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Australian Racing: Tuvalu to star first-up

There’s plenty of racing for punters to get involved in on Saturday with the highlight being the C.F. Orr Stakes over 1400m at Sandown Hillside.

There’s also high class action in Sydney with Anamoe, Laws Of Indices, El Bodegon and Fangirl all set to make their returns in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick.

Race 7 Sandown Hillside

Tuvalu @ 13/2

Race 6 Sandown Hillside

Chain Of Lightning @ 12/5

Race 5 Randwick

Titanium Power @ 12/5

Tuvalu to resume with C.F. Orr victory

The previously mentioned Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes is one of five Group races on the Sandown Hillside card where a good 4 track is expected. The three-year-old colt Jacquinot is expected to start favourite for the feature race following a narrow win in the 1300m Group 3 Ive Manfred Stakes here last month.

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Damian Lane’s mount is well drawn in four here and has won over the trip in the past when scoring at this level in the Golden Rose at Rosehill last September.

Tuvalu is preferred on this occasion with Lindsey Smith’s gelding boasting an excellent first up record. The pick has won two of his three first up outings including over this trip in a Benchmark 84 contest at Warrnambool in January last year. 

Progressed to Group 1 level last year taking out the 1600m Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on his penultimate outing. Showed that he can be competitive in weight-for-age events when runner-up in the Group 1 Champions Mile over the same trip at Flemington in early November.

Regular pilot Jarrod Fry takes the ride here with his mount unbeaten in two starts at this venue. The 1400m trip here is no issue while his draw is a positive given the son of Kermadec likes to race close to the speed.

Lightning to claim Rubiton

The race before the C.F. Orr is the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes over 1100m. Uncommon James has won five of his six previous starts and steps up to Group company for the first time as he chases a sixth consecutive victory.

The son of Cable Bay registered a comfortable victory at stakes level when tackling a 1200m event on a good 4 track at Caulfield last August. Given a break since then he is expected to have his supporters as he bids to return with a victory. 

Peter Moody’s Chain Of Lightning is the selection here however have shown good form at this level in the past. The four-year-old won four of her six starts last spell including over 1400m in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield in October.

The Fighting Sun filly proved a disappointment when fading over 1500m in the Golden Eagle at Rosehill two weeks later however and has been absent since. Jockey Jamie Kah knows the filly well while the selection has won first up on both previous attempts. Well drawn in two here the grey looks capable of recording a seventh win in nine starts.

Power for Cross success

The first of the three Group races on the Randwick card comes up as the fifth race, the Group 3 Southern Cross over 1200m. Espiona won at Group 3 level over 1400m here in April last year and has since performed well in Group 2 company.

Chris Waller’s filly came home one-and-a-half-lengths fourth in the Group 2 Golden Pendant over 1400m at Rosehill in September on her penultimate start.

Given a break since a disappointing effort on a soft 6 track in The Invitation over 1400m at Randwick the following month she is expected to be sharp first up. While Titanium Power lacks the experience of some of his rivals at this level he is race fit having been kept busy in recent months.

The five-year-old delivered a victory over this distance in a Benchmark 88 contest at Rosehill on his penultimate outing. Subsequently recorded a good third over 1400m in the Carrington Stakes on a soft 5 track at this circuit.

The son of So You Think looks the main pace angle in this field and is taken to get across from his draw in barrier nine to make all the running under Tim Clark.

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