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Australian Racing: Waller charge backed for Doomben shock

There is Group 1 action from both Queensland and South Australia, with the Doomben Cup at Doomben and The Goodwood at Morphettville both set take place on Saturday.

Race 7 Doomben

Kovalica @ 11.00

Race 8 Morphettville

Another Award @ 7.50

Race 10 Rosehill

Impulse Control @ 26.00

Kovalica to spring Cup surprise

Zaaki is expected to jump a short-priced favourite for the 2000m Doomben Cup, which is set to take place on a soft 65 track as the seventh race on a nine-race Doomben card.

The Annabel Neasham-trained gelding has performed best on a sound surface in the past and, while he handles wet tracks, it's notable that he was a beaten favourite in this race 12 months ago.

Chris Waller’s KOVALICA is preferred on this occasion, having shown a liking for this venue in his short career to date.

The three-year-old has registered five victories from six starts since delivering a fourth-place finish in a 1300m maiden event at Newcastle on debut in October.

Two of those triumphs have come at Group level, with the pick building on a promising third at Randwick first up with a neck win in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas over 1600m at Eagle Farm.

Forced to race wide throughout in that Eagle Farm contest, he should have no issue with the step back up in distance having won over 2100m in the Group 3 Ascot Green Grand Prix Stakes in December.

As the sole three-year-old in the contest, the selection receives weight from all of his rivals and with further improvement expected he is taken to salute under James Orman.

Goodwood glory awaits Award

Lofty Strike showed good form prior to a mid-division finish in the Group 1 Furphy T J Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, and is expected to have his supporters in The Goodwood.

The Group 1 1200m event at Morphettville has attracted a field of 17, with a soft 5 track expected for the sprint contest.

The three-year-old colt has acquitted himself well against his elders this time around, following up a win in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes with two Group 1 second place finishes.

The most recent of those came over this trip down the straight at Flemington in the Newmarket Handicap in March.

Course regular ANOTHER AWARD is taken to get the better of the three-year-old, however, following some solid efforts since winning the Matrice Stakes over track and trip in March.

The five-year-old delivered a career-best effort when racing from off the pace prior to finishing strongly to finish runner-up in the Group 1 Furphy Robert Sangster Stakes over track and trip.

The daughter of Shamus Award is versatile with regards to ground and, having shown good form racing from off the pace in recent starts, is selected to deliver a victory under similar tactics here.

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Impulse says go for Control

The concluding race on Rosehill’s 10 race card is an intriguing Benchmark 78 event over 1200m, restricted to fillies & mares.

IMPULSE CONTROL takes the eye at big odds here, having met trouble in the run when finishing five lengths sixth in a Benchmark 72 event over 1100m at Canterbury earlier this month.

The selection came home sixth on a soft 6 surface that day and she should prove more at home stepping back up in distance here.

The five-year-old has a good second-up record, having won twice and placed second once from her four starts and has a good alley three off the rail here.

The pick has performed well at this Benchmark 78 level before when a close fifth over 1200m at Kembla Grange in November and she looks capable of performing well at big odds.

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