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Australian Racing: Highest Award to sparkle at Belmont

There’s metro action from Rosehill, Ipswich and Belmont Park among the five meetings set to take place on Wednesday.

Race 3 Rosehill

Only Love @ 4.60

Race 4 Belmont Park

Highest Award @ 5.50

Race 4 Bendigo

Starconi @ 5.00

Love ready for Rosehill success

The third race of the day is a competitive looking 2400m Benchmark 72 contest, with top weight Nordic Pride expected to start as favourite.

The seven-year-old completed a Wagga double when taking out the 2500m Bidgee Pumps & Irrigation Riverina Cup last month.

That victory followed a triumph in a 2000m Benchmark 74 contest with both of those wins coming on a heavy 8 track.

Trained by Ben Brisbourne, the gelding proved that quicker going was no issue when runner-up on a good 4 track in a Benchmark 78 handicap over this track and trip earlier this month.

However, the unexposed ONLY LOVE is preferred on this occasion, with Chris Waller’s mare open to improvement having made just the five previous career starts.

The selection placed twice over 1600m prior to breaking her maiden in impressive fashion in a 2221m maiden at Seymour at the start of this month.

The 4.60 pick caught the eye when keeping on nicely in behind in finishing fourth in a 2433m Benchmark 64 handicap at Geelong on her only subsequent start.

Joao Moreira takes the ride here, and the daughter of Savabeel looks up to providing the Brazilian hoop with a winner.

Award has Highest chance at Belmont

In Western Australia, Belmont Park is the focus of attention, with the fourth race of the day a 1200m Class 1 handicap contest.

Maiden Blue Lagoon showed up well in a set weights contest over 1000m at this venue earlier this month and is expected to have his supporters.

The gelding had suffered a defeat when runner-up in a maiden over the same distance at Northam prior to that, however, and looks opposable in this contest.

HIGHEST AWARD is the pick in this contest with the filly having made just the two appearances to date.

The first of those saw her finish fourth in a maiden over this course and distance in November last year.

That effort came on a good 4 track and she encountered similar conditions when returning with a victory over 1100m in a contest at Northam earlier this month.

Trained by Meryl Hayley, the 5.50 filly had issues at the start prior to powering home to win by just under half-a-length at Northam.

Brandon Louis, on board for the filly's debut at this venue, is reunited with her here and the pair look capable of recording a victory.

Starconi to shine at Bendigo

The David Brideoake and Matt Jenkins team boast an impressive 75% strike-rate (3/4) at Bendigo in the last 12 months and they have just the one runner at the Victoria venue.

That comes in the fourth race on the card, a 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

The horse in question is STARCONI, who hasn’t been seen in action since finishing last of seven over 1112m on a soft 5 surface in a Restricted 64 contest at Geelong in April.

The 5.00 pick showed his best form last spell when runner-up over 1008m in a handicap at Sale when racing first up.

The four-year-old arrives here fresh and, with barrier six unlikely to pose an issue, he is taken to double his career tally by delivering a first up success here.

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