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Australian Racing: Ledecky’s Dream Valley return

There’s seven meetings set to take place on Sunday with metro action from Moonee Valley providing the highlight.

Dream for Valley triumph

The concluding race on the Moonee Valley card is an interesting 1200m Benchmark 70 contest. Firm ground is expected with the unbeaten Mawallock expected to prove popular with punters. The three-year-old filly has impressed in winning twice at Warnambool including when racing prominently in an 1100m maiden contest at the track on debut at the start of last month.

A change of tactics saw the daughter of Trust In A Gust finish strongly to deliver a two length triumph upped to 1200m and Benchmark 58 level subsequently. Damien Oliver is a positive jockey booking however Ledecky’s Dream, one of two in the field for Peter Moody is preferred on this occasion.

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The Starspangledbanner filly showed glimpses of ability in two starts in 2022 including when seventh over 1100m on synthetics at Pakenham in August. However the three-year-old has taken her form to a new level this time around breaking her maiden over 1100m at Kilmore on her first start this spell.

The step up to Benchmark 64 level proved no issue with the pick drawing over four lengths clear of her rivals having raced from the front on a good 4 surface at Pakenham last month. The quicker ground here should prove no issue and with Carleen Hefel retaining the ride she is taken to complete a hat-trick.

Legend to break maiden

Tokyo Bandit has shown up well in his three starts to date and is likely to start favourite for the second at Sunshine Coast. 

The 1400m maiden is set to take place on a soft 5 track with a field of 14 due to line up. The Lindsay Hatch-trained gelding placed twice at Toowoomba in his first spell and return to that venue with a half-length second in a maiden on a good 4 surface last month.

Weak in the market on that occasion Jake Molloy’s mount looks opposable with Wise Legend preferred having caught the eye on debut. That eye-catching effort saw the son of So You Think stay on well to finish third having raced from off the pace in a 1350m maiden contest on a good 3 surface at Ipswich last month.

The selection had to race wide throughout having jumped from barrier 12 that day and while he has a similar wide draw here he should have improved for that experience. While unproven on the softer going that should prove no issue and with the extra 50m here also looking likely to suit he is selected to break his maiden at the second attempt.

Byakko for Cup success

The 2200m Yamba Cup is a Benchmark 58 contest set to take place as the fifth race on the Grafton card. Byakko looks well placed in this contest having shown a liking for this venue in the past winning twice and finishing second once from four starts at the track.

Trained by Donna Grisedale the selections most recent start here resulted in a victory in a Class 1 contest over 1700m in January. The five-year-old had excuses when slowly away upped to metro level for an 1800m Class 3 at Randwick subsequently.

The extra distance here should prove no issue with the pick placing second in a course and distance Benchmark 58 event last September while Braith Nock takes three kilograms off.

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