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Australian Racing: Kaiberry primed for Doomben success

Five meetings are set to take place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures at Canterbury, Doomben and Belmont Park.

Race 5 Canterbury

Beautiful Heart @ 3.20

Race 4 Doomben

Kaiberry @ 17.00

Race 3 Belmont Park

Storm Lord @ 12.00

Blinkers to help see Heart home

The fifth race on the Canterbury card takes the eye with the 1550m Benchmark 72 event restricted to fillies and mares having attracted a field of ten.

A soft 6 track is forecast with Celestial Spirit expected to feature prominently in the betting following some good efforts this spell.

Those efforts include two places from three starts with the most recent coming when runner-up in a Benchmark 68 event over 1600m at Warwick Farm a week ago.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott she has a good alley three off the rail here, but is expected to find 3.20 BEAUTIFUL HEART too strong on this occasion.

The selection showed good form when delivering her first victory in a 1600m maiden handicap on a heavy 9 surface at Hawkesbury in early April.

Freshened following that second up victory she proved something of a disappointment when 12th in a big field Listed contest over 1800m at Sunshine Coast subsequently.

The daughter of Snitzel is tried in blinkers for the first time dropping back in distance here and jockey James McDonald should have options tactics wise with his mount jumping from barrier one.

The soft ground here is no issue and Beautiful Heart looks capable of returning to winning ways dropping in grade.

Kaiberry for Doomben success

Doomben are set to stage an eight-race card in Queensland and KAIBERRY takes the eye at 17.00 in the fourth race of the day, a 2040m Benchmark 78 handicap contest.

The seven-year-old has shown a liking for this venue in the past including when placing third over 1650m in a Benchmark 65 event on a soft 5 track back in October 2021.

Lightly-raced since then the gelding made just the one official race start in 202 with that coming when eighth over 1300m at Cranbourne 13 months ago.

The gelding has improved with racing this spell, delivering a victory at the third attempt when taking out a Benchmark 65 event by a narrow margin on a soft 5 track at Ipswich April 28th.

Trainer Bevan Laming has his string in good form at present with four of his nine runners in May finishing in the first two and Kaiberry looks to hold claims stepping up in trip.

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Lord for Belmont victory

Rock This Town looks likely to jump as favourite ahead of the third race on the Belmont Park card.

The race in question is a 1000m Class 3 handicap with Kayla Farrell-trained gelding having placed in three of his four starts since breaking his maiden at Pinjarra Scarpside in December.

The four-year-old was freshened prior to a third place finish in a handicap over this track and trip a week ago.

That effort came in a Class 1 contest, however, and while less exposed than his rivals he is expected to find 12.00 STORM LORD too strong in this contest.

Victoria Corver’s mount has shown good form at 1200m at this venue including when third, beaten just under three-and-a-half-lengths in a similar race to this in January.

Off the track since seemingly failing to stay 1400m at Ascot the following month, the son of God Has Spoken tackles an easier event than he encountered on that occasion.

Spelled by trainer Tina Glasson following that Ascot effort he should be spot on for his and having shown good speed in the past should have no issues dropping back to 1000m.

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