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Australian Racing: Helikedempretty looks good at Doomben

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures at both Doomben and Ascot.

Race 9 Doomben

Helikedempretty @ 3.00

Race 4 Ascot

Sowar @ 1.85

Race 6 Ballarat

Gottabesavvy @ 4.60

Pretty primed for Doomben glory

The penultimate race on Doomben’s ten-race card is a 1200m Benchmark 65 handicap for fillies & mares.

The Ian Livingstone-trained Roman Reign is a three-time winner this season and she completed a double when winning on a soft 5 track at Kilcoy in November.

The mare came home five lengths clear of her rivals over this 1200m distance that day and she was spelled following a fifth over the same track and trip the following month.

The six-year-old made the perfect start to her 2024 when saluting by a narrow margin in an 1100m Class 4 handicap at Gatton last month.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor has a wide barrier to overcome here, however, and others are preferred when stepping up to metro company.

Robert Heathcote is set to send out HELIKEDEMPRETTY, with the four-year-old having delivered a victory at this venue when racing first up this prep.

The 3.00 filly registered a victory by just under half-a-length when contesting an 1110m Benchmark 65 handicap on that occasion.

A second-placed finish over this course and distance followed for the Pariah filly, with both of those efforts coming on wet tracks.

Noel Callow’s mount has a good barrier in this contest and, while untested on going as soft as is forecast here, she should handle it and is taken to register her third career win.

Sowar to score in Apprentice Series

Leg six of the National Apprentice Race Series features on Ascot’s card, with the race in question coming up as the fourth race of the day.

Ianish Luximon takes the ride on Gold Merits, with the daughter of Demerit expected to have her supporters following some solid efforts this prep.

Those efforts include a good second when contesting a 1600m Class 3 handicap on a good 4 track here on her penultimate start.

The six-year-old was beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths that day and, while she holds strong claims, it can pay to look elsewhere.

Mitchell Pateman saddles course regular SOWAR in this event, with the pick having registered placed efforts here on each of his last three starts.

The son of Sepoy has jumped at decent odds on each occasion, most recently when one-and-a-half-lengths second in a 1600m Benchmark 66+ handicap at the weekend.

The 1.85 pick raced on a good 4 track on that occasion and quicker going is expected here as the gelding makes a swift reappearance.

Jockey Zephen Johnston-Porter takes the ride here and he can steer the gelding to victory.

Savvy sound for Ballarat success

The sixth race at Ballarat is a 2000m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

GOTTABESAVVY has performed well on wet tracks in the past, including when third over 2000m on a soft 6 surface at Caulfield in July last year.

The gelding has been racing on a sound surface so far this prep, most recently when beaten less than two lengths over 2400m at Sandown Hillside on 20th March.

The 4.60 pick came home fourth in a Benchmark 64 handicap on that occasion and the drop back in distance is no issue here.

Although a wide alley isn’t ideal, the four-year-old has gone well when ridden with restraint in the past and his barrier shouldn’t pose too many issues here.

Craig Newitt’s mount has won over this course and distance in the past and he looks up to returning to winning ways.

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