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Australian Racing: Wings Of Song can soar to victory

There are nine race meetings set to take place on Friday, including at Canterbury who are set to stage an eight-race metro program.

Race 7 Canterbury

Imrahor @ 7.00 

Race 6 Hobart

Wings Of Song @ 3.60 

Race 6 Cranbourne

Miss Icelandic @ 2.80 

Imrahor for Canterbury victory 

The most valuable contest on the Canterbury card is a 1550m Benchmark 72 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track.

The six-year-old Taraashoq is expected to jump as favourite, having shown good form in placing in two of his three starts this spell.

The first of those efforts came when narrowly beaten in a track and trip contest when racing at this level on 15th December.

The Bjorn Baker-trained gelding finished runner-up on that occasion and followed it up with a good third in a 1600m Benchmark 78 handicap at Randwick last weekend.

However, the Annabel Neasham-trained top weight IMRAHOR boasts a good first up record and is preferred in this contest.

The seven-year-old has won first up twice in the past, including when recording a victory by less than half-a-length in a 1300m Benchmark 72 handicap at Warwick Farm in May last year.

The selection raced on soft 6 track on that occasion and went on to deliver a solid fifth when racing over 1600m in a similar contest at the same venue on his next start.

The son of Kingman was spelled having been ridden with more restraint prior to a down-the-field effort over 1400m at Randwick when last in action back in June.

Jett Stanley, on board for the previously mentioned Warwick Farm efforts, returns to the saddle here and with a good alley his mount is taken to resume with a win.  

Wings for Guineas glory

The Tasmanian Guineas comes up as the sixth race of the day at Hobart.

The Listed contest is set to take place on a soft 5 track, with D’Oro Star expected to have his supporters for the Liandra Gray team.

The gelding is the winner of half of his four starts to date, including when successful by three lengths over 1150m when racing at Devonport Synthetic on debut in September.

Craig Newitt, set to ride here, has been on the board for his two most recent starts including when racing from the front prior to saluting by two lengths in a 1400m contest at Launceston.

The three-year-old raced on a soft 5 track that day and, while he rates highly here, WINGS OF SONGS is preferred for in-form handler Patrick Payne.

The selection found Group 3 company too hot when racing at Caulfield in October but has shown better form in Benchmark 58 handicap company since.

The filly lost out narrowly in a 2040m contest, when runner-up on a good 4 track on her penultimate start, prior to saluting dropped to 1606m to salute despite racing wide on 16th December.

Jye McNeill’s mount looks ready for this step up in class and is taken to get the better of her male rivals here. 

Miss to salute at Cranbourne

The sixth race at Cranbourne is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap, with MISS ICELANDIC taking the eye having shown good form at metro level in recent months.

The four-year-old has placed third at Moonee Valley on two of her last three starts, including when losing out by less than a neck over 1200m there on 1st December.

The selection followed that effort up with a fifth in a 1200m contest down the straight at Flemington 19 days later.

A change of tactics saw Matt Laurie’s mare race from the front at Flemington and dropping back in distance she looks up to returning to winning ways under Beau Mertens. 

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