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Australian Racing: Heroic Miss can be on target at Ipswich

There are six meetings set to take place on Wednesday including metro fixtures at Launceston, Sandown Lakeside and Ipswich.

Race 7 Launceston

First Accused @ 12.00  

Race 6 Sandown Lakeside

War Frontier @ 5.50  

Race 2 Ipswich

Heroic Miss @ 2.50 

Accused for Newmarket glory

The Listed Newmarket Handicap is the feature race at Launceston, with the Glenn Stevenson stable double handed ahead of the 1200m contest, which is set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Turk Warrior is expected to prove popular in the market having won over 1400m in a set weights event here in February.

The gelding went on to finish sixth in the Listed Hareeba Stakes at Mornington in April and has a good barrier two from the rail here. 

However, stablemate FIRST ACCUSED looks a big price to take this event having registered a good half-length second when contesting this race 12 months ago.

The gelding had Turk Warrior (fourth) and Alpine Wolf (third), who both reoppose here, behind him on that occasion and he gets in off a nice racing weight for jockey Codi Jordan.

The selection made his first start since a fourth over 1300m in a Benchmark 84 handicap at Sandown Hillside in June, when beaten just over two lengths in finishing seventh at Hobart earlier this month.

That Hobart effort came in an 1100m contest on a good 4 track and, with the slightly softer going expected here no issue, he is selected to finish one place better than in 2022.

Frontier for Sandown success

The sixth race on the Sandown Lakeside card is a 1500m Benchmark 64 handicap due to take place on a soft 5 track.

The Peter Gelagotis-trained Vonk built on a string of solid efforts in maiden contests when breaking his maiden in impressive fashion in a 1400m contest at Pakenham earlier this month.

The five-year-old came home six-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals, having been ridden from the front by his jockey here Jye McNeil.

While the gelding steps up to face winners for the first time here, he has a good barrier four from the rail and a nice racing weight. 

However, preference here is for WAR FRONTIER, who remains open to improvement having made just four previous career starts.

Those four starts include two wins, with the first coming when saluting by nearly three-and-a-half-lengths in a 1400m maiden at Ballarat at the start of last month.

The pick duly confirmed that he is up to competing successfully against winners when recording a narrow victory in a Benchmark 64 handicap over the same distance at Moe on 20th October.

While both of those victories came on good 4 surfaces, the four-year-old faded when racing close to the speed in a Benchmark 64 handicap held on a soft 5 track at Pakenham.

The selection was keen on that occasion and he can be forgiven for that effort, with Damian Lane set to ride for the first time since his Ballarat maiden triumph.

Miss to score at Ipswich

The second race of the day at Ipswich sees a field of eight fillies and mares line up for a 1200m Benchmark 65 handicap.

Chris Munce’s HEROIC MISS is the pick here having shown that she handles wet conditions in the past, including when runner-up in a Class 2 over this track and trip first up this spell.

That effort came in September, with the pick going on to register a one-and-a-half-length victory over 1100m when racing at Benchmark 62 level at Gatton two starts later. 

The daughter of Heroic Valour went on to finish fourth over 1110m at Doomben at the start of the month and is taken to salute following a barrier trial win at that track last week.

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