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Australian Racing: Queen out to Boss it at Sandown

There's five metro meetings due to take place on Wednesday including action from Sandown Lakeside and Warwick Farm. Balaklava provides the sole provincial fixture.

Race 7 Sandown Lakeside

Boss Queen @ 10.00

Race 3 Warwick Farm

Powerful Peg @ 4.40

Race 1 Launceston

Johnnie Pinch @ 4.00

Queen to rule at Sandown

The penultimate race on Sandown Lakeside's eight race card as a competitive looking Benchmark 70 event. The race, set to take place over 1400m has attracted a field of 11 with Cap de Joie and Unusual Culture vying for favouritism.

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The former is set to carry top weight here for handler Nick Ryan having made just the four starts to date. The filly produced a career best when runner-up in a 1700m Benchmark 80 event on a heavy 8 track at Caulfield in October.

Gets an easier opportunity here but her ability to handle a good 4 track has to be taken on trust. Fellow four-year-old filly Unusual Culture has placed second on both starts this spell including over 1200m here first up.

Jamie Kah's mount went on to deliver a solid second on the Hillside course here when racing at this level subsequently. Boss Queen has a difficult draw in ten to overcome but has shown a liking for this venue in the past and is taken to spring an upset.

Gavin Bedggood's mare has been kept busy this spell finishing in the first three in six of her eight outings. Those efforts including a win over 1300m in a Benchmark 64 contest at this track three starts back. Subsequently put a below par effort at Moonee Valley behind her when a close second over 1300m in a Benchmark 70 event on the Hillside track at this circuit. 

The daughter of Street Boss shapes as if she is worth another go at this distance and is selected to provide veteran hoop Damien Oliver with a winner.

Peg to score at Warwick Farm

The third at Warwick Farm is an interesting 1300m Benchmark 68 contest restricted to three-year-old's. The top two in the weights dominate the market with Jewellery appearing to appreciate the switch to a wet track when successful on a heavy 8 surface at Kembla Grange latest.

The daughter of Lonhro was racing in a Benchmark 64 contest over this trip that day but remains open to improvement having made just the six previous starts. The Kris Lees-trained Powerful Peg is preferred on this occasion with the filly having shown consistent form in five starts this spell.

Dylan Gibbons' mount showed good form when runner-up in a 1400m Benchmark 72 contest at Randwick-Kensington on February 15. The filly is a versatile sort tactics wise having run well from off the pace as well as when racing prominently. 

The drop to a Benchmark 68 event is a positive here while the slight drop in trip is no inconvenience and she is selected to deliver win number four.

Johnnie to break maiden

The John Keys-trained Johnnie Pinch takes the eye in the opener at Launceston. The pick is one of 12 two-year-old's set to go to post for the 1120m maiden contest. Johnnie PInch has shown good form at this venue in three starts to date including when runner-up over 1100m when debuting here in January.

Subsequently came home less than two lengths behind the winner when fifth in the Gold Sovereign over 1200m here early last month.

The son of National Defense's latest effort saw him place third in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic over the same track and trip on February 19. Kept on well to the line when last in action and with the drop in distance unlikely to inconvenience too much he is selected to break through for a win.

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