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Australian Racing: Aeecee Express targets more Randwick glory

We’ve four metropolitan meetings to get involved with on Wednesday with racing from Randwick Kensington, Sandown Hillside, Doomben and Belmont Park plus a provincial meeting at Balaklava.

Express for Randwick glory

Strombus looks likely to jump as favourite for the penultimate race on the Randwick Kensington card, a 1300m Benchmark 72 event.

John O’Shea’s charge returned from a short break with a half-length second in a 1200m contest at Warwick Farm on 27th July.

Usually ridden with restraint as was the case on that occasion and with that in mind a wide barrier draw shouldn’t prove too much of an inconvenience.

Fitter for that latest start and is a worthy favourite with the extra 100m here no issue.

Course winner Aeecee Express is selected to get the better of James McDonald’s mount however having delivered a third place finish in a 1200m contest at this level at Warwick Farm when making his first start of 2022.

Scored twice last spell following up a narrow margin victory over 1250m in a maiden here last August with a Class 1 triumph at Hawkesbury two weeks later.

Well drawn three off the rail and looks up to delivering a victory racing close to the speed with Tim Clark, on board last time out and for last year's Hawkesbury success booked to ride.

Sugartown for Sandown success

Jy McNeil’s mount Duchy Of Savoy has been competing at a higher level since finishing runner-up in a 1000m Benchmark 70 contest at Moonee Valley back in January with the mares most recent effort coming when tenth on a heavy 9 track in the Tokyo City Keiba Fireball Stakes over 1100m in early March.

Tasted first success when breaking his maiden in impressive fashion back in January but may find the consistent and race-fit Sugartown too good on this occasion.

Sugartown has placed at this level over course and distance on his last two starts with both of those coming on tracks rated heavy. The soft 5 track forecast here should prove no issue for the pick with the daughter of Shamus Award finishing runner-up over this trip on the ground at Cranbourne in May.

Tried to make all last time out and looks well placed to do similar in this contest having drawn the rail for trainer Danny O’Brien.

Mourant to double up

In Brisbane Doomben are set to stage a seven race card and with the defection of Moktaffy the Chris Waller-trained Otyrar is expected to start a short-priced favourite for the sixth race on the card, a 2060m Class 1 handicap contest.

Samantha Collett’s mount took a step forward when finishing a length second in this grade in a 1600m event at Eagle Farm earlier this month.

However the five-year-old is unproven at this distance and while he shapes as if it will prove no issue at the respective odds it can prove profitable to side with last time out winner Port Mourant.

Jimmy Byrne’s mount was belatedly getting off the mark at the eighth time of asking on that occasion and while he won by a narrow margin despite being sent off at cramped odds the selection has proven stamina having performed well at up to 2500m while the wet track here should prove no issue having won on a heavy 9 surface at Sunshine Coast last time.

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