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Australian Racing: Rosehill reign likely for The King

There are five meetings scheduled to take place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures from Rosehill, Doomben and Ascot.

Race 5 Rosehill

The King @ 4.00

Race 8 Doomben

Court Whispers @ 5.00

Race 4 Ascot

Shezgotthalot @ 3.00

The King to rule at Rosehill

The fifth race of the day at Rosehill is a 1300m Benchmark 72 handicap contest expected to take place on a good 4 surface.

The Kris Lees-trained Cloudland is expected to have his supporters, with the gelding winning once and placing second twice from his five starts in 2023.

One of those unplaced efforts came at this venue, however, when last of eleven in a 1400m Benchmark 72 handicap held on a good 4 track back in June.

Following a couple of trials, the gelding resumed with a narrow win in a 1250m Benchmark 72 handicap at Randwick Kensington and he will jump from next to the rail here.

However, Peter & Paul Snowden’s THE KING is preferred on this occasion, having registered some solid efforts at a lower level this time around.

The three-year-old demonstrated versatility with regards tactics when placing second in his first three starts this spell, with all three of those outings coming over 1100m.

The 4.00 colt broke through for his second career win when saluting by nearly two lengths in a Benchmark 64 handicap when stepped up to 1200m at Kembla Grange on October 21st.

The form of that contest received a timely boost thanks to Silent Raindrop’s victory at Gosford, while barrier three is a positive for the son of Russian Revolution.

Chad Schofield returns to the saddle here and he is taken to steer the colt to victory.

Whispers to make a big noise

The finale at Doomben is an interesting 1200m Class 1 handicap restricted to fillies & mares.

A soft 5 track is expected with Rephrase bidding to maintain her unbeaten record, having made the perfect start to her career when registering a victory on the polytrack at Gold Coast last month.

The four-year-old had shown ability in barrier trials prior to that contest, with the filly racing in mid-division prior to winning by nearly a length in the set weights contest. 

Jockey Ryan Maloney has a good barrier here, but the more experienced COURT WHISPERS is preferred on this occasion.

The filly resumed this spell in maiden company placing third in a 1200m contest held on a good 4 track at the start of last month.

Trained by David Vandyke, the four-year-old went one better when successful by a length over the same course and distance in similar conditions three weeks later.

The 5.00 selection raced from the front on that occasion and raced prominently when tackling previous winners for the first time on a soft 7 track at Sunshine Coast on November 7th.

The daughter of Dissident placed second, beaten less than a length in a 16-runner 1300m contest last time out and she looks up to going one better with Cejay Graham’s two kilogram claim a positive. 

Shezgotthalot to enjoy Ascot success

The fourth race at Ascot is an interesting Class 1 handicap set to take place over 1000m.

SHEZGOTTHALOT made a winning debut when successful over 1100m at York in May and, while she failed to salute on two subsequent starts, she did acquit herself with credit on each occasion.

The most recent of those saw her deliver a sixth over 1000m in a Class 1 handicap held on a soft 6 track at Belmont Park in June, so the switch to the forecast good 4 going is a positive.

The 3.00 filly has joined the powerful Grant & Alana Williams team since that effort and she delivered a victory for them in a 10-runner 950m barrier trial at Lark Hill at the end of last month.

William Pike takes the ride here and, with a good barrier, the pick looks capable of delivering a first-up victory here.

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