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Australian Racing: Sir Simon can charge to victory

There are eight meetings set to take place on Sunday including at Flemington who are set to stage an eight-race card.

Race 8 Flemington

Russian Meteor @ 7.50 

Race 7 Devonport Synthetic

Sir Simon @ SP

Race 8 Bathurst

Cliff House @ 6.00

Meteor to stay unbeaten

The concluding race on the Flemington card is a 1420m Benchmark 70 handicap event.

A soft 5 surface is forecast with Symon Wilde’s Wishlor Lass expected to jump as favourite from a wide alley having won three of her starts to date.

Those three victories all came last season, including when saluting by one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1400m handicap when racing at this level at Sandown Hillside in January.

The mare has failed to score in two starts since but has shown up well on both outings, including when just over a length over 1300m back at Sandown Hillside on 13th September.

The five-year-old was racing at Benchmark 84 level on that occasion and the drop in grade here is in her favour racing second up this spell.

The wide barrier is a concern for Jamie Kah’s mount however and the unbeaten RUSSIAN METEOR is selected to make a winning turf debut.

Trained by Bill Papazaharoudakis, the four-year-old made a winning debut when taking out a 1400m maiden on the synthetic track at Pakenham at the start of last month.

The son of Russian Revolution jumped at odds of $31 on that occasion but proved that triumph was no fluke when winning over the same course and distance subsequently.

Thomas Stockdale, on board for both of those victories, is again in the saddle here and with a good barrier in five the pair are taken to complete a hat-trick. 

Simon for synthetic success

There’s a competitive eight-race card in Tasmania with Davenport's synthetic track set to stage racing.

The most valuable race on their cards is the penultimate contest, a 1350m open handicap event. 

Vivilici has shown good form at this venue in recent times winning her two most recent starts here, including by two lengths in a Benchmark 76 event over track and trip on 10th September.

The mare was stepping up in distance that day having taken out a Benchmark 68 handicap over 1150m here prior to that. 

The six-year-old raced close to or on the speed on each occasion and Adam Trinder’s mare may have issues jumping from barrier nine. 

SIR SIMON won in Benchmark 76 company just under 13 months ago and he is the pick to deliver a victory in this contest.

The veteran galloper has placed in the 1650m Golden Mile handicap at this track since that effort and has shown good form on wet turf tracks in his two starts this spell.

The second of those saw the gelding beaten half-a-length in a 1600m contest on a soft 6 track at Hobart last month.

Freshened following that effort the selection has a good alley and, while the shorter distance here is a slight concern, he should be doing his best work late on under David Pires. 

House to resume with Bathurst victory

The final race on the Bathurst card is a 1300m Benchmark 85 handicap.

CLIFF HOUSE has shown good form racing from off the pace in the past and arrives here fresh having won three of his four starts in his last spell.

Those efforts included a narrow success in a Class 3 set weights contest on a soft 5 track at Randwick in June.

The five-year-old had a number of subsequent winners in behind on that occasion and he was a winner first up in his last spell.

Tim Donnelly’s gelding has the forecast underfoot conditions to suit here and he looks up to registering his fifth win in nine career starts. 

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