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Australian Racing: Sailor on course for Warwick Farm success

There are five meetings set to take place on Wednesday with an 11-race metro card at Belmont featuring among them.

Sailor for Warwick Farm triumph

The fourth race at Warwick Farm takes the eye with the Benchmark 72 handicap set to take place over 1600m on a good 4 track.

European import Mr Buster ended his time in the UK with a wide-margin victory over 2011m when making his handicap debut at Ripon in May.

The four-year-old showed improved form in his second barrier trial when beaten less than two lengths over 1200m at Beaumont earlier this month.

The distance here may be on the sharp side first up however and SAILOR is preferred on this occasion.

The pick showed that he is up to competing at metro level when winning twice in Queensland earlier this year, including by half-a-length in a Benchmark 75 contest at Doomben.

While the gelding could finish only third at Mudgee when contesting the Black Nugget Cup over 1400m earlier this month, that effort marked his first outing since May.

The six-year-old is expected to have improved for that effort and, with the extra distance here also in his favour, Dylan Gibbons mount is taken to cause a minor surprise here. 

Ridge to score

The eighth race on the Belmont card is a 1650m Class 1 handicap contest.

A soft 5 track is expected for the contest with Reliable Queen expected to have her supporters jumping from three off the rail.

The four-year-old has placed on both starts this spell, including when beaten three lengths in a 1600m maiden event on a good 4 track at Northam on 24th August.

Freshened following that effort, she is encountering a wet track for the first time here and preference is for the three-year-old BUCKETS RIDGE.

William Pike, who is set to ride here, was in the saddle when the pick delivered a one-and-a-half-length victory in a 1300m maiden at Northam earlier this month.

The pick had shown ability in a couple of starts in his first spell racing, including when beaten less than three-and-a-half-lengths when ninth of 10 at Ascot in April.

The gelding shaped as if the extra distance here would suit and he can help trainers Grant & Alana Williams improve on their 31% strike-rate (14/45) in the last 30 days. 

Rosie for Sandown success

Sandown Hillside are also set to stage metro racing, with the sixth race of the day a 1300m Benchmark 70 handicap restricted to fillies and mares.

Danny O’Brien’s Glitzing is sure to attract support with the mare having won three of her last four starts, including twice at Benchmark 64 level.

The most recent of those saw her salute by one-and-a-half-lengths in a Geelong contest held on a good 3 surface.

Damian Lane, on board here, took the ride for the first time that day and while his mount remains open to improvement, she has a wide alley to overcome here. 

Apprentice Sheridan Clarke takes the ride on EXPLOSIVE ROSIE and she is selected to deliver a victory in this contest.

Trained by John Sadler, the pick has made just one turf start to date, with that effort coming when third over 1000m in a Pakenham maiden at the start of March.

The selection has been in good form on the synthetic track at Pakenham since then however, winning twice including over 1200m there at the start of last month. 

The four-year-old delivered a good second in a Benchmark 78 event there at the start of this month and she is taken to score in this one.

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