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Australian Racing: Sir Lucan can ride to victory

There are a number of meetings set to take place on Saturday with the Group 1 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm the highlight.

Race 8 Eagle Farm

Molly Bloom @ 5.00

Race 7 Eagle Farm

Fall For Cindy @ 8.50

Race 8 Randwick

Sir Lucan @ 4.60

Molly for Oaks success

The previously mentioned Group 1 Queensland Oaks is set to take place over 2200m as the penultimate contest on a nine-race card.

Chris Waller saddles Scarlet Oak here, with his representative having lost just once in four career starts.

That defeat came when runner-up in the Group 3 James H B Carr Stakes over 1400m at Randwick in April.

The filly raced over 1400m that day and appeared to have no issue with the step up to 2000m when taking The Roses, a Group 2 event at Doomben two weeks ago.

Fifth at Doomben was MOLLY BLOOM and she is a winner at the highest level in New Zealand.

The filly debuted in Australia with a good second in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet over 1800m at Sunshine Coast on 11th May.

The selection finished strongly when racing from off the pace that day and similar tactics were employed in The Roses last time out.

Blake Shinn, on board for both of those efforts, is again set to ride and Molly Bloom is expected to be ridden from off the pace jumping from barrier nine.

The pick was hampered at the start and raced wide throughout in The Roses on 25th May and she should appreciate the extra distance she gets here.

Cindy for Classic glory

The previous race on the Doomben card is the 1600m Magic Millions National Classic, a race restricted to fillies & mares.

James McDonald is set to ride La Crique here, with the five-year-old expected to have her supporters having shown good form at the highest level in New Zealand.

Those New Zealand Group 1 efforts included a victory by over a length in the 1600m Trackside Otaki-Maori Classic at Otaki in February.

The mare’s only subsequent effort saw her lose out by a narrow margin in the 1400m Group 3 Rotorua ITM Stakes over 1400m at Arawa Park last month.

The daughter of Vadamos raced on a soft 6 track at Arawa Park and rates highly jumping from barrier six.

FALL FOR CINDY is the pick on this occasion however, having shown progress since resuming with a third over 1400m at Warwick Farm at the start of April.

The filly has won both subsequent starts with the first of those coming over 1400m in a Benchmark 88 handicap at Hawkesbury early last month.

The four-year-old raced on a soft 5 track that day and followed up with her first win at Group 3 level when taking the Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic at Scone on 18th May.

John O’Shea’s representative finished strongly from off the pace when successful by over a length at Scone and she looks up to completing a hat-trick.

Lucan to claim Cup

Away from Brisbane the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup over 2000m is set to take place on a heavy 9 track at Randwick.

The six-year-old SIR LUCAN is taken to defy a wide barrier to register a victory here having won at this venue in the past.

That victory came when taking the Randwick City Stakes over this distance in March last year.

Sir Lucan was set some stiff tasks subsequently in 2023 and he has since placed in Group 3 company.

The gelding resumed with a seventh over 1800m when contesting a Benchmark 94 handicap at Rosehill in April.

The selection appreciated the step up in distance when runner-up on a heavy 9 surface in the Listed Gosford Gold Cup at Newcastle when last in action on 11th May.

The slight drop in distance here shouldn’t pose any issues with Rachel King’s mount looking capable of recording his first win in over a year.

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