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Australian Racing: Swoop Dog the one to catch

The Devonport Cup held on the synthetic track at the Tasmania venue provides the feature on a busy day of racing action.

Race 8 Devonport Synthetic 

Swoop Dog @ 9/2

Race 1 Warwick Farm 

Moscow Night @ 9/2

Race 3 Sandown Lakeside 

Shakattak @ 17/5

Dog to take Cup 

With the defection of Mandela Effect, a field of 15 are set to go to post for the Devonport Cup. 

The 1880m synthetic contest is likely to see Alpine Wolf jump as favourite for Barry Campbell. The four-year-old won his first two starts over sprint distances at this trip back in 2021. 

He's registered two subsequent victories, most recently over 2100m on a good 4 track at Launceston in January last year. 

While he’s acquitted himself well since, he has failed to score in four subsequent starts. The majority of those have come over distances short of his best including when three lengths fifth over 1400m at Launceston. 

Beaten three lengths in that Launceston contest held last month, he looks ready for this step back up in trip. 

Swoop Dog, runner-up in this race 12 months ago is preferred here however. The selection has delivered a number of solid efforts since that course and distance second. 

However, the gelding failed to mount a serious challenge on his first two starts this spell. Notably those efforts came over 1200m and 1400m at Launceston. 

He took a step forward upped to 1800m when winning at Longford at the start of the month. Swoop Dog also has a good jockey in Sigrid Carr, who has been on board for all three starts during this spell.

Well drawn four off the rail, John Blacker’s charge looks up to going one better than in 2022.

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Moscow for Warwick Farm triumph 

The opener at Warwick Farm, a 1400m maiden handicap is an intriguing affair. A soft 5 surface is forecast for the 11-runner event. 

Kerrin McEvoy’s mount, The Englishman, showed plenty of ability when runner-up on debut. That effort came when beaten by less than four lengths in a 1300m maiden at Randwick Kensington in August. 

Given a break since then, he is sure to have his supporters for the Peter and Paul Snowden team. 

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team saddled an across the card treble on Saturday. 

They are represented by Moscow Night here who has the benefit of a run this spell. That effort proved to be a disappointing one with the colt fading to finish last in a 1200m maiden. 

It’s worth forgiving that disappointment with the pick having shown solid form on both starts at two. The second of those came when third over 1100m on a heavy 10 track at Canterbury last July. 

With Tim Clark back in the saddle, the Written Tycoon gelding looks up to scoring at the fourth attempt.

Shakattak for Sandown success 

The third race on the Sandown Lakeside card is a 1200m maiden contest. Trainer Clinton McDonald saddles the twice-raced Shakattak in the competitive looking contest. 

The selection raced from off the pace in a 1000m maiden at Wangaratta on debut at the start of last month. Caught the eye when finishing fourth having met trouble in the run that day. 

Showed improved form when ridden closer to the speed to finish runner-up at Cranbourne subsequently. That Cranbourne effort came on a good 4 track over this distance on 23rd December. 

Well drawn in three here the Shalaa gelding looks capable of breaking his maiden with Ethan Brown up.

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