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Australian Racing: Ita looks good for Baker charge at Wellington

There are seven meetings set to take place across Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, including at Wellington, where there are two races worth $100,000 or more.

Race 6 Wellington

Ita @ 5.50

Race 7 Wellington

Nymphadora @ 4.20

Race 7 Grafton

Cabsav @ 9.00

Ita looks ready for Cup glory

The sixth race on the Wellington card is the 1700m Wellington Showcase Cup, a Big Dance eligibility contest.

The Ciaron Maher-trained Dasho Lennie is expected to jump as favourite, having shown good form in two starts since switching from Europe.

The colt showed good form in handicap company in the UK including when third over 2414m at Newbury in July last year.

The four-year-old made his debut for the Maher team when winning over 1600m in a Benchmark 64 handicap on the Lakeside course at Sandown in February.

The switch to a soft 6 surface posed no issues, with the colt placing third when beaten three lengths stepped up to 1900m at Rosehill subsequently.

The absence of Caesars Palace sees ITA carry top weight and she is the pick in this contest.

The six-year-old won by a narrow margin when contesting a 1550m Benchmark 78 handicap at Canterbury in February.

The 5.50 pick raced on a soft 5 surface that day and registered a respectable tenth in a big field 1600m Group 3 at Randwick next time.

The mare came home third when beaten less than four lengths in the 1500m Muswellbrook Gold Cup at Newcastle last week.

Bjorn Baker’s mare has a good barrier six from the rail here and she looks capable of recording her second win this prep to qualify for the Big Dance at Randwick later in the year.

Nymphadora to shine at Wellington

The seventh race at Wellington is the 1100m Wellington Boot Showcase, a set weights contest restricted to two-year-olds.

Matthew Dale has his horses in good form currently and his representative Satin Stiletto is expected to have her supporters.

The filly debuted with a good third in the Listed Aquis Stallions Calaway Gal over 1000m at Eagle Farm in December.

The drop to maiden company saw the daughter of Written Tycoon justify short odds favouritism over the same distance at Wagga last month.

NYMPHADORA has gained plenty of experience for trainer Stephen O’Halloran and, while unable to win in five starts, she has delivered some big efforts.

Those efforts include a close sixth in the $2,000,000 Inglis Millennium over 1100m at Randwick in February.

The 4.20 youngster arrives here on the back of a second-placed finish in an 1100m handicap on the Kensington course at Randwick on 27th March.

The softer going here shouldn’t pose too many issues having raced on a soft 5 surface in the Inglis Millennium.

Jake Pracey-Holmes rides for the first time here and, while barrier ten isn’t ideal, she looks up to recording her first win.

Grafton glory awaits Cabsav

The penultimate contest at Grafton is an 1181m handicap event set to take place on a soft 5 track.

CABSAV has been in great form this prep, registering three consecutive second-placed finishes at this circuit prior to winning by a narrow margin over 1195m on 25th March.

The 9.00 selection raced on a soft 5 track when taking a Benchmark 66 handicap on that occasion and he duly followed up in a similar event over 1200m here a week later.

Jockey Luke Rolls knows the son of Red Dazzler well having ridden him in seven of his last eight starts, including for both of those victories.

The gelding is fairly versatile with regard to tactics and, with the soft 5 going expected to be in his favour, he looks up to saluting from barrier nine.

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