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Australian Racing: Cummings charge poised to strike

There’s plenty of action to look at on Wednesday with metropolitan meetings from Sandown Hillside, Warwick Farm, Doomben and Belmont Park plus the feature Balaklava Cup at Balaklava’s provincial fixture. They also race at Narrendera.

Picarones for second up success

In the fifth race on the Sandown Hillside card, a 1300m Benchmark 70 contest the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Savonia is expected to jump as favourite.

The daughter of Shalaa broke her maiden over 1479 at Kyneton last spell and having finished a fair sixth in a Morphetville Group 3 in April she resumed with a comfortable success when well supportered for a 1212m Benchmark 64 event at Sale at the start of the month.

Made all the running from a good draw that day but will have to overcome barrier ten if she is to follow up.

Preference therefore is for the James Cummings-trained Picarones who ended her last spell with a creditable seventh when beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths in the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes over 1100m down the straight at Flemington in November.

Expected to have improved for her third at this level on a heavy 10 track over 1200m on the Lakeside track here when racing first up and with Damien Oliver retaining the ride she looks up to doubling her career tally.

Jedi to score at Warwick Farm

In the third race at Warwick Farm, a 2140m Benchmark 72 contest Father’s Day is likely to have his supporters having won each of his last two starts.

The first of those came in a 1600m maiden at Gosford last month while he found the step up to 2000m no issue when registering a half-length triumph in a Class 1 contest at Hawkesbury on earlier this month.

The good 4 track here should prove no issue having finished placed in a maiden on the likely going when racing first up this spell but Just A Jedi is preferred having shown good form at this level in the recent past.

Brenton Avdulla, who takes the ride here has been on board for all three previous starts this spell including when beaten less than half-a-length in a 1600m contest at this level on a soft 5 track at this venue at the end of last month.

While the five-year-old has yet to score at this venue it’s notable that he has placed on all our previous starts and having performed well over 2200m when runner-up here in February the extra distance is no issue with the return to the forecast sound surface another factor that shouldn’t inconvenience the pick.

Lane for Cup glory

The Balaklava Cup over 1600m is set to jump as the seventh race on the Balaklava card.

A soft 5 going is forecast for the event with Noname Lane taken to deliver a winning effort having won three of his six previous starts this spell.

The son of Shamus Award is a versatile type distance wise having won over 1550m in June and over 1600m in a Benchmark 80 event at Morphetville in June.

Trained by Will Clarken the gelding prepped for this race when returning from a short break to score in a 1050m Benchmark 82 contest at Morphetville earlier this month.

Todd Pannell takes the ride here and while the gelding often races close to the pace he was ridden from behind the speed last time out and employing similar tactics may be required here having drawn a wide barrier.

Jamie Kah’s mount Agreeable is respected following a seventh in the Leon Macdonald over 1400m at Morphetville Parks but it can fall to Noname Lane to record a win in the 2022 renewal of Balaklava’s big race.

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