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Australian Racing: The Milkybar Kid to provide tough opposition

There are four metro meetings on Wednesday with one provincial and one country meeting also set to take place.

Race 3 Randwick Kensington

The Milkybar Kid @ 3.40

Race 1 Doomben

Totspur @ 1.90

Race 7 Belmont Park

Divine Flirt @ 3.00

Kid to salute 

The third race on the Randwick Kensington card is an interesting 1800m Benchmark 72 handicap event.

The Chris Waller team saddle Villaden here with the gelding returning to form when finishing runner-up in a Benchmark 72 contest at Canterbury on 26th July.

The five-year-old tracked the pace on that occasion having previously finished down the field in a couple of Benchmark 78 events over this 1800m distance.

James McDonald, on board at Canterbury is again in the saddle here and while the pair look to hold strong claims preference is for THE MILKYBAR KID on this occasion.

The gelding-old has shown a liking for this venue in the past winning over this course and distance in a similar race to this on a soft 6 track in June last year.

The selection has been lightly-raced since with just the three starts since following up with a victory over 2140m at Warwick Farm the following month.

The son of Reliable Man trialled twice prior to returning from a spell over an inadequate 1600m in a Benchmark 72 handicap at Warwick Farm two weeks ago.

Only the one runner has emerged from that event so far with sixth home Alfano delivering a good third place finish at Randwick on Saturday.

Group 1 winning hoop Adam Hyeronimus boasts an 18.5% strike-rate (93/502) for the Waterhouse & Bott team and his mount looks capable of helping him improve on that here. 

Totspur to score

Kenshin Maru showed plenty of ability on debut and he is expected to prove popular in the opener at Doomben.

The race in question is a 1350m three-year-old maiden with a soft 5 track expected at the Queensland venue. 

Trained by Louise White Kenshin Maru tracked the pace prior to losing his position in a course and distance maiden event when making his debut last month.

Tiffani Brooker’s mount is expected to have improved for that experience and while he rates a worthy favourite Bjorn Baker’s TOTSPUR is selected to get the better of him.

The selection showed a fair level of ability despite finishing over six lengths behind the winner when debuting in a 1200m maiden at Toowoomba when making his debut just over a month ago.

The son of Jet Spur took a step forward when a length third upped to this distance for a handicap contest on a soft 5 track at Ipswich.

Totspur jumped at big odds for that Ipswich event and with a good alley two off the rail here is taken to salute under Michael Cahill.

Flirt for Belmont victory

There’s a competitive card at Belmont Park in Western Australia with DIVINE FLIRT taking the eye in the penultimate race on the card, a 1300m handicap event.

The mare has shown good form at this venue this spell winning three of her five starts at this venue and placing second in the other two.

The most recent of the six-year-old’s victories saw her triumph by half-a-length against her own sex in a 1200m Class 3 handicap on a soft 6 track just under a month ago.

Joseph Azzopardi, on board here was in the saddle when the mare lost out by a head over the same course and distance in similar conditions subsequently.

Versatile with regards to tactics, Azzopardi has options from barrier two and the Playing God filly is selected to deliver career win number four. 

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