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Australian Racing: Vintage Diesel out to spring upset

We’ve five meetings across Australia this Wednesday including four metro meetings from Randwick Kensington, Sandown Hillside, Ipswich and Belmont Park.

Diesel to complete hat-trick

Wisaka and Rudhyar are vying for favouritism ahead of the 2400m Benchmark 70 event that is set to take place as the fourth race on the Sandown Hillside card.

Wisaka completed a double when winning a Benchmark 64 contest on a soft 7 race over 2000m at Ballarat on 10th July. Had previously won on a heavy 9 surface in a similar contest over 2080m at Cranbourne and the gelding is expected to show up well.

Jamie Kah gets the leg up on Rudhyar following a fourth in a Benchmark 78 event on a heavy 8 track at Sandown Lakeside at the end of last month. Gets a drop in grade here and warrants upmost respect.

Vintage Diesel however is taken to spring something of an upset following two victories in easier events at Wagga. The most recent of those victories came under his rider here Hannah Edgley on a heavy 10 track in a Benchmark 66 contest earlier this month.

Expected to track the early pace here and with Ben Brisbourne’s gelding having shown a marked preference for heavy going with four wins and a second from five starts Vintage Diesel is taken to register a sixth career win.

Zounique for heavy ground triumph

Steplee is expected to start favourite for the fourth race on the Randwick Kensington card, an 1800m Benchmark 72 event.

With a heavy 9 track forecast Rodney Northam’s charges liking for wet tracks is a positive and he caught the eye when racing from off the pace prior to finishing runner-up over this track and trip under today’s jockey Grant Buckley at the end of last month.

Preference on this occasion however is for Zounique who has won twice already this spell including on a heavy 9 track in a Benchmark 64 contest over 1850m at Newcastle at the start of the month.

Notably the five-year-old has won half of his four starts on heavy tracks and having drawn the rail here he looks up to registering a victory with claimer Reece Jones booked for the ride.

Plutocrat to defy top weight

In the penultimate race at Ipswich Red Rubi looks to hold strong claims of bouncing back having failed to complete a hat-trick down the field in a 1200m Benchmark 80 event Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

Drawn to good effort three off the rail and had demonstrated good form prior including when winning a Class 5 over 1050m on a soft 5 track at Doomben on her penultimate start.

She may find the Kyle Wilson-Taylor-ridden Plutocrat, who is shouldered with top weight here too good however with the daughter of Rich Enuff having maintained her unbeaten record here when winning by a narrow margin in a Benchmark 72 contest over this course and distance on a good 4 track first up.

Put a below par effort at Eagle Farm next time out behind her when third on synthetics at Sunshine Coast two weeks ago and is selected to maintain her unbeaten record at this track.

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