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Australian Racing: Robusto ready for Guineas glory

There is plenty of action for punters to get stuck into on Saturday, with the feature race at Sunshine Coast the Double R Group Winx Guineas over 1600m, while in Sydney’s it’s Final's Day at Flemington.

Race 7 Sunshine Coast
Robusto @ 13.00

Race 7 Flemington
Sigh @ 3.40

Race 7 Rosehill
Miracle Spin @ 4.60

Robusto looks strong for Waller

The going is set to be a good 4 at Sunshine Coast for the Group 3 Double R Group Winx Guineas.

Soothsayer has been in good form this spell and is expected to have his supporters ahead of the 1600m contest.

The gelding has placed at this level in two of his three starts this time around, with the most recent of those efforts coming when a neck third in the 1600m Group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm.

That effort came on a good 4 track and he has since delivered a narrow victory in a 1050m barrier trial on the polytrack at Gold Coast.

Tim Clark’s mount has a good barrier here, but ROBUSTO is preferred on this occasion.

Chris Waller’s charge ships in from Sydney for this contest having been in good form at a lower level at Rosehill in recent months.

The 13.00 pick delivered a nose victory in a 1500m Benchmark 78 event when racing from the front on a good 4 surface on his penultimate start.

The three-year-old followed that up with a third in a similar contest over the same course and distance when ridden from just behind the leaders.

The son of Churchill is a tactically versatile individual and, with that in mind, barrier ten shouldn’t inconvenience too much.

Kyle Wilson-Taylor is an eye-catching jockey booking here and, having performed well at this level in the past, the selection looks up to getting the better of some better fancied rivals.

Sigh to steam in at Flemington

The Listed Santa Ana Lane Sprint Final over 1200m is set to take place as the seventh race on the Flemington card.

A soft 6 track is expected for the race, with SIGH expected to prove hard to beat for the Peter Moody stable.

The 3.40 pick has shown good form down the straight here in 2023, finishing runner-up when narrowly beaten over 1100m at the start of January on her first start of the year.

Spelled following that, the filly has registered victories over the same track and trip in both starts since returning from a spell.

The second of those efforts saw the daughter of No Nay Never finish strongly to score by a head under her rider here Carleel Hefel and she looks worth another go at 1200m.

Miracle to leave rivals in a Spin

Fawkner Park is unbeaten in three starts this time around and goes for win number four in the seventh race at Rosehill.

The race in question is a 2400m Benchmark 78 contest set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Trained by Annabel Neasham, the gelding stepped up to this Benchmark 78 level when delivering a victory in a 2000m handicap contest two weeks ago.

Versatile tactics-wise, a wide alley isn’t ideal for the four-year-old here and apprentice Dylan Gibbons may have his work cut out to get across to the rail.

MIRACLE SPIN chased home Fawkner Park when the pair met at Rosehill two weeks ago and he is taken to reverse that form.

The 4.60 selection had previously been beaten a neck when runner-up over 2000m at Randwick on May 27th.

The gelding has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past, including when runner-up in that Benchmark 78 contest over 2000m.

Trained by Matthew Smith the gelding steps up in trip here and looks to have what it takes to succeed.

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