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Australian Racing: Eagle Farm the highlight of big weekend

We’ve a big weekend of racing with no fewer than 13 meetings for punters to get stuck into including Caulfield, Eagle Farm, Morphetville and Randwick with the featuring being the Group 1 Tattersalls Tiara over 1400m at Eagle Farm.

Kiku for Tiara triumph

A full field heads to post in the Eagle Farm highlight with the market currently headed by Annavisto who finished runner-up in the Sydney’s Queen Of The Turf over 1600m on a heavy 10 track at Randwick when last in action. She should find today’s underfoot conditions (good 4) more to her liking while the shorter distance is no issue.

However preference on this occasion is for KIKU who showed a liking for this venue when finishing strongly to take the Magic Millions National Classic over 1600m here earlier this month. Big race hoop Tommy Berry has spoken positively about the four-year-old’s chances in the lead up to the race and with the likes of Snapdancer, Annavisto and Vangelic all likely to want to go forward the race could be set up for a closer with Kiku taken to complete a double now she’s regained the winning thread.

Bonny for Cup glory

Esti Feny looks likely to jump as favourite in the first of the Group races on the Eagle Farm card, the 2400m Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup and he looks to hold strong claims of registering a first victory since his import from Hungary. Kept away from soft surfaces to date any pre-race rain and thus softening of the ground would be a negative for Jason Collett’s mount.

Chief among the opposition is BONNY EZRA who looks up to registering a second victory of this spell having taken a lower grade event over 2200m at Scone last month. Runner-up on both subsequent starts he had today’s rival Alakahan back in third when beaten by a narrow margin in the Furphy Winter Cup over this trip at Rosehill earlier this month.

Baller to take Healy

The concluding race at Eagle Farm is the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes over 1200m. A number of trainer’s head into this with multiple chances including Tony Gollan who saddles three here with Baller (Hugh Bowman), Garibaldi (Ben Thompson) and Mass Destruction (Stephanie Thornton) all representing the trainer.

While Gollan undoubtedly boasts a strong hand similar comments apply to Peter and Paul Snowden who send RANGES (Ryan Maloney) and King Of Sparta (Tommy Berry). While King Of Sparta looks likely to start favourite preference here is for his stablemate who had a number of today’s rivals behind him when taking a course and distance event earlier this month.

Ranges is a consistent sort finishing in the first three in 24 of his 33 starts to date and while he’s yet to score in Group company that latest success was a career best effort and with the forecast going no issue he is taken to deliver a second win in as many starts at this venue.

Unicorn to double up

Over at Randwick the fourth race on the card is a highly competitive looking 1300m event with Bryce Heys’ Po Kare Kare likely to have plenty of supporters coming into this on the back of a second up win in a 1200m contest at Gosford earlier this month.

Among his rivals here is the Star Witness gelding DEHORNED UNICORN who was a dual winner last spell including over 1200m in a Benchmark 64 contest at Gosford in November. Has made three starts this time around and appeared to appreciate the drop back in grade when delivering a victory in a 1200m contest at Warwick Farm on 13th June.

Notably that was the first time today’s rider Sam Clipperton had ridden the gelding and with the prevailing soft 6 underfoot conditions no issue the pair are expected to double

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