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Australian Racing: Cosmos to aim for the stars

There are four meetings set to take place on Thursday with Hawkesbury set to stage the most valuable card of the day.

Race 6 Hawkesbury

Cosmos @ 8.50 

Race 6 Ballarat

Power Missile @ 10.00

Race 8 Ipswich

Crazy Brave @ 4.80 

Cosmos for Hawkesbury glory

The sixth race on the Hawkesbury card is a competitive looking 1400m Class 1 handicap event set to take place on a good 4 track.

Andronicus showed good form as a juvenile, including when delivering an eye-catching length second over 1300m at Newcastle when debuting in July.

The colt followed that effort up with a victory over the same trip when ridden closer to the speed at Kembla Grange later that month.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, the colt makes his seasonal debut here and looks unlikely to have any issues with the extra distance on his return to action.

However, the concession of two-and-a-half kilograms to COSMOS may prove too much, with the filly having shown improvement with racing in her three starts to date.

Cosmos, the daughter of Snitzel, stepped up on her debut effort when beaten just under one-and-a-half-lengths into fourth in a 1200m maiden at Kembla Grange just under a month ago.

Christian Reith, due to ride here, took the mount for the first time when the selection broke her maiden by less than half-a-length in a 1300m maiden at Newcastle earlier this month.

The selection wore blinkers when racing on a good 4 track at Newcastle and they are again in use here.

Trainer James Cummings does well at this venue and his representative is taken to complete a double.  

Missile to fire 

The sixth at Ballarat is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap featuring three last start winners.

Among those is Alpinova who recorded a near two-and-a-half-length victory when taking out a Restricted 58 handicap over this trip on a good 4 track at Pakenham on 4th November.

The four-year-old represents the Michael Huglin stable and took a step forward that day, having been freshened prior to a fifth over the same trip at Bendigo in October. 

POWER MISSILE has a wide alley to overcome but is preferred, having lost out by just over a length when tackling a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap here when racing first up last month. 

That second-place finish came on a soft 6 track and, while any rain would aid the gelding’s chances, he has performed well on the forecast good 4 going in the past.

Fred Kersley’s mount gets a marked drop in grade here having faded when last of 10 in a 1200m Benchmark 80 handicap at Moonee Valley subsequently.

The application of a cross-over noseband for the first time here should help down in trip and he is taken to double his career tally. 

Brave to triumph at Ipswich

Annabel Neasham saddles CRAZY BRAVE in the penultimate race on the Ipswich card.

The race in question is a 1350m Benchmark 62 handicap set to take place on a soft 6 surface, with the gelding having shown a liking for this venue when third here on his penultimate start.

That third place finish came in a Class 1 set weights contest held over this trip on a good 3 surface, while he performed well when upped to metro level in finishing fifth at Eagle Farm subsequently.

The four-year-old was beaten four lengths over 1400m in a Class 1 handicap on a soft 5 track at Eagle Farm and he looks capable of returning to winning ways with James Orman booked to ride. 

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