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Australian Racing: Chilly Charlie can freeze out the competition

There are six meetings set to take place on Wednesday with Balaklava’s provincial fixture the sole non-metro meeting.

Race 4 Warwick Farm

Chilly Charlie @ 3.80 

Race 4 Sandown Lakeside

Speak @ 5.00 

Race 8 Sandown Lakeside

Mornington Glory @ 4.00 

Charlie to break maiden 

The fourth race on the Warwick Farm card is the most valuable of the day with the $100,000 1400m maiden plate attracting a field of 10 runners.

The Edward Cummings-trained Rockola is expected to start favourite, having placed on both starts since debuting with a seventh over 1250m at Newcastle in September.

The most recent of those placed efforts saw the gelding beaten just under two lengths when third on a good 4 track at Randwick Kensington at the start of this month.

The son of Jukebox raced over this trip for the first time that day and, while he failed to shine in an 800m barrier trial at Hawkesbury subsequently, he rates highly in first time winkers.

The pick however is CHILLY CHARLIE, who has an inside barrier, having shown ability in two outings at Newcastle. 

The first of those saw the three-year-old deliver a fourth-place finish, when beaten just over five lengths in an eight runner 1200m maiden on a good 4 track last month.

The selection encountered similar conditions when taking a step forward to place third over 1300m earlier this month. 

Jockey Dylan Gibbons takes the ride for the first time here and, with the extra distance expected to suit the son of Frosted, he is taken to deliver a victory in what looks a highly competitive maiden. 

Speak for Sandown victory

Sandown Lakeside are also set to stage racing, with the fourth race on their card a competitive looking Benchmark 70 handicap over 2100m for fillies & mares. 

A good 4 track is expected with last season's Group 3 SA Fillies Classic fourth One Last Kiss expected to have her supporters, following a couple of good efforts in lower grades this time around.

Trained by Dan O’Sullivan, the filly resumed with a half-length second in a 1543m Benchmark 64 handicap held on a soft 5 track at Geelong early last month.

The filly caught the eye with a strong finish that day and duly went one better when taking a 1600m Benchmark 58 handicap at Ballarat on 6th November.

The step up in distance here is no issue, however, this looks a tougher event with SPEAK the pick on her fourth start since switching hemispheres. 

Trained by Michael Moroney, the filly showed plenty of promise when sixth in an 1800m Benchmark 70 handicap at Flemington when racing first up in September.

A second, following a slow start, followed in a 2025m contest at Cranbourne and, while she finished last in the Group 3 Lexus Archer Stakes over 2500m back at Flemington, she drops in grade here. 

Craig Williams’ mount has an inside alley here and, with the trip and forecast underfoot conditions no issue, she looks up to saluting in this contest. 

Glory to triumph at Sandown

The finale at Sandown Lakeside is an interesting 1200m Benchmark 70 handicap with the in-form MORNINGTON GLORY selected to register his second win this spell.

Trained by Gavin Bedggood, the pick registered a two-and-a-half-length victory when contesting an 1100m Benchmark 64 handicap at Geelong on his penultimate start.

The selection finished strongly on that occasion in the style of a horse who would appreciate the step up to 1200m.

Beau Mertens’ mount showed good form when runner-up when racing down the straight in an 1100m Benchmark 80 handicap at Flemington subsequently and this looks an easier event. 

While the five-year-old has yet to win over this trip, it’s of note that two of his four starts over the distance have come on wet tracks. 

The son of Shalaa has a good alley here and, with the forecast underfoot conditions to suit, he looks up to returning to winning ways. 

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