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Australian Racing: I Am Me ready to fire in Rosehill showpiece

There's plenty of action for punters to get stuck into on Saturday, including the Rosehill feature race, the Group 2 Missile Stakes.

In total there are no fewer than 12 meetings on the schedule, including Flemington, Eagle Farm, Kembla Grange and Gold Coast.

Race 8 Rosehill

I Am Me @ 3.20

Race 7 Flemington

Cause For Concern @ 4.00

Race 7 Kembla Grange

Nanshe @ 2.60

I Am Me aimed at Missile success

The previously mentioned Group 2 contest is set to take place over 1200m and sees the return of 2022’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Golden Mile.

The four-year-old showed good form first up last spell when delivering a second-place finish over this course and distance in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes on a good 4 track.

However, the colt's form tailed off following a close up fourth in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes over 1300m at Randwick in March.

Trained by James Cummings, the colt failed to beat a rival home in his two most recent starts, including when last of 20 in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on a soft 9 track at Randwick in April.

The drop in distance is no issue and, while he rates as a leading player, I AM ME is preferred for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team.

The 3.20 mare delivered a number of impressive performances at a lower level prior to taking out the 1200m Canterbury Sprint on a good 3 track at Canterbury at the start of January.

The daughter of I Am Invincible also showed up well when beaten just over two lengths in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Sandown Lakeside in February.

The five-year-old has trialled well ahead of this contest, winning barrier trials here and at Warwick Farm, and she is taken to resume with a victory.

Cause to shine in Flemington's Star

Flemington plays host to the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap over 1200m.

The race, set to take place as the seventh contest on a ten-race card, is due to be staged on a good 4 turf track with It'sourtime expected to have his supporters.

The gelding won over this course and distance in a Listed event in May and has registered top-four finishes in each of his three subsequent starts.

Those efforts including a third-placed finish in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes over this trip at Caulfield last month and he rates highly in this field.

However, CAUSE FOR CONCERN looks progressive, having won three of his last four starts, with the sole defeat in that run coming when one-and-a-half-lengths second in the Listed A.R. Creswick Stakes here.

That contest was held over this track and trip, but the 4.00 gelding returned to winning ways in a handicap contest over 1400m here subsequently.

Trained by Shawn Mamthrick, the pick gets in off a nice low eight, and jumping from next to the rail jockey Craig Williams should have options tactics-wise.

Nanshe to complete a double

James Cummings saddles NANSHE in the penultimate race on Kembla Grange’s eight-race card, and the four-year-old is selected to deliver her second career success.

The selection contests a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap with a soft 5 surface expected at Kembla Grange.

The 2.60 daughter of Astern showed a good level of ability last season, including when third at Cranbourne in January.

Spelled following that effort, she filled the same position when contesting a 1200m maiden on a soft 5 track at Gosford on her return a month ago.

That Gosford third preceded the filly's first victory, with that coming by nearly two lengths in a 1300m maiden on a good 4 track here just over two weeks ago.

She shapes as if she will appreciate the step up to 1400m and jockey Jean Van Overmeire is taken to steer her to victory.

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