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Australian Racing: Lord Vampi to rule at Ascot

There are six meetings for punters to get involved in on Friday with over a million dollars on offer on Country Discovery & Oaks Day at Yarra Valley.

Race 6 Yarra Valley

Makrana @ 5.00

Race 7 Cranbourne

Mac Kalhoun @ 4.20

Race 7 Ascot

Lord Vampi @ 5.00

Makrana for Oaks glory

The Oaks comes up as the sixth race of the day at Yarra Valley, with Crimson Light expected to have her supporters for the 1950m set weights contest.

A good 4 track is expected with the five-year-old having shown solid form at Moonee Valley this prep.

The mare has registered placed efforts on both starts this time around, including when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths over 2040m at The Valley last time.

Trained by Michael Kent she is expected to take a step forward third up and, while Craig Williams’ mount rates highly, preference is for MAKRANA.

The daughter of Pierro broke her maiden when scoring by over four lengths at Wodonga when racing on a good 3 track three starts back.

The pick raced over 2050m that day but showed that softer going and a shorter distance were no issue when taking out a Restricted 58 handicap here on 24th February.

The Mark & Levi Kavanagh-trained filly raced on a soft 5 track that day and again performed well when third in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1968m here subsequently.

Blake Shinn is a positive jockey booking and he looks up to steering the four-year-old to her third career win.

Mac to triumph at Cranbourne

The penultimate contest on Cranbourne’s eight-race card is a 2580m Benchmark 64 handicap.

Cours Vite is expected to jump as favourite for the Clayton Douglas stable, having recorded some decent efforts in defeat this time around.

Those efforts included a sixth when beaten less than four lengths over 2040m in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Moonee Valley three starts back.

While the gelding failed to replicate that at the same venue subsequently, he took a step forward when two-and-a-half-lengths fifth over 2200m at Bendigo last time out.

The four-year-old has a good barrier here, however, MAC KALHOUN is the pick on this occasion, having broken his maiden earlier this prep.

That maiden success saw the gelding get the better of four rivals by four lengths when contesting a 2415m contest held on a good 4 track at Mornington in December.

The selection failed to shine over 2400m in a Restricted 58 handicap at Moe subsequently trailing in 10th of 12 when beaten nearly 18 lengths.

However, the pick was freshened prior to contesting a Benchmark 58 handicap at Bendigo earlier this month when racing over 2200m.

The son of Shocking was beaten three lengths into seventh on a good 4 track in that Bendigo event and is selected to deliver a victory under Teodore Nugent.

Vampi for Melvista success

The feature race at Ascot is the seventh race of the day, the 1800m Melvista Stakes for three-year-old colts & geldings.

A soft 5 track is expected with LORD VAMPI taken to defy top weight having registered wins at this venue on each of his last two starts.

The first of those saw him triumph by less than half-a-length in a 1400m handicap event held on a good 4 track.

The gelding encountered similar underfoot conditions when stepped up to 1800m to score by a length in a set weights event here on 16th March.

The pick finished strongly last time out and, with the extra distance here expected to suit, he is selected to complete a hat-trick.

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