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Australian Racing: Rogue Bear one to look out for

There’s five meetings set to take place on Wednesday including action from Sandown Hillside and Randwick Kensington.

Race 3 Kensington 

Rogue Bear @ 4.40

Race 8 Sandown

British Colombia @ 5.00

Race 4 Ipswich 

Carbonetti @ 2.70

Bear to breakthrough 

The third race at Randwick Kensington takes the eye with the 1400m Benchmark 78 event attracting a field of nine runners. 

A soft 6 track is expected for the race with King Of The Castle expected to jump as favourite. 

The gelding has shown up well at a lower level in two starts this time around including when runner-up over this course and distance in a Benchmark 72 event April 25. 

That effort came on a soft 5 surface following a solid return when beaten just under two lengths when racing from off the pace when fifth over 1100m at Warwick Farm 15 days earlier. 

Barrier nine isn’t ideal here however with ROGUE BEAR, a class dropper selected to take this contest. 

Trained by Kris Lees the five-year-old demonstrated good form in competitive handicap company when trained in the UK. 

While without a win since October 2021 he has shown signs in two southern hemisphere starts that a first Australian win isn’t far away. 

Both of those efforts have come at Benchmark 88 level including when beaten just over two-and-a-half-lengths into sixth over 1500m on a good 4 track at Hawkesbury last month. 

That contest is producing winners and dropping in grade with a good draw four off the rail he looks capable of defying top weight with claimer Jasper Franklin engaged to ride.

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Colombia for Sandown success 

The finale at Sandown Hillside is a Benchmark 78 handicap set to take place over 1400m. 

BRITISH COLOMBIA goes in search of a second win this spell with a heavy 8 track forecast for the 17 runner contest. 

The four-year-old delivered placed efforts in his first two starts this time around including when a head second over 1300m at Benchmark 70 level on his return from a spell. 

The gelding has shown up well in all four subsequent starts including when victorious in a Benchmark 70 track and trip event on a soft 6 surface in early February. 

The pick has been freshened since suffering a narrow defeat when contesting the Benchmark 80 Country Mile over 1600m at Moonee Valley March 18. 

Beaten by a nose on that occasion the son of Vancouver looks up to defying a wide alley and heads into this event defending an unbeaten two-from-two record over course and distance.

Carbonetti for Ipswich glory 

Ipswich plays host to an eight race card with the fourth race of the day a 2170m Class 2 handicap event. 

The race is set to play host to the Australian debut of New Zealand-import Missy Moola who has been off the track since finishing a close third in the Group 2 Wellington Guineas in January. 

The daughter of Vadamos jumped at $31 when beaten just over a length in the 16 runner field at Trentham on that occasion and she debuts for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team. 

Receiving weight from Missy Moola fellow import CARBONETTI is preferred in this contest. 

Chris Waller’s inmate has shown good form in two outings since returning with a last of 10 over 1400m at Randwick Kensington back in March. 

The most recent of those efforts saw the gelding place second at Benchmark 70 level when beaten just over three-and-three-quarter-lengths in an 1850m event at Toowoomba last month. 

The step up in distance looks unlikely to inconvenience the gelding while similar comments apply to the return to a forecast good 4 surface.

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