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Australian Racing: Tokyo Blossom can bloom at Warwick

Wet tracks look to be the order of the day with soft ground expected at Grafton, Geelong and Warwick and a heavy 8 forecast for Nowra.

Race 9 Warwick

Tokyo Blossom @ 2.60

Race 6 Nowra

Headstock @ 7.00

Race 6 Geelong

Reservoir Dog @ 5.00

Tokyo to blossom at Warwick 

The concluding race on Warwick’s nine race card is an interesting 2000m Benchmark 58 handicap contest. 

Idling By looks likely to have her supporters for the Mark Currie stable having made two starts over shorter this spell. 

The most recent of those saw the daughter of Real Impact finish four-and-a-half-lengths sixth in a 1540m contest on the polytrack at Gold Coast at the start of the month. 

The five-year-old has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past however she has to prove her stamina here and TOKYO BLOSSOM is preferred in this event. 

The three-year-old gets in off a nice weight here having delivered placed efforts in her two most recent outings. 

The first of those came when third over 1700m in a Benchmark 62 contest on a good 4 track at Ipswich last month. 

The daughter of Maurice followed that up with a solid second when beaten less than a length upped to 2150m for the first time in a Restricted 58 event at Toowoomba April 1. 

Nozi Tomizawa takes the ride for the first time here and looks capable of partnering the filly to a second career win.

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Headstock for Nowra success 

The penultimate race at Nowra takes the eye with the 1200m Class 1 handicap expected to see 10 go to post following the scratchings of Proud Image and Rhumbadu. 

HEADSTOCK takes the eye here with the three-year-old having shown a liking for wet tracks in the past including when winning by half-a-length in a maiden contest at Moruya early last month. 

That effort came in a 1200m event held on a soft 6 track with the pick following up with a good second at Benchmark 58 level in a 1208m event at Sapphire Coast. 

The pick placed has placed on a heavy track in the past and is a fairly versatile sort tactics wise having run well from off the pace and when tracking the speed. 

Barrier 11 isn’t ideal for apprentice jockey Olivia Chambers’ mount but her horse arrives here in good form and is selected to double his career tally.

Reservoir to return with victory 

Miss Keeler looks likely to jump as favourite for the sixth at Geelong. The race in question is a 1512m Benchmark 58 contest with a soft 7 surface forecast. 

Trained by Jim Conlan the mare has shown form in the wet in the past including when a close up third at this level in a 1400m contest at Sale earlier this month. Claimer Tom Prebble was on board that day and is again in the saddle for this contest. 

However RESERVOIR DOG is selected to get the better of the five-year-old here having broken his maiden by half-a-length over 2000m at Werribee on his penultimate outing. 

The three-year-old followed that up with a four-and-a-half-length eighth in a Class 1 metro event over the 2040m Cox Plate course and distance at Moonee Valley in December. 

The son of Choisir drops in trip for this event and returning from a break looks up to doubling his career tally having placed on two of his three starts on wet tracks in the past.

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