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It's another packed day of racing across Australia on Saturday
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Australian Racing: Top Spy has eyes on the prize

There are eight meetings due to take place on Sunday with Sandown Lakeside providing punters with an eight-race card consisting of five flat races and three over obstacles.

Race 7 Sandown Lakeside

No Drama @ 5.50

Race 7 Townsville

Top Spy @ 3.60

Race 7 Forbes

Kangaroo Court @ 2.10

Drama for Sandown success 

The penultimate race on the Sandown Lakeside card is a competitive looking 1500m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 surface. 

Colombe D’Or is expected to have her supporters having shown solid form in five starts to date.

The mare broke her maiden first time out when successful by a length on a heavy 8 surface in a 1412m maiden at Geelong in June last year.

The daughter of Rubick registered her first victory since that effort when saluting by half-a-length in a Benchmark 64 handicap on a heavy 8 surface at Werribee last month.

Trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace she has a wide alley to overcome here and looks opposable in this contest. 

With a good barrier seven off the rail NO DRAMA is selected to deliver his third career success.

The selection has shown good form at around this level in the past including when runner-up on a soft 7 track over 1100m at Morphettville in June last year.

The four-year-old has won since then taking out a 1400m Class 1 handicap on a good 4 surface at Bendigo in November.

Trained by Lindsey Smith the gelding has been competing in stronger races than this since returning from a spell.

Those efforts include a fifth-place finish when contesting a $150,000 1600m handicap on a soft 5 track when racing at Moonee Valley last week.

The shorter distance here is no issue for Blake Shinn’s mount and he looks capable of winning third up. 

Spy to take Guineas 

The Townsville Guineas over 1609m is due off as the penultimate race on Townsville’s eight-race card.

A soft 5 track is forecast with Cocobrew Express, top weight here expected to prove popular with punters following a two length win in the Whitsunday Guineas over 1560m at Mackay last month.

Trained by Ryan Tyrell & Tom Button the gelding, who has been tried in Group 1 company in the past had placed third in a 1350m handicap at Doomben on his penultimate outing.

The concession of a minimum of four kilograms in weight to his rivals here is expected to prove enough to stop him completing a double over this trip with the filly TOP SPY preferred.   

Top Spy showed good placed form at a lower level when racing at Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast earlier this year and she registered her first win of the year in the 1500m Carpricornia Guineas.

That success came on a good 4 surface at Rockhampton with the pick racing from mid-division prior to delivering a near two length success. 

Jockey Leslie Tilley has won on the pick before and the tactically versatile filly shouldn’t have too many issues from barrier 11. 

Court to complete double 

The Forbes Cup, the penultimate race on an eight-race card at Forbes is a Big Dance qualifying contest set to take place over 1600m on a good 4 track. 

KANGAROO COURT is expected to jump as favourite and should prove very hard to beat for the powerful Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team.

The gelding has won two of his three starts this spell including by one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m maiden at Kembla Grange in June.

A narrow defeat in a Hawkesbury Class 1 followed prior to the pick returning to winning ways when delivering a head victory in a Benchmark 72 event over 1500m at Rosehill on 22nd July.

That Rosehill effort saw the pick finish to good effect and the step up in distance shouldn’t pose any problems.

The son of Snitzel drops to country racing and looks capable of completing a double. 

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