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Australian Racing: Princess set to shine at Sandown

Warwick Farm, Sandown Hillside and Belmont Park are three of the five metro meetings scheduled for Wednesday with Balaklava providing provincial action.

Princess for Hillside triumph

In the seventh race at Sandown Hillside, a 1400m Benchmark 70 event Free Flying Star is expected to jump as favourite following a good run of form.

Patrick Payne’s charge has finished in the first three in each of her last five starts with three victories included in that run.

Showed a liking for wet tracks when triumphing over this course and distance in a similar race to this on a heavy 10 surface with Craig Williams up on two weeks ago.  Returned to finish a close up third upped to 1500m here a week ago but she has had a busy time of it and may find Awapuni Princess too good this time around.

Billy Egan’s mount placed second in a couple of Benchmark 70 contests over 1300m on the Lakeside course at this venue prior to a fifth place finish having raced from off the pace over 1400m at Caulfield at the weekend.

Did best of those to race from off the pace in that Caulfield contest and having won twice on the forecast soft going the four-year-old is selected to deliver a fourth career success.

Astro to resume winning ways

Halatorion looks to hold strong claims of taking the sixth at Belmont Park, a 1200m event.

Delivered two wins last spell with both of those coming over around this distance including in a Class 2 1230m event on a good 3 track at Albany in January.

Showed plenty of promise when closing well for third having raced from off the pace over 1000m at this circuit when returning to action earlier this month.

With regards this race the return to 1200m is a positive as is the draw, however the ground, forecast to be a heavy 8 has to be taken on trust with both previous wins coming on a sound surface.

Already a winner this spell having taken out an 1100m Class 3 event at Northam first up at the end of last month Astro Warrior is selected to get the better of the likely favourite.

Followed that up with a solid fifth in a race over this course and distance and having shown a liking for wet tracks when scoring in a 1300m contest at Pinjarra in June last year Lucy Warwick’s mount is the pick to see off her rivals with a good draw one off the rail.

Flower to complete double

Transplant is sure to prove popular with punters ahead of the Benchmark 72 event over 1400m that’s set to take place as the sixth race on the Warwick Farm card.

The four-year-old filly has the services of William Pike following a second place finish over 1300m at at Hawkesbury. Joseph Pride’s charge lacks experience of heavy tracks however and as such preference is for Flower Moon who has won two of her three starts this spell.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained three-year-old saw off three rivals in taking a Benchmark 64 event on a heavy 10 track over this trip at Goulburn on her first attempt at this distance.

Justified short odds that day and with regular pilot Jason Collett up looks up to registering career win number four.

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