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Australian Racing: Jaykayann can secure Sandown success

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday with four metropolitan fixtures scheduled including from both Sandown Hillside and Warwick Farm.

Race 4 Warwick Farm 

Made By Khan @ 7.50

Race 7 Sandown Hillside 

Jaykayann @ 4.40

Race 4 Ipswich 

Encompass @ 6.00

Khan to score at Warwick Farm 

The fourth at Warwick Farm is an interesting 2130m Benchmark 72 contest. A soft 5 surface is expected for the race with the four-year-old Union Gap likely to jump as favourite following an impressive Australian debut over 1600m here at the end of last month. 

That effort saw him deliver a two length victory in a 1600m contest when racing at this level on a heavy 8 track on his first start since switching from New Zealand. 

Now in the hands of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, he performed well when third on a dead 4 track at Trentham in a 2100m event on his final outing in New Zealand, and rates a worthy favourite here. 

The son of Redwood raced from the front that day, however he is likely to have competition from MADE BY KHAN who is preferred here if connections attempt to employ similar tactics in this event. 

The pick shoulders top weight in this event but notably is dropping in grade having performed well at Benchmark 78 level in his two most recent starts. 

The latest of those came when delivering a third place finish in a 2200m event on a heavy 8 surface here on 29th March.

The five-year-old had previously finished third in a good 1900m Benchmark 78 contest on a good 4 surface at Rosehill. 

The fourth home in that Rosehill event was subsequent Group 1 Australian Derby winner Major Beel, while the front two have acquitted themselves well in Group company since. 

The drop back to Benchmark 72 level is a positive for Made By Khan who can provide Tim Clark with a winner.

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Jaykayann to complete double 

The 2400m Benchmark 64 event set to take place as the penultimate contest on Sandown Hillside’s eight race card is an interesting affair. 

Top weight Boyszee is expected to prove popular dropping in grade following a close second in a track and trip event on a soft 7 track when tackling a Benchmark 70 event three weeks ago. 

The son of Rebel Raider was making his first start at the 2400m distance this spell having delivered a victory over the trip at Randwick Kensington when encountering a heavy 8 track in August last year. 

The concession of three kilograms in weight to the Patrick Payne-trained JAYKAYANN may prove too much here however. 

The four-year-old has made just the five previous starts and appeared to relish the extra distance when delivering a two-and-a-half-length victory when racing from off the pace at Benalla. 

That effort came on a soft 6 track when tackling a Benchmark 58 event however she shaped as if a step up in distance would suit that day. 

While no winners have come out of that contest it’s worth taking into account that four of those in behind have placed second on their only subsequent starts.

Encompass to break maiden at Ipswich 

In the fourth at Ipswich the Kelly Schweida-trained ENCOMPASS takes the eye for jockey Kyle Wilson-Taylor. 

The pick showed ability when delivering a fourth place finish in a 10-runner 1350m maiden at this venue when making his debut on a good 4 track two weeks ago. 

The gelding kept on nicely in behind to be beaten by less than five lengths in a race that favoured those who raced close to the speed. 

The selection had Darkened Destiny, who reopposes here ahead of him that day, but stepping up to 1666m he looks capable of reversing that form with a good alley four off the rail a further positive.

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