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Australian Racing: Red Top ready for a spin at Doomben

There’s six meetings for punters to get stuck into on Wednesday including metro action from Canterbury, Doomben, Belmont Park and Devonport.

Race 6 Doomben 

Red Top @ 7.00

Race 5 Canterbury 

Dillian @ 6.50

Race 8 Belmont Park 

Bigdayonit @ 5.00

Top to spring Doomben upset

The sixth race at Doomben takes the eye with the Benchmark 65 event set to take place on a soft 5 track over 1650m.

A number of defections has left a depleted field of eight to go to post with Knight’s Choice expected to prove popular having won each of his last two starts.

Both of those triumphs have come at Sunshine Coast including by nearly three-and-a-half-lengths when racing from off the pace over 1600m on a good 4 track there earlier this month.

The softer ground here isn’t certain to suit and while in form he looks opposable with preference for RED TOP who wasn’t beaten far when returning from a short break last time out.

The selection was beaten just over two lengths when seventh in a 1400m Benchmark 68 event at Sunshine Coast on that occasion.

The gelding probably found the trip that day on the sharp side having delivered a narrow margin victory when ridden with restraint prior to finishing strongly over 1820m in early March.

That triumph came at Eagle Farm on a good 4 track and having won on wet tracks in the past the Tony & Maddysen Sears-trained gelding is selected to register a second win at this venue. 

Dillian for second up success 

The Annabel Neasham-trained Asgoodassobergets looks likely to jump as favourite for the fifth race on the Canterbury card.

The race in question is a 1900m Benchmark 72 handicap with a good 4 track expected.

The top weight showed a liking for this venue when winning by nearly two lengths over 1550m when racing at this level at the start of last month.

The gelding tracked the pace when racing first up that day and wasn’t beaten far when upped to 2000m for a Benchmark 84 event at Flemington on his only subsequent start.

While the drop in distance is no issue here he is expected to find the concession of weight to European import DILLIAN too much.

The pick will jump from barrier four for his second Australian start having been beaten just over three lengths when racing from off the pace prior to finishing sixth at Warwick Farm first up.

That effort came in a Benchmark 72 event held on a soft 6 track but the selection has run well on a sound surface in Europe when fourth in a 2800m contest at Ascot last September.

Now in the care of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace the four-year-old was a winner over 2012m at Pontefract in October 2021 and acquitted himself well in staying events last year.

The son of Camelot hails from a stable who can boast a 38% strike-rate (12/32) here this season and with Regan Bayliss booked to ride he can help them improve on that here. 

Bigdayonit for Belmont Park triumph

The finale at Belmont Park is an intriguing 1650m Class 3 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

BIGDAYONIT takes the eye here with the gelding having won two of his last three starts including over 1500m in a Benchmark 52+ event at York three starts back.

The pick's latest victory came when dropped to 1200m prior to making all the running to score by a head in a similar race to this on a soft 7 track two weeks ago.

Trained by Ashley Maley the selection looks the main pace angle in this field and jumping from barrier one should prove capable of getting out and to the lead.

Shaun O’Donnell takes the ride here and his mount looks capable of delivering a victory stepping up in distance. 

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