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Australian Racing: Mr Maestro to go the distance

There’s metropolitan action at Flemington and Devenport Synthetic plus six provincial and country fixtures taking place this Sunday.

Maestro for Flemington success

The sixth race on the Flemington card, the Victoria Derby Preview is an intriguing affair with a field of 16 set to go to post.

Major Beel brings solid form into the race and is expected to jump as favourite following two placed efforts since since winning a Wyong maiden over 1300m back in July.

The most recent of those placings came when runner-up on his first start over 1500m at Moonee Valley earlier this month.

The extra distance he gets here looks likely to suit but preference is for Mr Maestro who is improving with racing this spell.

Took a step forward when finishing a close up fourth in the Hugh Wallace-Smith over 1500m at Moonee Valley just under a month ago and having shown he handles wet tracks when breaking his maiden at Avondale, New Zealand in April.

Damian Lane on board for both starts this spell retains the ride and Andrew Forsman’s charge is taken to track the pace prior to registering a second career win stepping up in distance.

Donut for Devenport Synthetic success

The fifth race at Devenport Synthetic is a competitive 1650m Benchmark 68 contest with Hero Of Romani expected to have his supporters following a second place finish in a 1350m Class 3 contest at this venue earlier this month.

Troy Baker, on board that day takes the ride here and while the pair could finish only seventh over 1650m here in July Hero Of Romani has run well at this track and trip in the past and warrants respect.

The winner of the previously mentioned Class 3 event was Square Donut and he is taken to confirm that form with Hero Of Romani stepping up in distance.

Ridden from behind the speed last time out the pick has shown good form over further in the past including when a close second in a Benchmark 62 event over 1880m at this venue on his penultimate start.

The switch to synthetics has clearly suited the son of Reward For Effort with that latest victory marking his second at the track and given he has won or placed in all five previous starts at this venue he rates a solid pick to deliver a fourth career success with jockey Anthony Darmanin looking to improve on his 19% strike-rate (16/83) here in the last year.

Rain for Sunshine Coast victory

Husson’s Revenge and Lady Rain dominate the market ahead of the 1200m Benchmark 62 contest that is set to take place as the fifth race on the Sunshine Coast card.

The Jack Burce-trained Husson’s Revenge debuted with a win over 1100m on a soft 5 track at Grafton back in January and placed on both subsequent starts in his first spell including over 1300m here next month.

Spelled following a runner-up finish at Gold Coast in February the four-year-old returned with a length triumph in a Benchmark 58 contest over 1100m at Ipswich last month and while progressive he is expected to find Annabel Neasham’s Lady Rain too strong.

Brodie Loy’s mount placed second on her first two starts but made no mistake when returning from a spell to deliver a victory in a 1200m maiden race on a good 4 track at Ipswich last month.

Followed that effort up with a good third place finish in a Class 2 contest on a soft 6 surface over the same course and distance on 31st August and while she clearly handles the soft going the return to a sound surface here can see the daughter of Wandjina deliver win number two.

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