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Australian Racing: Journalism set to score

There’s six meetings set to take place on Wednesday including four metropolitan fixtures at Randwick Kensington, Sandown Lakeside, Doomben and Launceston.

Race 5 Randwick Kensington

Journalism @ 6.00

Race 5 Sandown Lakeside

The Swooper @ 3.50

Race 6 Doomben

Your Too Good @ 6.50

Journalism for Randwick glory

The fifth race on the Randwick Kensington card is an interesting 1550m Benchmark 78 contest. The race is set to take place on a good 4 track, with Kokoro for the John O’Shea stable expected to start a short-priced favourite.

The four-year-old delivered a victory when racing first up this spell in a Benchmark 72 contest over 1400m at this circuit at the start of last month, before subsequently delivering a good one-and-a-half-length second when tackling a race over this same trip upped to this Benchmark 78 grade at Rosehill.

While that Rosehill form hasn’t been truly tested as yet, the Real Impact gelding warrants upmost respect from barrier four. 

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott training team were on the mark at Ballarat on Tuesday and their representative here Journalism is taken to deliver a victory for them.

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The selection defended his unbeaten first up record when scoring at Benchmark 64 level in a 1350m contest at Wyong in January.

The I Am Invincible colt has placed at around this distance on both subsequent starts including in a Benchmark 72 event over 1580m at this venue on February 15.

Brett Prebble, on board on that occasion, is again in the saddle and his mount is taken to register his fourth career success.

Swooper for Sandown success

The fifth at Sandown Lakeside takes the eye with the Benchmark 64 contest set to take place over 1200m attracting a field of ten. 

One of the least experienced runners in the field, The Swooper is the selection for the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes racing team.

The pick has had just the three starts so far but delivered a highly promising fourth in a 1200m event on a good 4 track at Caulfield when making his debut in December 2021. 

The son of Divine Prophet missed the whole of 2022 but has shown good form in two starts at Moonee Valley this time around.

The first of those saw the pick delivering a half-length second in a 1200m maiden on a soft 6 track early last month. The switch to front-running tactics appeared to suit that day and the gelding duly went one better when saluting by nearly two lengths over the same course and distance later that month.

The three-year-old defied market weakness having drifted from $2.25 to $2.90 that day, and with a good barrier in three and being the main pace angle in this field he looks up to making all.

Your to score at Doomben

The sixth race at Doomben is an 1110m Class 3 contest with a soft 5 surface forecast. The scratching of Deep State means a field of ten are expected to go to post with Stellar Magic likely to prove popular with punters.

Ben E Thompson’s mount proved a disappointment when tackling a Class 6 contest over 1050m at this venue last month. Prior to that the filly had shown solid form when runner-up over the same course and distance when tackling a Benchmark 75 event here at the start of last month.

The filly needs to put that latest disappointment behind her however and Your Too Good is selected to score under jockey Brodie Loy. 

The daughter of Your Song impressed when drawing three lengths clear of her rivals in a 1006m Class 2 contest on a soft 6 surface at Grafton last month.

The pick had previously placed second over this 1100m in a Benchmark 62 event on the synthetic surface at Gold Coast on January 28. 

A wide barrier isn’t ideal for Kacy Fogden’s charge but she goes well on soft ground having finished in the first three in six of her eight previous starts in the conditions.

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