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Australian Racing Preview: Huetor to score at Randwick

There's plenty of Boxing Day action with metro meetings at Caulfield, Randwick and Morphettville among the 19 meetings set to take place.

Race 7 Randwick

Huetor @ 5.50

Race 7 Caulfield

Rose Quartz @ 3.80

Race 2 Morphettville

Dancing Storm @ 2.00

Huetor for Summer Cup success

The Group 3 Schweppes Summer Cup is set to take place as the seventh race on an eight race card at Randwick.

The 2000m contest is expected to see a field of 11 go to post with a soft 6 track expected at the Sydney venue. 

Trained John O'Shea sends out Lion's Roar here with the six-year-old expected to jump as favourite following placed efforts in each of his last two starts.

The first of those saw the gelding lose out by less than one-and-a-half-lengths when runner-up in the Little Dance over 1600m at this venue in November.

Tyler Schiller rides here with his mount having followed that effort up with a good third in The Ingham, a Group 2 1600m event here earlier this month.

While the gelding rates a worthy favourite stepping up in distance and switched to soft going Peter & Paul Snowden's HUETOR is the pick in this contest.

The seven-year-old has been highly-tried in two of his three starts this time around with Group 1 outings sandwiching a sixth in the Group 3 Craven Plate over 1800m at this track.

The second of those Group 1 efforts saw the pick register a seventh when beaten less than three lengths in the TAB Champions Stakes over this trip at Flemington 11th November. 

The selection is often ridden from off the pace and such tactics are expected here with Tom Sherry riding the gelding for the first time.

The son of Archipenko has a good barrier here and is selected to record his second win of the year having taken out the Group 1 Doomben Cup at Doomben in May.

Rose to blossom at Caulfield

The most valuable race on the Caulfield card is the $200,000 Listed Christmas Stakes due to take place over 1100m as the penultimate race of the day.

Najem Suhail is expected to have his supporters for the Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock stable with the gelding having won at this level down the straight at Flemington on his penultimate start.

The six-year-old was a narrow victor of the 1000m G.H. Mumm Century Stakes held on a soft 5 track on that occasion and he placed second over the same track and trip subsequently.

Barrier 12 isn't ideal given he often front-runs however and with that in mind Jamie Kah's mount ROSE QUARTZ is the pick.

The mare has shown good form this spell placing second twice and winning once from her four outings.

All three of those efforts have come at this track including when saluting by less than half-a-length in the 1200m Group 3 Neds How Now Stakes over 1200m on 18th November.

The selection raced from the front on a good 3 track that day but is a versatile type with regard to tactics. 

The daughter of Written Tycoon has a good alley here and she can help in form trainer Grahame Begg improve on his 46% strike-rate (5/11) in the last 30 days. 

Storm for Morphettville glory

The second race at Morphettville is a two-year-old contest over 1100m.

A good 4 track is expected with the Richard & Chantelle Jolly-trained DANCING STORM the pick to break his maiden at the second attempt.

The gelding showed plenty of ability when delivering a second-place finish in a 1000m contest held on a soft 6 track here on debut.

Racing close to the speed that day the pick had three of his rivals here behind him in finishing less than two lengths behind the winner.

The switch to a good 4 track shouldn't pose any issues having demonstrated that he handles a sound surface in a Gawler barrier trial last month and looks capable of saluting here. 

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