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Australian Racing: Houston Rocket can reach new heights

There’s five meetings set to take place on Wednesday including a metro fixture from Doomben.

Race 6 Ballarat

Gottabesavvy @ 4.20

Race 3 Doomben

Houston Rocket @ 3.80

Race 4 Newcastle

Silvakia @ 5.50

Savvy selected for Ballarat glory 

A heavy 8 track is expected at Ballarat with the sixth race on the card, a Benchmark 64 contest taking the eye. 

The 1600m event is likely to see Intrepid Eagle prove fancied following placed efforts on all three starts this spell. 

The most recent of those came when beaten five lengths into third in a 1600m Benchmark 64 event at Sandown Hillside at the end of last month. 

Tackling a wet track for the first time this spell the three-year-old kept on nicely having been slowly away on that occasion. 

However Gottabesavvy is preferred on this occasion following a promising return to action when third in a 1400m Restricted 64 event at Pakenham on March 30. 

Unfancied in the market on that occasion the pick was beaten just over two lengths by Oceans Above who has since acquitted himself well in a metro Benchmark 70 event at Sandown Lakeside. 

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained gelding is expected to have improved for that effort and has shown a liking for heavy going in the past. 

The son of Savabeel’s best effort in two starts on a heavy track came when a close second in a Moe maiden over this trip on a heavy 10 surface last October. 

The gelding had excuses in his only other outing on heavy given he was outclassed at Group 2 level at Moonee Valley eight days later. 

John Allen’s mount has a good draw here and looks capable of delivering a second career success.

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Rocket for maiden success 

The second race on the Doomben card is an interesting 1200m maiden plate. A soft 5 track is expected for the race with Tajiri’s scratching leaving a field of 10. 

Houston Rocket finished in the placings on both starts in his first spell racing and looks likely to jump as favourite here. 

Trained by Chris Munce the gelding encountered a soft track for the first time when third over 1400m at Sunshine Coast back in November. 

That race is producing winners with the second home and fourth home both registering subsequent victories. 

Prior to that 1400m effort the pick had debuted with a near six-and-a-half-length second in a 1000m maiden won by a subsequent winner at the same venue three weeks earlier. 

The son of Sebring did best of those coming from off the pace in that debut effort and with a good alley four off the rail he looks capable of breaking his maiden.

Silvakia for Newcastle triumph 

Trainer Mark Newnham boasts an impressive 28% strike-rate (7/25) at Newcastle and he looks to hold strong claims with Silvakia in the fourth race on the card. 

The race in question is an 1850m Benchmark 64 contest with a soft 5 track expected. The selection finished a fair eighth when beaten over seven-and-a-half-lengths in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes over 2000m on a heavy 8 track at Randwick at the start of this month. 

Prior to that the daughter of Reliable Man had been in good form placing in three consecutive starts including a 1900m Class 1 on a good 4 track at Gosford on her penultimate start. 

The grey should have no issue with the track here having broken her maiden on a wet track at Hawkesbury in July last year and she is taken to register a victory back racing at provincial level.

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