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Australian Racing: Do Ya Punk ready to strike at Sandown

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday including Sandown, Eagle Farm and Randwick Kensington.

Race 5 Sandown Lakeside
Do Ya Punk @ 4.60

Race 5 Randwick Kensington
Ceasefire @ 4.60

Race 1 Eagle Farm
Beautantes @ 6.00

Punk looking good for victory

The fourth race on the Sandown Lakeside card is an intriguing Benchmark 78 handicap set to take place over 1200m.

Trading Post failed to shine at this venue when down the field over 1400m at Benchmark 64 level in December, but has shown good form in two starts since returning from a spell.

The first of those saw him finish runner-up in a Benchmark 64 handicap over this trip at Pakenham in April, while he duly went one better in a similar contest on a soft 5 surface in May.

Freshened since that effort he is expected to go well from off the pace.

Jumping from one barrier inside him is DO YA PUNK, who is preferred on this occasion following a third in a 1300m Benchmark 84 handicap here last month.

The soft 7 track appeared to suit on that occasion, while the 4.60 pick wasn’t beaten far when finishing 11th over the same course and distance when racing at this level two weeks earlier.

The booking of promising apprentice Thomas Stockdale takes the eye for the Peter Moody stable here and he looks capable of delivering a victory on the tactically versatile son of Unencumbered.

Ceasefire to bullet past rivals

Randwick Kensington are set to stage a seven-race card, with a good 4 track expected.

The fifth race of the day is a 1300m Benchmark 72 event, with Super Friendship expected to have his supporters having made just six previous starts.

Five of those outings came in Hong Kong, with a heart irregularity requiring him to trial multiple times on the orders of the stewards.

Those barrier trials include a fifth at Sha Tin in November and he made his first competitive start since January last year when winning a Class 1 contest over 1200m at Gosford last month.

That Gosford effort came on a good 4 track and, while he rates highly here, preference is for Paul Messara’s CEASEFIRE.

The five-year-old has shown good form in finishing runner-up in three of his five starts this spell, most recently when narrowly beaten in the Aberdeen Cup over 1280m at Muswellbrook.

The 4.60 pick was encountering a track rated good for the first time since August on that occasion and is versatile with regards to tactics.

The son of Panzer Division’s previous sixth at Warwick Farm when racing in this Benchmark 72 grade was a decent effort given he was beaten less than two lengths.

The promising Zac Lloyd takes one-and-a-half-kilograms off and can steer the gelding to victory.

Beautantes ready to fly at Eagle Farm

The opening race on the Eagle Farm card takes the eye, with BEAUTANTES having shown ability when making his debut at Doomben.

The selection delivered a second-place finish when beaten a head by a more experienced rival on that occasion.

The gelding did best of those racing close to the pace, having attempted to make all on a good 4 surface in a 1050m maiden contest on that occasion.

Trained by Robert Heathcote, the 6.00 pick has a fair alley five off the rail here with jockey Mark Du Plessis, on board on that occasion again in the saddle.

The slightly shorter distance here looks likely to suit and the pick is taken to break his maiden at the second time of asking.

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