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Australian Racing: Malkovich to star at Flemington

There are six meetings set to take place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures at Flemington, Warwick Farm, Ascot and Doomben.

Race 7 Flemington

Malkovich @ 3.60

Race 5 Warwick Farm

Harold The Great @ 8.00

Race 7 Ascot

Dessenea @ 6.00

Malkovich goes for Kensington glory

The Listed Kensington Stakes set to take place over 1000m down the straight at Flemington is the most valuable race of the day, with the handicap event attracting a field of seven.

Najeem Suhail has shown a liking for this trip in the past, winning four of his six outings at the distance with two of those wins coming this spell.

Both of those victories have come at this venue, with the gelding progressing from a first up win in a Benchmark 78 handicap held on a good 4 track here in July.

The six-year-old has since proven that he can perform at a higher level including when third in the Group 3 Rising Fast Stakes over 1200m here November 4th.

Notably the gelding has been freshened since making a quick reappearance to salute by a narrow margin in the Listed G.H. Mumm Century Stakes held on a soft 5 track here five days later.

Blake Shinn’s mount was encountering a wet track for just the second time that day and he is expected to find MALKOVICH too strong in this event.

Bjorn Baker’s representative showed good form when winning the Hawkesbury Gold Rush Stakes, a Listed event held on a soft 5 track over 1100m at Hawkesbury back in April.

The son of Choisir has been unable to win since, but the 3.60 pick showed good form when a length third in the Listed Starlight Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill earlier this month.

That Rosehill contest was held on a soft 5 track and, racing second up here, Jy McNeil’s mount looks up to registering his second win in four starts at this venue.

Harold to salute at Warwick Farm

The fifth race on the Warwick Farm card is a 2200m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

John Thompson’s California Grass is expected to have her supporters, having lost out narrowly in an 1890m Benchmark 64 handicap at Rosehill on her penultimate start.

The filly went on to deliver a close fourth when stepped up to Benchmark 72 level for a Rosehill handicap held on a soft 6 surface at the start of this month.

The four-year-old has been allocated a wide alley here, however, and Chris Waller’s HAROLD THE GREAT is the selection here.

The 8.00 gelding has failed to score in five starts this spell, however he has finished in the top four on each occasion, including in a higher grade here on his two most recent starts.

The second of those efforts saw him lose out by under two-and-a-half-lengths when fourth in a Benchmark 72 handicap over 2400m here December 6th.

The drop in trip should prove no issue, having performed well over shorter in the past, while the drop in grade and inside alley are further positives for the gelding. 

Desennea to triumph at Ascot

The feature race at Ascot is the Listed A.T.A Stakes due to take place on a good 4 surface over 2200m.

DESENNEA has caught the eye in winning four of his five starts this spell, including when tackling a Benchmark 72+ handicap over 1800m here at the start of the month.

While all four of those victories have come over shorter, Jordan Rolfe’s gelding shaped as if he would appreciate a step up in distance when finishing strongly from off the pace last time out.

Regular pilot Michael Poy is booked to ride here and the form of Desennea’s latest triumph has received a boost since with runner-up Demolish subsequently winning at Ascot.

The 6.00 pick has a good barrier here and, with the forecast going to suit, he looks capable of continuing his winning run stepped up to Listed company here.

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