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Australian Racing: Wet track no issue for Oceanic Flash

There are six meetings set to take place on Wednesday including action from Warwick Farm and Eagle Farm plus Group 3 action at Launceston.

Race 5 Warwick Farm

Oceanic Flash @ 13/5

Race 9 Launceston

Embeller @ 11/2

Race 2 Eagle Farm

Bedaub @ 9/5

Flash to score at Warwick Farm

The fifth at Warwick Farm is an interesting 2400m Benchmark 72 handicap. A soft 5 surface is forecast for the race with Annabel Neasham’s import Tip Of The Spear expected to start favourite.

The five-year-old has shown ability over shorter on both starts since joining Neasham including when fourth on a good 4 track at Benchmark 78 level at Rosehill last month. The gelding won twice in Ireland including over 2000m prior to joining the Mario Baratti stable for whom he had the one start.

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That effort came at Group 2 level when finishing last of six over 2800m at Longchamp in July last year. The wet track here is no issue for the son of Epaulette but fellow five-year-old Oceanic Flash is preferred on this occasion.

Brenton Avdulla’s mount has competed successfully in stronger contests in the past including when a close second in a 2000m Benchmark 78 event at Randwick in December. That effort came on a good 4 track and he has since shown good form when runner-up over this trip at Randwick Kensington earlier this month.

Had previously finished held on a soft 5 surface but that did come at Benchmark 88 level while the gelding has shown he acts on wet tracks in the past.

Trainers Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou know what it takes to win at this venue and their representative is selected to register win number five.

Embeller to take Vamos

The 1400m Vamos Stakes is one of two Group 3 races on the Launceston card. Tom Dabernig’s Embeller has yet to win in six starts this spell but did take a step forward when placing second in the 1200m Group 3 Kevin Sharkie Bow Mistress at Hobart earlier this month.

That effort marked the five-year-old’s first start in Group company since a last of 15 effort over 1200m at Rosehill as a two-year-old. The daughter of Super One should have no issue with the expected soft 5 ground having won on soft going in the past.

A good alley in sixth is a further positive for Blaike McDougall’s mount who is taken to record her first Group race success.

Bedaub for Eagle Farm success

The second race at Eagle Farm is an interesting 1000m handicap contest. The Michael Nolan-trained Bedaub looks to hold strong claims of registering his second victory following some solid efforts this spell.

The daughter of Easy Rocking, a debut winner over this trip at Toowoomba in September finished fifth on her first two starts since returning from a break.

The most recent of those came when beaten less than five lengths in a race won by subsequent Group 2 second Party For Two over 1050m at Doomben a month ago. Caught late on having looked a likely winner for much of the race when contesting a race over this course and distance earlier this month.

Ben E Thompson on board last time out is again in the saddle here and is selected to steer the most experienced runner in the field to a second victory.

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