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Australian Racing: White Marlin fishing for Flemington glory

There’s two Group 1 races set to take place this Saturday - including the $1,500,000 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben.

Race 8 Doomben 

Aft Cabin @ 6.00

Race 7 Morphettville 

Red Sun Sensation @ 15.00

Race 7 Flemington 

White Marlin @ 2.20

Cabin for Doomben glory 

Giga Kick burst onto the scene with a win in The Everest last year and the gelding registered his first victory since when taking out the 1400m Group 1 All Aged Stakes on a soft 7 track at Randwick last month. 

The three-year-old trialled well when triumphant in a 1045m barrier trial at Randwick at the start of this month. 

While the Clayton Douglas-trained gelding is expected to prove hard to beat as he seeks Group 1 win number two, fellow three-year-old AFT CABIN is preferred for the James Cummings team. 

The son of Astern is the winner of half of his eight starts, including when taking out the 1200m Group 3 Fujitsu General Eskimo Prince on a good 4 track at Randwick in early February. 

A couple of solid efforts in defeat over further followed prior to a return to 1200m when victorious in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3yo Sprint back at Randwick last month. 

That effort came on a heavy 8 track. but the quicker going expected here should prove no issue while similar comments apply to the 1300m distance. 

James McDonald’s mount has a good alley three off the rail and looks capable of registering his first win at the highest level.

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Sensation for Derby success 

The second of the two Group 1s is set to take place is the 2500m South Australian Derby on a soft 5 track at Morphettville

She’s Fit showed good form in Perth earlier this year, completing a double when taking out the 2400m Group 3 W.A. Oaks prior to filling third spot in the Derby at Ascot last month. 

The switch to South Australia proved no issue for the filly with Daniel Morton’s charge going down by a narrow margin when runner-up in the 2000m Group 1 Australasian Oaks.

That Australasian Oaks effort marked the fillies first outing on a wet track and she should appreciate the return to 2400m. 

Preference here however is for Peter Moody’s RED SUN SENSATION who delivered a career best effort when winning the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes over 2000m.

The pick raced from off the pace on that occasion, but finished strongly on just his second start over 2000m to get home by a narrow margin from Loco and Suizuro who both re-oppose here. 

Luke Nolen takes the ride on the selection here who shaped as if the step up in trip he gets for this contest would suit, while a wide draw shouldn’t inconvenience too much give his racing style.

Marlin for Ramsden triumph 

WHITE MARLIN was unbeaten in six starts prior to a short-price defeat in a handicap contest at Pakenham and he looks up to returning to winning ways in the Listed Andrew Ramsden. 

The 2800m contest set to be held at Flemington has attracted a field of 10, with the pick having shown a liking for this track and trip when winning by five-and-a-half-lengths here in November. 

That effort came at Benchmark 96 level with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained gelding registering a Group 3 success at Sandown Lakeside. 

The step back up to 2800m is in his favour here and the pick who is among the leading fancies for November’s Melbourne Cup at this venue is expected to return to winning ways.

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