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Australian Racing: Hezashocka headed for Mornington glory

There is plenty of racing action for punters to get stuck into on Saturday, with the Mornington Cup one of the most intriguing contests of the day..

Race 8 Mornington

Hezashocka @ 3.80

Race 8 Doomben

Skyman @ 6.00

Race 3 Ascot

Snow Prince @ 4.60

Hezashocka looking good for success

The 2400m Mornington Cup provides the feature contest on the Mornington card. A soft 6 track is forecast for the contest set to take place as the eighth race on a nine-race card.

Right You Are arrives here in good form, having completed a five-timer when delivering a victory in the Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington on his penultimate outing.

All bar one of those victories came on a good track, with the exception being an impressive Benchmark 100 victory over 1800m at Sandown Hillside on a soft 6 surface in early February.

The son of So You Think acquitted himself well when upped to Group 3 company to place second in the Easter Cup over 2100m at Sandown Lakeside earlier this month.

The going was a heavy 8 at Sandown Lakeside and, while the tactically versatile gelding rates highly in this field, he still has to prove his stamina over this distance.

Similar comments stamina wise apply to HEZASHOCKA for the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr team, however the five-year-old is proven at a higher level having performed well in Group 1 company.

Those Group 1 efforts include a half-length third in the Champions Stakes over 2000m at Flemington in early November.

Zaaki won on that occasion while back in fourth was the recent retired top galloper Anamoe.

The son of Shocking will face nothing of their calibre here and he gets an easier event than when fourth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m on a soft 7 track at Randwick April 8.

The pick is drawn wide here, but should prove capable of slotting in behind and is taken to register a fourth career win.

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Skyman to score at Doomben

The penultimate race on the Doomben card is the 1615m Canadian Club Tails Stakes.

Five scratchings have left a field of ten for the race, with Tumbler Ridge likely to jump as favourite following an improved effort when runner-up over 1350m on a soft 6 track here earlier this month.

Boris Thornton’s mount should have no issues stepping back up in distance given he is unbeaten in two starts over this track and trip and he has been building towards a win this time around.

SKYMAN is the pick here, however, with Chris Waller’s charge having shown a liking for the course and distance when winning the Bernborough Plate on a good 4 track here in December.

The seven-year-old has made just the one subsequent start with that coming when sixth in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude over 1500m at Rosehill just under a month ago.

The selection kept on nicely when beaten three-and-a-half-lengths that day with the third home Diamil registering a success at Group 3 level at Randwick subsequently.

James Orman takes the ride on the pick who is taken to concede weight to all bar one of his rivals in this contest.

Prince primed for Ascot bid

The grade dropping SNOW PRINCE is expected to prove hard to beat in the third at Ascot.

The race in question is the 1100m Amelia Park Plate with a good 4 track forecast at the Perth venue.

The pick debuted with a win over 1200m at this venue in the Magic Millions Plate back in January and has performed well in stronger contests since.

Those efforts include a length third over this track and trip in the Perth Stakes which took place on a good 4 track at the start of the month.

While no match for Super Smink and co when fading into ninth having raced from the front in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate over 1200m here last time out, the pick did shape as if shorter would suit.

Clinton Johnston-Porter, on board for two of the gelding's three previous starts, is again in the saddle and the pair are taken to deliver a victory here.

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