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Australian Racing: Plundering can snatch Randwick riches

While there’s no Group 1 action on Saturday the $1.5mn Damien Oliver Gold Rush, a Group 3 contest, is set to take place at Ascot.

Race 9 Ascot

Comfort Me @ 7.00

Race 7 Eagle Farm

Imezaaki @ 6.00

Race 8 Randwick

Plundering @ 5.50

Comfort for Gold Rush glory

The previously mentioned Group 3 Damien Oliver Gold Rush is a 1400m contest at Ascot.

A soft 5 surface is expected with 19 runners declared, including Dom To Shoot, who was the winner of the Group 1 Northerly Stakes over 1800m here last weekend.

The gelding jumped at odds of $21 for that Northerly triumph, however, it’s notable that he had performed well when third in the Group 1 Railway Stakes over 1600m prior to that.

While both of those efforts came on a good 4 track, the soft 5 surface forecast for this event shouldn’t inconvenience the six-year-old having performed well on wet tracks in the past.

The son of Shooting To Win raced from off the pace in the Railway Stakes and jockey Jarrad Noske may be forced to employ similar tactics from a wide barrier here.

With that in mind, COMFORT ME is preferred from an inside alley, having been forced to race wide when seventh in the Railway Stakes last time.

Prior to that the pick had recorded placed efforts in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes over this course and distance on 11th November.

Trained by Rhys Radford, the seven-year-old has performed well on wet going in the past, including when a length fifth in the 1400m Group 3 Belmont Sprint at Belmont Park in May.

The selection raced on a soft 5 track on that occasion and Shaun McGruddy looks capable of steering the gelding to victory with his mount having placed third in this event 12 months ago. 

Imezaaki can take Grand Prix

The Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes over 2100m and restricted to three-year-old’s is the feature race of the day in Queensland.

The Grand Prix is set to take place on a good 4 track at Eagle Farm, with Felix The Scat expected to jump as favourite, following a third in a 2000m event at Doomben at the start of the month.

The colt showed solid form in racing close to the pace, prior to being beaten less than a length on a soft 7 track at Doomben, having previously been ridden from off the pace at Sunshine Coast.

That Sunshine Coast contest saw him lose out by a length in a 1600m event, with his jockey here Ryan Maloney on board on each occasion.

Trainer Tony Gollan is generally the man to follow at this venue, however, his representative may have to give best to the Bjorn Baker-trained IMEZAAKI.

The gelding broke his maiden by a length when racing over 1300m on a good 4 track at Goulburn last month and subsequently placed third when stepped up to 1600m for a Class 1 contest at Scone.

The son of Ocean Park showed improvement when finishing strongly from off the pace to record a near one-length success in a 2000m Benchmark 64 handicap at Hawkesbury on 3rd December.

All three of those efforts came on a good 4 track and, with further improvement expected, he is taken to complete a double stepping up in trip. 

Plundering for Randwick success

There’s also a competitive card at Randwick where Annabel Neasham’s PLUNDERING takes the eye in the eighth race of the day. 

The race in question is a 1400m Benchmark 78 handicap with the pick having shown good form in two starts this spell.

The first of those saw the gelding delivering a two-length fourth over 1200m in a similar race to this at Rosehill on 11th November.

The four-year-old went on to place second in a 1200m Benchmark 78 handicap held on a heavy 8 track at Kembla Grange two weeks later.,

Plundering has the services of apprentice Jett Stanley here and with the extra distance expected to suit, he can record a victory here. 

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