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Australian Racing: Tarabeau taken for Warwick Farm win

There are six meetings due to take place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures at Sandown Lakeside, Warwick Farm, Belmont Park and Launceston.

Race 3 Warwick Farm

Tarabeau @ 6.00

Race 6 Sandown Lakeside

Spirit Beast @ 5.50

Race 6 Belmont Park

La Dette @ 5.50

Tarabeau ready to break maiden

The third race at Warwick Farm takes the eye, with newcomer Zaragoza expected to jump as favourite for the James Cummings team.

The four-year-old looks a likely type on breeding, given he is a half-brother to high-class performers Zapateo, Osborne Bulls and Badajoz, however, he lacks the race experience of a number of his rivals.

The son of Street Boss has had three barrier trials including when fifth over 1050m at Randwick in November and, while he rates highly, preference is for TARABEAU.

The gelding debuted with a sixth when sent off at odds of 5.50 for the Group 3 Breeders’ Plate over 1000m at Randwick in October last year.

While the 6.00 pick failed to score that day, he acquitted himself well and went on to finish runner-up in a 900m maiden at Scone in January.

The son of Brazen Beau has been off the track since returning to Group 3 company for a tenth of 11 over this trip in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Sandown Hillside in February.

The pick has a good barrier four from the rail and looks up to helping the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team improve on an already impressive 31% strike-rate (23/74) here in the last 12 months.

Spirit to salute at Sandown

The sixth race of the day at Sandown Lakeside is a competitive looking 1400m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s Call Him Iggy made the perfect start to his racing career when saluting by nearly four lengths in a 1300m maiden at Seymour November 17th.

Always prominent when racing on a good 4 track that day, the form of that contest hasn’t been properly tested as yet, with just two runners coming out of the race so far.

Neither of those delivered winning efforts, however it was hard not to be impressed with the manner of the four-year-old’s victory.

The gelding has a wide barrier here and with that in mind it can prove profitable to look elsewhere, with SPIRIT BEAST the pick.

He has made four starts so far and, while he failed to shine when eighth when racing first up in his last spell, he took a step forward when racing over this course and distance subsequently.

That course and distance effort saw the 5.50 selection lose out by less than a length in a Benchmark 64 handicap held on a good 4 track.

The selection prepped for this contest with a second in an 1100m barrier trial at Tatura November 27th and looks capable of scoring with Damian Lane booked to ride.

La Dette to steer clear of trouble

The penultimate race at Belmont Park plays host to the third selection of the day.

The race in question is a 1400m Class 3 handicap for fillies & mares set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Adam Durrant’s LA DETTE registered a number of placed efforts at Class 1 level last season and broke through for a win when scoring by half-a-length when racing over this trip at Ascot last month.

The 5.50 pick raced from mid-division on that occasion and, having met trouble in running and bumping into a rival, she delivered what looked like a comfortable win despite the margin of victory.

Clint Johnston-Porter’s mount looks ready for the step up in grade she gets here and she is taken to complete a double.

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