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Australian Racing: Outback Miss eyeing Lightning glory

There is a busy Saturday of racing to enjoy, with a plethora of strong metro action on the schedule.

Race 8 Randwick

Deepour @ 6.00

Race 6 Moonee Valley

Ferago @ 6.00

Race 8 Morphettville

Outback Miss @ 3.20

Deepour to score 

The eighth race on Randwick’s 10-race card is a Benchmark 88 handicap over 1100m.

A field of 13 are set to go to post, with Mitchell Freedman’s Insurrection expected to jump as favourite following two victories over this course and distance. 

The second of those saw the gelding salute having raced close to the speed in a Benchmark 78 event on a good 4 track earlier this month.

Prior to that, the three-year-old had taken out a similar contest on a soft 5 surface and, with that in mind, he should have no issues with the going here. 

While a wide alley isn’t ideal, it’s worth noting that he jumped from barriers 10 and 12 for those two victories and he may continue his progress.

However, he is stepping up in grade for this contest and, while the one to beat, the grade dropping DEEPOUR is preferred.

Trained by Adam Campton, the five-year-old has shown good form this spell, including when placing in Listed handicap races on two of his three starts.

Those Listed handicap events sandwich a comfortable victory in a Class 6 handicap over this trip on a good 4 track at Ipswich on 13th June.

The selection was last seen in action finishing just over a length behind the winner when ridden with restraint in the Grafton D.S.C. Ramornie Handicap over 1200m at Grafton earlier this month.

The son of Exosphere caught the eye in finishing well at Grafton and, with the drop back in trip no issue and drop in grade in his favour, he is taken to salute. 

Fergao for Valley success 

Jaykayann completed a hat-trick when racing at a lower level earlier this year and, while he came unstuck last time, he is expected to prove popular in the sixth at Moonee Valley.

The race concerned is a 2500m Benchmark 78 handicap, with the Patrick Payne-trained filly having finished four lengths fifth over 2400m in this grade at Sandown Hillside last month.

The third of the previously mentioned three consecutive triumphs had come on a heavy 9 track in a Benchmark 64 handicap over the same course and distance.

While the going should prove no issue here, FERAGO is selected to get the better of the four-year-old on this occasion.

Patrick Ryan’s inmate showed good form when delivering a three-length victory in a similar race to this at Morphettville last month.

The gelding followed that triumph up with a good two-length fourth when dropped to 2400m in the Vobis Gold Stayers back on a good 4 track at Caulfield on 22nd July.

The return to a wet track here is a positive and, with Craig Williams as jockey, the six-year-old looks capable of registering his sixth career win. 

Miss for Lightning glory

Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr saddle OUTBACK MISS in the penultimate race at Morphettville, the 1050m Listed Lightning Stakes.

The pick is one of three two-year-old fillies in the race and heads into this contest unbeaten in two starts.

Both of those victories have come on wet tracks, with the second of those seeing the daughter of Rubick race close to the pace prior to winning by two lengths in a 1000m handicap at Caulfield.

Freshened since that triumph in June, the selection had been ridden with more restraint when debuting with a victory at Bendigo earlier this month.

The youngster receives plenty of weight from her older rivals and, while she has a wide alley to overcome, she is taken to maintain her unbeaten record with a victory here.

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