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Australian Racing: Wilewink well-suited to Warrnambool

There are five meetings set to take place on Monday, a provincial fixture at Ipswich and cards from Belmont, Leeton, Tamworth and Warrnambool.

Race 4 Ipswich

Big Ticket Boy @ 2.90

Race 5 Warrnambool

Wilewink @ 4.80

Race 6 Tamworth

Our Boy Ollie @ 3.20

Boy just the Ticket at Ipswich

The fourth race at Ipswich is an interesting 1350m Class 1 set weights contest set to take place on a good 4 track.

Top weight Bassac Lane showed up well in a couple of barrier trials contests earlier this year including when winning over 1050m at Beaudesert in July.

The gelding confirmed that promise when delivering a one-and-a-half-length victory in a maiden on the synthetic surface at Gold Coast 12 days later.

James Orman takes over in the saddle here with the gelding having failed to shine when subsequently beaten six lengths in a Class 1 metro contest over 1200m at Doomben.

The switch to provincial racing here is a positive and BIG TICKET BOY is preferred.

The 2.90 selection showed a liking for this venue last season including when delivering a near one-and-a-half-length success over 1666m in a maiden back in April.

That maiden success came on a good 4 track and the five-year-old followed it up with a half-length third when racing over 1800m at metro level in an Eagle Farm Class 1 handicap.

Georgina Cartwright, on board for four of the picks five starts to date is again in the saddle here while the pick has run well over this shorter distance in maiden company.

Trainer Lindsay Gough can boast a 24% strike-rate (6/25) at this venue in the last month and the stables representative here can help improve on that.

Wilewink can complete hat-trick

A soft 7 track is expected at Warrnambool with the longest race on the card - a Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place over 3100m.

Jeremy Kenny saddles the likely favourite Bear Arms who has shown a liking for this circuit in the past including when winning over 3163m here last month.

That victory came in a Benchmark 70 handicap and the mare drops in grade here having finished sixth over 2400m in a Benchmark 78 event at Morphettville Parks on September 9th.

Fred W Kersley’s mount stays well and barrier seven shouldn’t pose any issues in a staying race of this nature.

However, WILEWINK has shown good form since transferring from New Zealand and having won two of his three starts this spell he is preferred on this occasion.

Both of those victories have come at this venue including by nearly four lengths in a 2000m maiden on a heavy 10 track August 20th.

While the 4.80 seven-year-old has yet to race over this trip since making the switch, he went on to complete a double when successful over 2350m here earlier this month.

Victorious at this Benchmark 64 level on that occasion, he performed well over 3200m when mid-division in the Group 3 Wellington Cup handicap back in January.

Tom Madden, on board last time out is again in the saddle and he can partner the gelding to a third career success.

Ollie to take Spring Cup

The Spring Cup is due to take place as the penultimate contest on a seven-race card at Tamworth.

OUR BOY OLLIE takes the eye for the Michelle Fleming stable here having shown good form in winning twice so far in 2023.

The most recent of those victories saw the gelding deliver a half-length victory in a Benchmark 66 handicap on a good 4 track two weeks ago.

The step up to 1200m here should prove no issue, with the 3.20 pick having triumphed over this distance at Newcastle back in January.

The five-year-old is a tactically versatile type given he made all the running at Newcastle and came from off the pace at Muswellbrook.

Chelsea Hillier, on board last time out, is again in the saddle and taking two kilograms off she can partner the gelding to his fifth career win.

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