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Australian Racing: King Of Sparta to bounce back in Bletchingly

With no fewer than 19 meetings spread across the country this Saturday, including metro meetings at Randwick, Caulfield, Belmont Park, Doomben, Fannie Bay and Morphetville Parks there’s plenty of action to get stuck into.

King to rule in Bletchingly

Multiple Group 1 winner Streets Of Avalon is among those due to line-up in the Group 3 Bletchingly over 1200m at Caulfield. The market is currently headed by Mileva who made a winning return to action when recording a narrow margin victory in the Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100m at this track two weeks ago.

Has her jockey that day Daniel Moor in the saddle once more and while she has won both starts at this venue she has a poor record at this distance having placed just once from four starts. First up is usually the time to catch her and with that in mind Phillip Stokes’ charge looks opposable on her return to this track.

King Of Sparta had excuses when sixth in the Group 3 W.J Healy Stakes over this trip at Eagle Farm in Brisbane when racing first up last month.

The three-year-old is better judged on the form he showed last spell including when taking out the $2,000,000 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas over 1400m at Gold Coast in in January. Equally at home over this shorter distance he has the assistance of Jye McNeil here and with the soft 5 track forecast no issue he is taken to register a victory racing second up.

Romance to double up

In the sixth at Randwick, a 1500m Benchmark 72 event Kalino looks likely to jump as favourite for the powerful Chris Waller stable.

James McDonald boasts a good record here and his mount delivered a victory at this level in a 1600m contest on a soft 5 track here last month. Broke his maiden on a heavy 8 track back in March of last year but struggled on the heavy surface over 1300m here when racing first up this time around.

Deep Romance is selected to upset the Pierro gelding with the pick having won half of her four starts on heavy surfaces including a Benchmark 72 event over 1300m on a heavy 9 track at Rosehill at the start of the month.

Raced from off the pace that day and with that in mind a wide draw in nine here shouldn’t prove too much of an issue and while the filly is unproven over this distance she shaped as if 1500m wouldn’t be an issue when winning last time out.

Jockey Regan Bayliss has won on the daughter of Deep Field in the past and the pair are taken to salute in what looks a competitive affair. 

Spruiker to upset favourite

The penultimate race on the Belmont Park card, the 1200m H. G. Bolton Sprint looks a competitive affair with top weight Norodio sure to have his supporters having won 40% of his 25 starts to date including over 1000m at this venue two weeks ago.

Raced from off the pace that day but it’s notable that he could finish only sixth when strongly fancied for this race 12 months ago and while he was absent for over nine months thereafter he is opposable this time around.

The Spruiker made a highly promising return to action when finishing sixth in a course and distance event on a soft 5 track here last month.

Steve Wolfe’s charge has plenty in his favour here with a good draw in two while the son of I’m All The Talk boasts an unbeaten three-from-three second up record.

The pick is a versatile sort tactically having won when racing prominently but also when racing from off the pace and is taken to provide trainer Steve Wolfe with a winner. 

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