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Australian Racing: Snapper to continue impressive spell

There’s plenty of racing set to take place on Saturday with Group action from Rosehill and Moonee Valley providing the highlights.

Race 7 Moonee Valley

Snapper @ 3/1

Race 8 Rosehill

Golden Mile @ 3/10

Race 5 Ascot

Pink Carats @ 8/1

Snapper for Australia success

The defection of Beau Rossa leaves a field of seven for the Group 2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley and one of those still involved, Jigsaw, has impressed at a lower level for Cindy Alderson this spell, winning all three starts.

The latest of those came over 1100m in a nine-runner stakes event at Sandown Hillside just over a month ago when he was victorious on a good 3 track and the gelding has won half of his eight starts on the forecast soft ground.

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While a dual winner over this trip, it's notable that the son of Manhattan Rain has shown his best form over shorter. With that in mind, Snapper is preferred for the Mike Moroney team on this occasion, having won twice from five starts this spell.

The five-year-old's most recent victory came off a low weight in the 1200m Group 3 Standish Handicap on a good 4 surface at Flemington, when he delivered his first Group race success, while he had also triumphed at Benchmark 80 level over 1100m at the same venue two starts prior.

Snapper has shown a liking for this venue in the past, winning four of his seven starts, including twice from four outings here in 2022. 

The Power gelding raises a slight concern having made just three starts on the forecast soft going but he is taken to deliver a seventh career success.

Mile to resume with victory

Michael Freedman's Forbidden Love is expected to have her supporters ahead of the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehilll, a 1200m event set to take place as the eighth race on a 10 contest card.

Forbidden Love registered fair efforts in four starts at Randwick last spell and delivered a sixth of 12 in The Invitation over 1400m on a soft 6 surface in October when last in action.

The shorter distance here is no issue and any softening of the going would be a positive for Kerrin McEvoy's mount but youngster Golden Mile looks capable of getting the better of the five-year-old here.

James Cumming's colt won by a head in the 1600m Group 1 Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield in October and followed that effort up with a narrow win in a Group 2 over the same track and trip on a soft 6 surface. 

While the pick hasn't raced over this short a trip since debuting with a win at Ballarat in April, he is the class horse in this field.

The Astern colt placed second over 1300m here first up last spell and is taken to go one better with James McDonald up for this contest.

Carats to return to form at Ascot

The fifth at Ascot is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 66+ contest and a good 4 surface is expected for the eight-runner event. 

The returning Metallon has won first up both starts so far and is likely to jump as an odds-on favourite.

Pink Carats has been out of form of late but has shown a liking for this track and trip in the past. However, he has failed to shine in four starts since a fourth over 1100m at this venue in March last year.

There were excuses in that he was forced to race wide over this course and distance in a Benchmark 72+ event earlier this month but has been well drawn in two in this contest. 

With improvement expected third up, Pink Carats can provide trainer Simon Miller with a winner.

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