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Australian Racing: Bella Nipotina backed for upset

There's Group 1 action at Randwick with the All Aged Stakes and Champagne Stakes on the schedule on Saturday.

Race 8 Ascot

Bella Nipotina @ 4.00

Race 7 Randwick

Don Corleone @ 3.80

Race 8 Randwick

Jacquinot @ 8.50

Nipotina to upset Jewel

The previously mentioned Tabtouch Quokka worth $4,000,000 is the most valuable race of the day with local runner Amelia’s Jewel expected to jump as favourite at Ascot.

The daughter of Siyouni has suffered defeat just once in her eight-race career, with that coming when racing from off the pace prior to finishing runner-up over 1400m here in November last year.

The three-year-old has won at the highest level since when scoring by a length over 1800m in the Northerly Stakes here at the start of December.

Simon Miller’s filly proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with in sprints when resuming with a length triumph in the Group 3 Roma Cup over 1100m here at the start of the month.

Amelia’s Jewel has a wide alley here however and, given she is unproven on the forecast soft 5 surface, BELLA NIPOTINA is selected following some solid performances this spell.

The pick has raced at Group 1 level in each of her last six starts including three times since returning from a spell.

While the Pride Of Dubai filly disappointed down the straight at Flemington in the 1200m Newmarket Handicap on her penultimate start she put that behind her when second subsequently.

That latest effort came when beaten by a length in the Group 1 William Reid over 1200m at Moonee Valley on March 24.

Freshened since that effort, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained selection makes her first start in Western Australia here and looks capable of delivering a seventh career win.

Corleone for Champagne glory

The two-year-olds get a chance to race over 1600m at the top level with the Group 1 Champagne Stakes set to take place at Randwick.

Militarize appeared to excel on the heavy 9 track when delivering an impressive three-and-a-half-length victory in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m here two weeks ago.

Brazilian riding sensation Joao Moreira rode for the first time that day and is again in the saddle here, with his mount showing a marked improvement in form that day.

The son of Dundeel had finished down the field when jumping at triple figure odds in the Golden Slipper prior to that, however, and DON CORLEONE is preferred in this contest.

Runner-up in the previously mentioned Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes, the pick had previously finished a good fourth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m at Rosehill last month.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, James McDonald who was on board when the selection suffered a surprise defeat here in February returns to the saddle for this contest.

The Extreme Choice won on a soft 5 track in a 1000m event here in January and is taken to double his career tally stepping up in distance.

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Jacquinot for All Aged success

JACQUINOT tackles older horses in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick and is selected to deliver a third win in four starts this spell.

The Rubick colt is unbeaten in two starts at this trip, including when being awarded the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes in the stewards room having been crowded late on at Sandown Hillside.

Since that triumph the pick has delivered a sixth place finish upped to 1600m for the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington early last month.

Freshened since that effort, a trip overseas to Royal Ascot has been mooted for the three-year-old who, with a good alley in four, looks capable of delivering a victory against his older rivals here.

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