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Australian Racing: Binding to excite at Eagle Farm

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures at both Eagle Farm and Belmont Park.

Race 7 Eagle Farm

Binding @ 5.50

Race 6 Belmont Park

Snazzler @ 7.50

Race 6 Kembla Grange

She's Unusual @ 3.40

Binding goesfor Eagle Farm glory

The finale on Eagle Farm’s seven-race card is a 1600m Benchmark 75 handicap that is expected to see the hat-trick seeking Jovita jump as favourite.

Trained by Lee Freedman, the filly showed a liking for this venue when placing in a couple of Class 1 handicap contest earlier this spell.

The second of those efforts saw her lose out by a narrow margin when racing over 1400m on a soft 5 surface in November.

The four-year-old has been switched to Gold Coast’s polytrack surface for her two most recent efforts with the filly winning by an aggregate of over 12 lengths.

Both of those wins came over 1540 and she steps up in distance here, while it’s notable that she isn’t certain to handle the soft 7 conditions expected.

Stablemate BINDING, the mount of Samantha Collett is preferred in this contest, with the filly having shown good form when fourth in Listed company over this track and trip last time.

That Listed effort came in the Bernborough Plate which was held on a good 4 track, with the selection attempting to make all prior to fading late on.

The 5.50 daughter of So You Think had previously impressed when winning a Benchmark 65 handicap over 1680m at Ipswich which she has shown good form on soft and heavy surfaces in the past.

Barrier two is a positive for the selection and she is taken to deliver her second victory of this spell.

Snazzler set for spring success

Belmont Park are set to stage a seven-race card, with the penultimate race of the day a 1200m Class 3 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track.

El Patron is expected to have his supporters having registered some solid efforts here in his last spell.

Those efforts include a third when beaten two-and-a-half-lengths over 1600m on a soft 6 track last May.

However, he was beaten over three lengths in two of his three subsequent starts and while he prepped for this with a narrow defeat in a 1000m barrier trial here last month.

The pick here, however, is SNAZZLER, who ended his last spell with a one-and-a-half-length victory in a 1400m Class 1 handicap that took place on a soft 6 track here in early July.

The 7.50 pick had delivered a couple of good second-place finishes in similar events prior to that including over this course and distance the previous month.

While jockey Austin Galati’s mount failed to shine when last of eight over 1000m in a Class 3 handicap at Ascot last month, he is expected to have improved for that effort.

Jason Pateman’s gelding has a good alley five from the rail here and with the forecast underfoot conditions to suit he looks up to recording a victory here.

Unusual to return to winning ways

The sixth race at Kembla Grange takes the eye with a heavy 10 surface expected for the Benchmark 64 handicap.

John O’Shea saddles SHE'S UNUSUAL here and she made the perfect start to her career when winning by over a length in a 1400m maiden held on a heavy 10 track at Awapuni in September.

The return to a forecast wet track is a positive here having been beaten into second when sent off favourite for a 1400m Class 1 handicap held on a good 4 track at Goulburn last month.

The 3.40 daughter of Unusual Suspect has a good alley five from the rail here and wearing blinkers for the first time she looks capable of registering her second win in three starts.

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