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Australian Racing: Blaze A Trail to lead the way

There’s plenty of racing for punters to get stuck into this Saturday with the highlight being the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield.

Race 8 Caulfield

Malkovich @ 7.50

Race 6 Randwick

Mutamanni @ 4.00

Race 6 Doomben

Blaze A Trail @ 2.50

Malkovich for Monash glory

A field of 13 are set to go to post for the Caulfield feature due off as the penultimate race on a nine-race card.

The James Cummings stable saddle Ingratiating in the Group 3 event and he is expected to have his supporters having shown good form over this track and trip when racing first up in his last spell.

The four-year-old resumed in September with a length victory in a handicap contest that took place on a heavy 9 track here prior to finishing runner-up in the Group 2 Schillaci on a soft 5 surface.

Notably, both of those efforts came over this course and distance and while he failed to trouble the judge twice subsequently those efforts came in much stronger events than he tackles here. 

MALKOVICH is preferred on this occasion with the selection having delivered a first up success in the Hawkesbury Gold Rush, a Listed event over this distance at Hawkesbury in April.

While slightly disappointing twice subsequently including when shipped to Eagle Farm prior to a seventh place finish in the Lightning Handicap, a Listed event there at the start of last month.

Freshened since that Eagle Farm contest, the pick impressed in taking a barrier trial by a wide margin over 800m at Hawkesbury on 19th June.

The forecast underfoot conditions are in the five-year-old’s favour and he is taken to salute for trainer Bjorn Baker.

Import for Randwick success 

Chris Waller’s import MUTAMMANI looks to hold strong claims of registering a third win in four starts since switching hemispheres in the sixth at Randwick.

The race in question is a 2000m Benchmark 78 event with the pick having delivered a maiden victory over 1800m on a soft track at Chantilly in October 2021.

Absent thereafter, the four-year-old has made up for lost time saluting twice in three starts this time around including when racing first up over 1400m at Sandown Lakeside in May.

A below par effort over 1600m when finishing eighth when racing at this level at Sandown Hillside followed subsequently, but he made amends when winning at Warwick Farm on 28th June.

That latest effort came over 1600m, but the son of Kitten’s Joy is bred to appreciate further and is taken to deliver a victory back up to Benchmark 78 level. 

Trail for Doomben triumph

The sixth race at Doomben takes the eye with the 1350m Class 6 having attracted a field of 15.

Among them is Chris Meagher’s Arentee, who acquitted himself well when fifth in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes over 1200m at Eagle Farm last month.

The four-year-old gets a drop back in grade having won a similar race to this by a neck over 1200m when racing first up in May.

However fellow grade dropper BLAZE A TRAIL is preferred on this occasion following a close third when racing at Listed level over this trip in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich. 

The gelding has been ridden from mid-division in recent starts and Ryan Maloney should have no issues employing such tactics from barrier 10. 

While the selection hasn’t won since last year's Mildura Cup just under a year ago, he has delivered a number of solid efforts in defeat and is taken to return the winners’ enclosure here. 

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