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Australian Racing: Sir to salute at Moonee Valley

The schedule for Friday contains no fewer than seven meetings, including metro fixtures at Moonee Valley, Canterbury and Ipswich.

Race 6 Moonee Valley

Sir Kingsford @ 6.50

Race 5 Canterbury

Unowho @ 5.00

Race 9 Ipswich

Sacred Mission @ 3.50

Kingsford to rule in the Valley

The sixth race on the Moonee Valley card is an interesting Benchmark 70 handicap set to take place over 2040m.

A good 4 track is expected for the $60,000 contest, with Cadmus anticipated to have his supporters on his third start since transferring from Europe.

Trained by Anthony & Sam Freedman, the gelding registered his first victory when finishing strongly to salute by a narrow margin in a 1740m Benchmark 64 handicap at Sale last month.

The five-year-old went on to deliver a near one-and-a-half-length second in a similar race to this held on a good 3 surface two weeks ago.

While Beau Mertens looks to hold strong claims here, preference is for SIR KINGSFORD, who crosses the border here having completed a hat-trick when saluting over 2028m at Morphettville November 4th.

That success marked the 6.50 gelding’s first outing over 2000m or further since registering a maiden victory on a soft 5 surface at Bordertown back in May.

Trained by Gary Searle, Nichole Searle & Brianna Callanan, the four-year-old had saluted by nearly two lengths when tackling a 1600m event at Morphettville on his penultimate start.

Regular pilot Kayla Crowther is again in the saddle here and, while her mount steps up in grade here, he looks capable of saluting from barrier eight.

Waller charges challenge at Canterbury

Chris Waller sends out three runners in the fifth on the Canterbury card.

The race in question is a 1900m Benchmark 64 handicap due to take place on a good 4 surface, with James McDonald’s mount Genetic Freak likely to jump as favourite.

The gelding caught the eye when delivering a fourth having raced from off the pace over 1400m at Newcastle first up, while he finished two places better when runner-up at Gosford subsequently.

That Gosford effort came when stepped up to 1600m for a Class 1 handicap at the start of this month and he steps up to 1900m for the first time here.

The four-year-old broke his maiden over 1800m at Hawkesbury when racing on a soft 5 track in May and should have no issues with the extra distance here.

Barrier 12 may prove more of an issue, however, and stablemate UNOWHO is selected to strike a blow for the three-year-olds in this competitive looking event.

The 5.00 selection registered some solid efforts at two and he recorded his first victory when saluting by nearly a length in a 1600m maiden held on a good 4 track at Warwick Farm on October 2nd.

The son of Saxon Warrior went on to place third in an 1850m set weights Class 1 contest at Newcastle later that month and he has been freshened since that effort.

Jason Collett, on board at Warwick Farm, returns to the plate here and the pair look up to triumphing from barrier five.

Mission to triumph on his return

The concluding race on the Ipswich card sees SACRED MISSION carry top weight for the David Vandyke stable.

The gelding won over the 1350m trip he tackles here when breaking his maiden on debut back in March and has shown good form since.

The 3.50 son of Sacred Falls placed twice over further following that maiden triumph, prior to a victory in a 2200m handicap on a heavy 10 track here in May.

The four-year-old faded having raced from the front when upped to Group 1 company for the Queensland Derby over 2400m at Eagle Farm and was spelled subsequently.

Ryan Maloney’s mount should be sharp for his return to action and is taken to return with a victory dropping back in distance.

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