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Australian Racing: Pioneer Lass can land cup glory

There are seven meetings set to take place on Sunday including an 11-race card at Bunbury.

Race 10 Bunbury

Stormchaser @ 2.20

Race 8 Launceston

I’m So Cool @ 3.20

Race 7 Sapphire Coast

Pioneer Lass @ 4.60

Stormchaser for Breeders’ triumph

The most valuable race of the day is the penultimate race at Bunbury, the Greenfields Lodge – WA Breeders’ Classic.

The Listed contest is set to take place over 1208m at set weights and is restricted to three-year-old’s.

A Lot Of Good Men has been competing at a higher level in recent starts, including when a good second in the 1600m WA Guineas, a Group 2 contest held at Ascot in November.

Paul Harvey was on board on that occasion and he again took the ride when the colt finished fifth, beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths in the Group 1 Northerly Stakes back at Ascot next time.

While the son of A Lot has performed well at this distance in the past, his best form has come over further and the in-form STORMCHASER is the selection here.

Trained by Luke Fernie, the gelding has a good barrier next to the rail and heads into this contest the winner of four of his last five starts.

The sole defeat in those five starts came when one-and-a-half-lengths third in the 1400m Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic at Ascot at the start of December.

A change of tactics saw the gelding race from off the pace, prior to saluting in a 1200m Benchmark 72+ handicap at Ascot at the start of last month.

The pick has underfoot conditions to suit and, with Clint Johnston-Porter again in the saddle, he is taken to continue his good run of form with a win.

Cool for Sydeston success

The most valuable race on the Launceston card is the penultimate race of the day, the 2100m Sydeston Cup handicap.

The race is set to take place on a soft 5 surface, with Conundrum likely to have his supporters following wins in three of his five starts this spell.

The most recent of those saw Sarah Cotton’s representative deliver a five-length success in a Benchmark 64 handicap, held on a good 4 track over this course and distance on 26th January.

The winkers worn for the first time that day are retained here, however, this looks a tougher contest and I’M SO COOL is the selection in this event.

Trained by John Keys, the five-year-old delivered an impressive victory when racing from the front prior to delivering a five-and-a-half-length victory in a Benchmark 70 handicap at Hobart three starts back.

The pick made all on that occasion and followed it up with a good third under similar tactics in the Brighton Cup over the same track and trip 12 days later.

While the gelding faded in Hobart’s Summer Cup over 2200m last month, he looks up to putting that effort behind him to return to the winners’ enclosure with David Pires booked to ride. 

Lass for Cup glory

Sapphire Coast plays host to the 1600m Bega Cheese Bega Showcase Cup, an open handicap over 1600m with a good 4 track expected.

PIONEER LASS is likely to start favourite for the Matthew Smith stable, with the mare having returned to the track with a victory in a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap at Kembla Grange in November.

The step up to Group 3 company saw the five-year-old place third when jumping at odds of $51 for the Belle Of The Turf Stakes over 1600m at Gosford next time.

Rebecca Bronett Prag, on board at Kembla Grange returns to the saddle here, with her mount having placed in a metro Benchmark 78 handicap when narrowly beaten over 1500m at Rosehill on 20th January.

While a wide barrier isn’t ideal here, she arrives here in good form and is selected to deliver her fifth career win.

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