an impressive four-and-a-half-length victory when jumping at odds on for that Corowa maiden which was held over 1400m.

The form of that contest is working out well enough, with the second and third both winning next time while the seventh home won her next two starts.

The pick had a wide barrier when ridden from the rear of mid-division on that occasion and looks capable of defying a similar alley here to complete a double on her first start of 2024.

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