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Australian Racing: Thespian takes centre stage at Launceston

There are six meetings set to take place on Wednesday including a nine-race card at Launceston, as well as fixtures from Eagle Farm, Wyong, Mornington, Pinjarra and Strathalbyn.

Race 7 Launceston

Thespian Waters @ 4.00

Race 2 Eagle Farm

A Certain Maybe @ 4.20

Race 6 Wyong

Spywire @ 1.85

No acting up for Waters at Launceston

The seventh race at Launceston is an interesting three-year-old set weights contest taking place over 1400m.

A soft 5 track is expected, with the Barry Campbell-trained Aruma likely to have her supporters after winning four of her six starts this spell.

All four of those victories have come at this venue, including when successful by half-a-length in a four runner 1620m handicap held on a good 4 track here November 22nd.

The filly could finish only sixth when dropped to 1200m at this track a week later, however, and this step up to 1400m is in her favour.

Anthony Darmanin’s mount was beaten just over a length in that latest effort and, while she rates highly, preference is for THESPIAN WATERS here.

Trained and ridden by Sigrid Carr, the pick placed second when narrowly beaten in the previously mentioned 1200m contest.

The 4.00 selection tracked the speed that day, having raced prominently prior to delivering a near three-length victory in an 1100m handicap at Hobart on her seasonal debut prior to that.

The tongue tie the gelding wore as a two-year-old is applied for the first time this campaign and stepping up in distance the son of Headwater is backed to salute for the second time.

Certain to complete a double

Eagle Farm stages a competitive seven-race metro card with the second race of the day a 1600m Class 1 handicap event.

Dark Chill was beaten less than two lengths when sixth over 1200m at the track on his seasonal debut in October.

The gelding is expected to jump as favourite here following two subsequent placed efforts, including when runner-up over 1650m at Doomben in a Class 2 contest on his next start.

The four-year-old subsequently delivered a third over 1600m in a Class 1 handicap held on a soft 6 track earlier this month.

While the return to a sound surface is in his favour, preference is for A CERTAIN MAYBE, who will jump from next to the rail here.

The three-year-old is a versatile type tactics-wise, having shown good form when runner-up in a 1350m maiden at Doomben when racing from off the pace at the start of last month.

The 4.20 selection lost out by a narrow margin when racing over 1650m at the same venue subsequently, prior to saluting in a 1600m maiden at Sunshine Coast December 1st.

The return to a good 4 track here is no issue and Robbie Dolan looks capable of steering Chris Anderson’s filly to victory here.

Spywire to impress at Wyong

The most valuable race of the day is the $200,000 Magic Millions Wyong 2yo Classic over 1100m.

A field of eight have been declared for the contest, which is set to take place as the sixth race on a seven-race card.

Only two of the field have race experience, with preference in the pair given to SPYWIRE.

The son of Trapeze Artist was a $520,000 purchase earlier this year and showed plenty of ability in registering a victory in a barrier trial over 900m at Rosehill early last month.

The 1.85 selection confirmed that promise when making all the running to deliver a near two-and-a-half-length victory in an 1100m maiden at Rosehill November 15th.

The pick raced on a good 4 surface on that occasion and with similar underfoot conditions expected here, he is taken to complete a double.

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