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Australian Racing: Taunting has too much for his rivals

There are five meetings to enjoy on Wednesday, including at Warrnambool where the Listed Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap provides the highlight.

Race 8 Warrnambool

Taunting @ 5.50

Race 2 Eagle Farm

Ardern @ 6.00

R4 Canterbury

Storm King @ 3.20

Taunting ready for Bool success

The big race at The ‘Bool will be the eighth on a 10-race card, with Outlaws Revenge expected to prove popular following a string of second-place finishes.

Two of those came at Morphettville, while the switch to Sandown Lakeside proved no issue when beaten less than a length on a soft 5 surface last month.

While that Sandown Lakeside form hasn’t really been tested, the sixth home Amegdul has placed second subsequently.

The forecast soft 6 track should prove no issue, however a wide barrier in 12 is far from ideal and as such TAUNTING is preferred in this contest.

Trained by Michael Hickmott, the gelding registered a promising fourth when racing at Benchmark 78 level in a 1050m event at Morphettville first up back in March.

The step up in grade and switch to a soft 5 track was no issue for the four-year-old as he came home just over three-quarters-of-a-length clear of his rivals in Listed company subsequently.

That Listed triumph came in the 1100m Railway Stakes at Oakbank with his jockey Jessica Eaton in the saddle.

The pick gets in off a nice low weight here and looks capable of completing a double on his first start at this venue.  

Ardern to break maiden

Eagle Farm is set to play host to a 10-race card, with the second race on the card a 1200m maiden handicap for three-year-olds.

A good 4 track is expected, with newcomer Lovewillcomelater expected to have his supporters following a barrier trial win over 1000m at Doomben last month.

The gelding’s lack of race experience may tell here, with preference for the once-raced ARDERN, who hails from the Robert Heathcote stable.

The filly headed into her debut at Doomben last month on the back of two fair efforts in barrier trials over 840m at that track.

The selection showed plenty of ability on that occasion, finishing a neck third with that form being boosted by the subsequent victory of the fourth home Classique Gal.

The daughter of Better Than Ready is expected to have improved for that experience and, with barrier five no issue, she is taken to get off the mark at the second time of asking.

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King to make it all at Canterbury

The fourth race on Canterbury’s card is an interesting 1900m Benchmark 72 handicap.

With a soft 7 track forecast confirmed wet-tracker STORM KING takes the eye for the Ben Brisbourne stable.

The selection has shown improvement since returning with a last of 13 over 1600m in a Benchmark 84 event at Flemington on his first start this spell.

While the gelding found the Benchmark 84 level too much on that occasion, he has acquitted himself well since - including a victory by a head in a Benchmark 72 event last time.

That Benchmark 72 success came over 1800m at Randwick Kensington, while the four-year-old’s best efforts this spell have come when encountering soft ground on his two most recent starts.

The return to front-running tactics appeared to suit at Randwick Kensington having been apprentice-ridden from mid-division when third at Sandown Lakeside prior. 

Sam Clipperton, on board last time out, is a positive jockey booking once more and with an easy lead likely, Storm King looks up to making all the running to complete a double.

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