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Australian Racing: Growl set to roar at Warwick Farm

There's plenty of metro action on Wednesday with meetings at Sandown Lakeside, Warwick Farm, Eagle Farm and Belmont Park, plus a provincial fixture at Balaklava.

Race 1 Sandown Lakeside
Rivaport @ 6.00

Race 7 Eagle Farm
Whitewater @ 5.50

Race 4 Warwick Farm
Growl @ 4.40

Rivaport to go with the flow

The opener at Sandown Lakeside is an interesting 2400m Benchmark 70 affair.

A soft 7 track is expected for the race and the grade-dropper Hereforagoodtime is expected to have her supporters, having been competitive at a higher level on her two most recent starts.

The second of those saw her finish fourth, beaten less than three-and-a-half-lengths in a race over this trip on the Hillside course here earlier this month.

That effort came at Benchmark 70 level and she has a good jockey in Ben Melham booked to ride.

Preference, however, is for the Grahame Begg-trained RIVAPORT.

The 6.00 pick hails from a stable who boast an impressive 40% strike-rate (4/10) this season and she is the only runner on the card for her handler.

Rivaport has shown good form over shorter, including when winning by two-and-a-half-lengths in a 1600m Benchmark 64 event at Sandown Hillside back in March.

The daughter of Le Havre caught the eye when doing her best work late on in finishing fourth, beaten less than six lengths in a 2025m Benchmark 70 event at Mornington earlier this month.

The selection's only previous effort over this trip came in France back in 2021 and she is taken to record a third career win with Blake Shinn booked to ride.

Whitewater can outdo Micro

Micro showed good form prior to a down the field effort at Doomben and is expected to be fancied to return to the winner's enclosure in the seventh at Eagle Farm.

The race concerned is a 1400m Benchmark 68 handicap with a good 4 track expected.

Trained by Dale Groves, the gelding impressed when drawing four-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals under his jockey here Leslie Tilley in a 1200m Class 1 event at Toowoomba.

That effort was followed up with a victory over the same distance at Ipswich when tackling a Class 2 event.

The 1400m trip here should prove no issue having won at the distance in the past, but racing from a wide alley may prove more problematic, with WHITEWATER getting the nod on this occasion.

The 5.50 four-year-old came home fourth of seven over 1600m when contesting a Class 3 event at this venue back in March.

The David Vandyke-trained gelding followed that up with a good second over the same distance in a Benchmark 65 event at Sunshine Coast just over two weeks later.

He has won first up in the past and, having trialled well for this event with two successes including over 1200m at Deagon June 13th, he is taken to return with a victory.

Snowdens' charge aiming to bite

The fourth race at Warwick Farm is likely to see Green Shadows jump as a short-priced favourite following a second in a Benchmark 78 event over 1300m at Randwick.

Racing first up that day the gelding finished strongly from off the pace in the style of a horse who would appreciate the return to 1400m he gets here.

However, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained four-year-old GROWL is preferred on this occasion, having taken a marked step forward when runner-up at Randwick earlier this month.

The 4.40 pick was ridden with restraint in an eight-horse field prior to suffering a near three-length defeat that day under his jockey here, Reece Jones.

That effort marked an improvement on his first run back following more than a year off the track, when he finished down the field over 1100m here last month.

The step up to 1400m should be no issue and he may prove up to upsetting the favourite.

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