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Australian Racing: Symphony in tune for Tasmania success

There are six meetings scheduled to take place on Wednesday, with one of the main highlights Group 3 action at Launceston.

Race 8 Launceston

Aurora's Symphony @ 3.20

Race 4 Rosehill

Cormac T @ 5.00

Race 5 Sandown Hillside

Boondocks @ 4.40

Symphony hitting the right notes

The Group 3 Launceston Cup is set to take place over 2400m with a field of 10 declared for the feature at the Tasmanian track.

Richard Cully saddles Excelleration here, with the gelding having registered a couple of solid fifth place finishes in his first two starts this prep.

The second of those efforts saw the seven-year-old beaten just over three lengths in a 10-runner Benchmark 84 handicap on a soft 7 surface at Ballarat in December.

The son of Excelebration has made just one subsequent start, with that effort coming when registering an impressive win in the Great Western Cup at Great Western.

Harry Coffey’s mount came home over four lengths clear of his six rivals when jumping at odds of $1.80 and he has more on his plate stepping up in distance and class.

Fellow seven-year-old AURORA'S SYMPHONY arrives here as the winner of each of his last two starts and earns the nod as a result.

The first of those triumphs came by a narrow margin when contesting a 2000m metro handicap at Flemington last month.

The 3.20 selection raced in a Benchmark 100 event on a good 4 track that day and found the step up in both great and trip to his liking at Hobart last time out.

The pick registered a victory by over two-and-a-half-lengths in the Group 3 Hobart Cup over this distance on that occasion.

Both of those victories came on good 4 surfaces and he should have no issue with the forecast going here.

Jordan Childs’ mount has been allocated an inside barrier and he looks capable of registering his third consecutive win in this contest.

Cormac ready to break maiden

The most valuable event on Rosehill’s seven-race metro card is the fourth race of the day, the TAB Maiden Handicap over 1500m.

Little Jeanie is expected to have her supporters on her first start for trainer Chris Waller, having demonstrated good form in New Zealand in three starts in 2023.

The filly lost out by a narrow margin when runner-up over 1400m on a good 3 track at Te Aroha in November, however a wide barrier here tempers enthusiasm.

CORMAC T showed plenty of ability when trained in Ireland last year placing on all four starts.

Two of those came on good going, including when beaten less than two lengths when third over 1911m in a Gowran Park maiden in early June.

The 5.00 pick was freshened following that effort and ended his time in Ireland by finishing a close second in an 1810m maiden at Leopardstown in August.

The four-year-old again raced on good going on that occasion and, while he failed to shine in his first barrier trial of the year at this track, he took a step forward at Warwick Farm last time out.

The gelding came home over three lengths clear of the field in that Warwick Farm barrier trial, held over 1207m earlier this month and he is selected to make a winning Australian debut.

Boondocks set for Sandown success

Sandown’s Hillside course is set to play host to a metro meeting, with the fifth race a competitive 1800m Benchmark 64 handicap.

The Ben, JD & Will Hayes team do well at this track with a 39% strike-rate (7/18) at this venue in the last 12 months.

They send out BOONDOCKS, the mount of Michael Dee here with the colt having won two of his last three starts.

Those two wins included his first triumph against previous winners, having taken out a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap over 1600m at Ballarat earlier this month.

The 4.40 colt made all the running and stepping up in distance is expected to employ similar tactics here.

Jockey Michael Dee, on board for both of the son of Zoustar’s wins to date, is again in the saddle and he can steer the colt to victory from barrier four.

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