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Australian Racing: Hawaii Five Oh tipped to strike

There’s five meetings due to take place on Wednesday including four metro fixtures.

Race 7 Randwick Kensington
Hawaii Five Oh @ 3.60

Race 8 Sandown Hillside
Eagles Crag @ 3.60

Race 1 Doomben
Cranky Harry @ 2.60

Hawaii to register Randwick Kensington success

The penultimate race on the Randwick Kensington card is a competitive looking Benchmark 72 contest. A good 4 track is expected for the 1400m contest with the unbeaten Cool Jakey expected to have his supporters.

Trained by Mark Newnham, the gelding has shown solid form in winning both of his previous starts including on a good 4 track last time out.

The son of Pierro proved two lengths too good for his rivals when racing from the front in a 1200m Benchmark 64 event at Newcastle earlier this month.

Jockey Tyler Schiller may have issues employing similar tactics from a wide alley here and with that in mind preference is for HAWAII FIVE OH.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained pick disappointed when tailed off last of nine over 1400m on a heavy 10 track in a valuable contest here in October on his final start of 2022.

The colt tackled an easier contest and went some way to making amends for that effort when runner-up in a 1300m Class 1 contest at Newcastle early last month.

The return to a good track appeared to suit that day and returning from a let-up he is taken to deliver a victory under Nash Rawiller.

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Crag for Sandown Hillside victory

The finale at Sandown Hillside takes the eye with a field of 19 declared for the 1400m Benchmark 78 contest. EAGLES CRAG for the Archie Alexander stable is selected to take this contest following a good fourth over this track and trip in a higher grade last month.

That effort came in a Benchmark 84 contest with the form of that effort working out well with the front two both winning since. The six-year-old import was tackling good ground for the first time since winning at Benalla in September 2021 in that course and distance contest.

The pick had previously shown solid form on soft tracks last year and while absent since a third at Caulfield last June, he appeared in good shape on his return.

The son of Fastnet Rock boasts a strong second up record having won two of his three second up outings and is selected to deliver career win number four.

Harry to score for Bruce

Boom Shoot is expected to jump as favourite for the opener at Doomben. The race is a 1350m Benchmark 68 contest with a soft 5 surface forecast.

Trained by Tony Gollan the gelding made the perfect start to his racing career when scoring by a head having raced from off the pace over 1200m here earlier this month.

The form of that race hasn’t been tested as yet and while the step up in distance looks likely to suit, he is likely to find CRANKY HARRY too strong.

The gelding, who carries joint-top weight here, placed second when racing on the speed at Beaumont in a 1400m maiden contest on debut in January.

The pick duly went one better under similar tactics over the same trip at Eagle Farm the following month. Both of those efforts came on a good 4 track with the Jack Bruce-trained gelding showing that soft ground is no issue when runner-up in a 1400m handicap at the same venue earlier this month.

The drop back in distance shouldn’t provide any issues and the son of Spill The Beans looks capable of doubling his career tally.

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