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Australian Racing: Steparty looking good at Caulfield

There are as many as 12 meetings set to take place on Australia Day, with Group 3 action at Caulfield providing the highlight.

Race 6 Caulfield

Steparty @ 2.90

Race 6 Warwick Farm

Yankee Hussel @ 7.50

Race 6 Launceston

Bold Soul @ 1.90

Steparty to return to winning ways

The second of the two Group 3 contests at Caulfield  is the 1200m Tile Importer Manfred Stakes for three-year-olds.

A good 4 track is expected for the race, which is set to take place as the sixth race on an eight-race card.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team send out Brave Mead, with the colt having shown good form since resuming this season.

He recorded his first win as a three-year-old when taking out a 1400m set weights conditions event at this circuit in October and has placed twice at this level subsequently.

The most recent of those efforts saw the Brave Smash colt attempt to make all when finishing runner-up in the Blue Sapphire Stakes over 1400m here in November.

Freshened since that effort the drop in distance should pose no issue, however STEPARTY is preferred having placed in the 1600m Group 1 Caulfield Guineas Prelude when last in action in October.

Trained by Paul Preusker the colt lost his unbeaten record on that occasion having previously taken out a Group 3 contest over 1400m by a narrow margin here the previous month.

The 2.90 selection had a couple of his rivals here in Southport Tycoon and Scentify back in second and third on that occasion and looks capable of confirming that form.

The return to sprinting looks unlikely to pose any issues to John Allen’s mount, who should be sharp for this contest having placed second in an 800m barrier trial at Stawell earlier this month.

Hussel ready for Cup success

The highlight on the Warwick Farm card is the penultimate race of the day, the 2400m Australia Day Cup.

A good 4 track is expected for the feature, with Naval College expected to jump as a short-priced favourite for the Annabel Neasham stable.

Formerly trained in Europe, the five-year-old has won half of his eight starts since switching hemispheres and has finished outside the first three just once.

Those victories include an impressive success by over three-and-a-half-lengths in the Listed James Squire January Cup over 2000m at Rosehill just under two weeks ago.

However, it’s of note that James McDonald’s mounts sole start over this 2400m distance since joining the Neasham team came over this distance.

YANKEE HUSSEL is a filly who arrives here in great form, having recorded three consecutive victories since finishing sixth of seven over 1550m at Canterbury in November.

The selection acquitted herself well over middle-distances last year, including when fifth in The Roses, a 2000m Group 2 contest at Doomben and when sixth in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

Trained by Kris Lees the filly made all the running when overcoming interference at the start to salute by three lengths in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1900m at Canterbury 1st January.

The 7.50 pick went on to follow up when successful by one-and-a-half-lengths when racing over this distance in a Benchmark 78 handicap at Rosehill last weekend.

Tom Sherry’s mount gets in off a nice racing weight here and, while a wide barrier isn’t ideal, she is taken to deliver her first win at this level.

Bold bid for Guineas success

It’s Launceston Guineas day in Tasmania, with the feature race of the day due off as the sixth race on a nine-race card.

Trainer Patrick Payne’s BOLD SOUL makes the journey over from Melbourne and it’s hard to look past the gelding despite him having to concede weight to all bar one of his rivals.

The 1.90 son of Embellish has won two of his four starts to date, including over 1350m in a maiden at Donald on debut in November.

Two placed efforts at Caulfield in Benchmark 70 handicap events followed prior to a victory when stepped up to 2000m for a similar contest at Flemington just under two weeks ago.

The extra 100m here is unlikely to inconvenience Jake Noonan’s mount and he can help trainer Payne enhance his impressive 31% strike-rate (10/31) in the last 30 days.

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