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Australian Racing: Waller has a good one in Autumnmation

There are five meetings taking place on Wednesday, including metro fixtures at both Randwick Kensington and Doomben.

Race 4 Randwick Kensington

Autumnmation @ 4.00

Race 5 Doomben

Speed Map @ 6.50

Race 6 Ballarat

Miss Titeline @ 5.50

Waller filly looks good at Randwick

The most valuable race of the day is the fourth race on the Randwick Kensington card, a 1400m maiden handicap for three-year-olds.

A soft 5 track is expected, with top weight Xidaki expected to jump as favourite following a string of placed efforts.

The gelding debuted with a second place over 1200m at Wyong in September and, having been spelled following that effort, has shown good form in placing in all three starts this spell.

Those efforts include a close second when contesting a similar race to this over 1250m on a soft 5 track here at the end of last month.

However, the filly AUTUMNMATION is preferred, receiving two-and-a-half-kilograms from Xidaki in this contest.

The pick recorded a number of placed efforts earlier this season, including when third in a 1400m maiden on a good 4 track at Rosehill in September.

The 4.00 daughter of The Autumn Sun had subsequent Listed winner Kaizad in front of her in second that day and returned with a good second over 1250m at Canterbury last month.

Chris Waller’s filly was beaten less than half-a-length on a soft 6 track that day, however she disappointed on a good 4 track when fourth over the same track and trip subsequently.

The selection should appreciate the return to 1400m here and she is taken to provide jockey Tommy Berry with a winner.

Map has the Speed to succeed

The fifth race at Doomben is a competitive looking Benchmark 65 handicap set to take place over 1630m on a soft 6 track.

Hadouken represents Peter Robl here and he showed good form in winning three times on the polytrack at Gold Coast earlier this season.

Those efforts included a narrow margin victory in a 1900m Class 3 handicap on his final start of that spell, having previously registered a close third in a Benchmark 68 handicap over 2060m here.

However, the five-year-old faded when contesting a 1400m Benchmark 68 handicap at Sunshine Coast first up this spell and, while improvement is likely, SPEED MAP is the pick in this event.

Paul Barron’s inmate showed good form when winning a Class 3 handicap over 1600m at Sunshine Coast in December.

While the five-year-old won by a narrow margin that day, the race has produced a number of subsequent winners and the 6.50 selection has placed in two of his three subsequent starts.

Those starts include a third when beaten just over a length in a 1600m Class 4 handicap on a good 4 surface at Eagle Farm on 26th January.

The wet track expected here is no issue and jumping from barrier eight he looks capable of recording a metro success.

Miss ready for Ballarat triumph

Michael Leonard sends out MISS TITELINE in the sixth race at Ballarat and she is selected to deliver a victory in the 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap.

The five-year-old lost out by a narrow margin when runner-up in a similar race to this in October and has recorded top-three finishes in four of her five subsequent outings.

Those efforts include a third over 1300m in a Benchmark 70 handicap at Stawell on her penultimate start, after which she delivered a good sixth over 1200m down the straight at Flemington. 

The 5.50 selection started awkwardly at Flemington, but was beaten by less than a length on a good 4 track, having lost her place at a crucial stage.

Connections have opted to apply blinkers for the first time this spell, with the drop to country level racing in John Allen’s mount’s favour.

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