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Australian Racing: Lalaguna out to beat a Hero

There’s metro action from Canterbury, Doomben and Belmont Park to look at among the five meetings due to take place on Wednesday.

Race 3 Canterbury

Lalaguna @ 13/2

Race 5 Doomben

Bay Street @ 9/1

Race 6 Belmont Park

Storm Lord @ 9/1

Lalaguna to break maiden

The third race at Canterbury is likely to see the Bjorn Baker-trained Hollywood Hero jump as favourite following a third place finish at the track on debut.

The race in question is a 1250m maiden handicap contest with a soft 6 surface expected. The son of Sacred Falls steps up slightly in distance having been beaten a length over 1200m on a good 4 surface on debut.

James McDonald is a positive jockey booking but barrier ten is a negative here with the experienced Lalaguna selected to get off the mark at the seventh attempt.

Lalaguna showed ability in her first spell including when sixth of nine in the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes over 1200m at Morphetville. Delivered three solid efforts this time around including when narrowly beaten over 1400m when returning to front running tactics at Warwick Farm three weeks ago.

Well drawn in barrier three the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team are in good form at present and Brenton Avdulla is taken to make all on their representative in this contest.

Street can score at Doomben

The fifth at Doomben looks to be a competitive 2060m Benchmark 68 contest. A soft 6 track is forecast with the Chris Waller-trained Sibylla expected to prove popular with punters. The three-year-old has been in good form this spell finishing in the first two in four of her five starts.

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Those starts included two victories most recently over 1710m in a Class 1 event at Ipswich on 18th January. The daughter of Divine Prophet placed on heavy ground on her penultimate start but has her stamina to prove here and looks opposable with proven stayer Bay Street the pick.

The gelding has won twice already this spell including by one-and-a-half-lengths in a Class 1 over 2020m at Murwillumbah in December.

That effort came under his jockey here Tegan Harrison with the pair finishing strongly having been ridden from off the pace. Raced from mid-division when fourth over 2200m at Ipswich subsequently however with Harrison missing the ride that day. 

Notably both victories have come when ridden with restraint and having shown a liking for soft going in the past Marcus Wilson’s representative looks up to registering his third career success.

Lord for Belmont Park success

The penultimate race on the Belmont Park card is set to take place over 1200m. The Class 3 affair has attracted a field of ten headed by Hola Marea.

Jockey Kesha Dhurun partnered the gelding to a victory in a similar race to this over course and distance when racing first up two weeks ago. Tackled a good 4 track that day with a soft 5 surface expected unlikely to inconvenience on this occasion.

However Storm Lord is selected to get the better of the four-year-old on this occasion. Victoria Corver’s mount won by a narrow margin in a track and trip Class 1 event when racing first up at the end of December.

Storm Lord raced close to the speed that day and while the son of God Has Spoken faded, having tried to make all when behind Hola Marea, subsequently he has a better draw here.

Storm Lord has shown solid form on wet tracks in the past placing on two of his three starts on soft going and looks capable of registering a third victory.

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