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Australian Racing: Jewel set to shine at Warrnambool

There are three meetings taking place on Monday with Wellington and Corowa both racing in New South Wales, while Warrnambool in Victoria plays host to an eight-race card.

Race 4 Warrnambool

Grassmere Jewel @ 5.00

Race 4 Wellington

Epic Poem @ 4.00

Race 3 Corowa

Cassimir @ 3.20

Jewel to resume with victory

Yaltara is likely to have her supporters at the expected double figure odds in the fourth race on the Warrnambool card.

The filly was a winner on the forecast heavy 10 track when last in action and has been freshened prior to this 1100m Benchmark 58 handicap.

Trained by Tom Dabernig, the previously mentioned heavy 10 track triumph came by nearly seven lengths in a 1213m maiden at Mt Gambier.

The three-year-old raced close to the speed on that occasion and, with a good alley next to the rail, similar tactics are expected.

However, the Adam Chambers-trained top weight, 5.00 GRASSMERE JEWEL, is preferred racing first up this spell.

The four-year-old suffered a defeat when debuting over 1000m here on a heavy 10 track last August, but followed that up with three consecutive victories.

The first of those triumphs came on a heavy 10 surface over around this distance at Hamilton in September, while two Benchmark 58 victories on good going followed.

Off the track since a neck triumph in a 1200m event at Casterton in November, she should have no issue with the going and has a good alley jumping from barrier two.

Poem right for Wellington glory

The fourth race at Wellington is an interesting looking 1700m Class 1 handicap contest.

A soft 5 surface is expected for the race with Aussie Pharoah looking for a double having broken her maiden last time out.

That success came over 1618m in a maiden contest at Dubbo earlier this month.

The wet underfoot conditions here should prove no issue given she was a winner on a soft 7 track when last in action, with the fourth home that day boosting the form with a subsequent victory.

However, the three-year-old usually races prominently and a wide alley in 11 may give jockey Aaron Bullock issues in this contest.

With that in mind, preference is for EPIC POEM, who has been in good form of late and won a Class 1 contest at Dubbo on his penultimate start.

Trained by Michael Mulholland, the 4.00 gelding followed that effort up with a second over 1600m in a similar contest at Warren.

The pick was freshened prior to that Warren effort and, with the step-up in distance expected to suit Tony Cavallo’s mount, is taken to register his second career win.

Cassimir ready to double up

In the third race at Corowa, CASSIMIR takes the eye for the Rodger Waters stable.

The race concerned is a 1000m Class 1 handicap, with the soft 7 ground forecast in the pick's favour given she has performed well on wet tracks in the past.

While Cassimir delivered a number of second-place finishes in her last spell, it wasn’t until his tenth start that he finally broke through for a victory.

That triumph came by two-and-a-half-lengths when dropped to this trip for a maiden contest at Wagga earlier this month.

Prior to that Wagga victory, the 3.20 pick had shown good form when racing prominently in a couple of Doomben maiden races this spell.

Jockey Holly Durnan should be able to slot in behind the leaders here, with Rumours Abound, Miller Time and Black Tahitian all likely to want to race from the front.

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