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Australian Racing Preview: Bullion Boy for Eagle Farm glory

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday including at Eagle Farm who are set to stage the only metro fixture of the day.

Race 7 Eagle Farm

Bullion Boy @ 2.40

Race 7 Geelong

Rocket Scientist @ 2.70

Race 4 Geraldton

Mombasa @ 4.60

Boy for Eagle Farm glory

The concluding race on the Eagle Farm card is a 1600m Benchmark 68 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

The Chris Waller-trained former Irish galloper Moktaffy is expected to have his supporters having registered his first victory of the year at Doomben earlier this month.

The gelding came home two-and-a-half-lengths clear of his seven rivals in a 1640m Class 2 handicap on that occasion.

The form of that event received a boost when third home Sacred Mission saluted returned to Doomben a week ago. 

However, James Orman's mount has a wide barrier here and with that in mind BULLION BOY is preferred for the Lindsay Gough team.

The six-year-old was beaten just over a length when contesting a 1300m set weights Class 3 contest at this track on his second start this spell.

The pick has shown good form in three subsequent starts placing in the first three on each occasion including when winning by a narrow margin over 1350m at Ipswich last month.

That Ipswich triumph came when contesting a Class 2 handicap on a good 4 track with his jockey Michael Murphy in the saddle.

Murphy was again up when the son of Dream Ahead lost out by a narrow margin when contesting a 1500m Benchmark 70 handicap on a good 4 track here on 9th December. 

The selection jumped from barrier eight on that occasion and with a good alley next to the rail here he looks up to registering his third win of the year. 

Rocket to fire at Geelong

Geelong are due to host a nine race card with the seventh race of the day a Restricted 64 handicap over 1765m.

Reece Goodwin's is expected to be towards the head of the market with the gelding having returned from a short break with a second over 1600m at Sandown Lakeside on 6th December.

The gelding jumped at odds of 21.00 on that occasion and while he should have no issues with the extra distance here he is not certain to replicate that effort. 

Irishman Dylan Browne McMonagle has impressed in his stint riding in Victoria and his mount ROCKET SCIENTIST is the pick here.

The four-year-old has made just the four starts to date with those efforts including a maiden win over 1406m when debuting at Benalla in February.

The son of Dundeel registered his best effort since when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths into third in a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap at Moonee Valley on 8th December.

The winner of that event has boosted the form with another Moonee Valley Benchmark 64 handicap win since.

The pick wears a tongue tie for the first time here and representing the in form Anthony & Sam Freedman team looks capable of recording his second victory. 

Mombasa for Cup success

The most valuable race on the Geraldton card is the 2100m Mount Augustus Tourist Park Walkaway Cup, a Benchmark 64+ handicap worth $50,000.

All five of MOMBASA's starts this spell have come at this venue with the gelding having finished in the first three on each occasion.

The two most recent of those efforts have resulted in victories including when finishing strongly from off the pace when saluting by a narrow margin in a Benchmark 58+ handicap over 1600m.

That latest victory came when racing on a good 3 track on 17th December and the six-year-old shaped as if the step up in distance he gets here would suit that day.

Jockey Peter Knuckey's mount arrives here in great form and with an insider barrier is selected to complete a hat-trick. 

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