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Australian Racing: Flick to bloom in Rosehill's Rosebud

There's plenty of action for punters to get stuck into this Saturday, including ten-race cards at both Rosehill and Moonee Valley.

Race 8 Rosehill

Cigar Flick @ 5.50

Race 7 Moonee Valley

Flash Flood @ 4.20

Race 7 Eagle Farm

Rubiquitous @ 3.20

Cigar can give Rosebud rivals the Flick

The Listed Chandon Rosebud is the most valuable race on the Rosehill card and the race over 1100m has attracted a field of eight three-year-olds.

With a good 4 surface expected, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Tiz Invincible is expected to go off favourite, having shown up well in Group company in her two starts at two.

The first of those saw the filly register a fourth-place finish in the Group 3 Black Opal over 1200m at Canberra in March.

The daughter of I Am Invincible duly followed that up with second in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes at Randwick the following month.

While both of those efforts came on wet tracks, James McDonald’s mount should have no issues with the quicker going forecast here.

However, the race-fit CIGAR FLICK is preferred on this occasion, having returned from a spell with a victory in a small field 1100m handicap on a soft 5 track at Randwick July 8th.

The 5.50 pick is another filly to have shown up well in Group company as a juvenile, including when two lengths fifth in the 1100m Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude at Sandown Hillside in February.

That Sandown Hillside effort saw the pick track the pace early on a good 3 track and she is selected to provide the Chris Waller team with a Listed success in this contest.

Flood to rush to Valley victory

The seventh race at Moonee Valley is a competitive looking 2040m Benchmark 100 contest.

With a good 4 track forecast 2021’s Melbourne Cup fourth Floating Artist is likely to prove popular with punters.

The eight-year-old was off for well over a year prior to returning with a fourth in a 1400m Benchmark 100 contest at Bendigo at the start of April.

Trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, the gelding registered his best effort in two subsequent starts when beaten less than two lengths into fifth in the VRC Member Clint Jellis Trophy.

That effort came over 2000m at Flemington and he has the services of Thomas Stockdale here.

Stablemate FLASH FLOOD, the mount of Carleen Hefel, is preferred on this occasion, however.

The 4.20 selection showed good form earlier in 2023, including when runner-up on a heavy 10 track in a 1400m handicap at Warrnambool in early May.

Since that contest the pick has won all three starts, with Hefel on board on each occasion culminating in a narrow victory in a similar race to this over course and distance July 29th.

The six-year-old has a good alley here and with further improvement expected he looks capable of registering his eighth career success.

Rubiquitous aims to double up

RUBIQUITOUS has shown a liking for Eagle Farm in the past, winning twice from five starts and he looks capable of registering his third course win in the seventh race of the day.

The race in question is a 1000m open handicap event set to take place on a good 4 track.

Trained by Chris Anderson, Rubiquitous delivered a narrow margin victory in a Benchmark 85 handicap over this distance on good 4 track at Sunshine Coast at the start of last month.

Prior to that the 3.20 pick had placed fourth in the Listed Lightning Handicap over this course and distance and he has been freshened since his Sunshine Coast triumph.

The five-year-old has a good alley here and looks capable of racing prominently prior to saluting for the third time in 2023.

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