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Australian Racing: Flower Moon out for five in a row

We’ve metropolitan meetings from Canterbury, Ipswich and Belmont Park to get involved in this Wednesday plus a provincial fixture at Morphetville Parks and country racing from Cranbourne.

Moon to continue winning run

Green Flash is sure to have his supporters ahead of the concluding race on the Canterbury card, a  1550m Benchmark 72 contest.

Chris Waller’s charge has drawn the rail here following two placed efforts with the most recent of those coming in a 1580m contest at this level here earlier this month.

Usually ridden from off the pace jockey James McDonald knows the five-year-old well but Flower Moon, the mount of Jason Collett may have too much for the Redoute’s Choice gelding.

Unbeaten in four starts on the forecast heavy ground Flower Moon registered a third win in four starts this spell when scoring by half-a-length at this level in a 1400m contest at Warwick Farm last month.

Made all on that occasion and while a barrier draw in 12 isn’t ideal with regards to front-running tactics it’s notable that she raced in third prior to taking a Class 1 at Goulburn back in May and the daughter of Shalaa is selected to register a fifth heavy track win in as many starts for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace training partnership.

Armistice to score for Collett

Island Magic looks to hold strong claims on form of taking out the third race on the Ipswich card, an 1100m maiden set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Tony Gollan’s charge placed on his first two starts this spell including when third in a 1200m event on a soft 7 track at Doomben on his penultimate outing.

Failed to make much of an impact when meeting trouble in running having raced from off the pace from a wide barrier draw in finishing fourth over 1000m at Sunshine Coast at the end of last month.

 Has a similar wide draw to overcome here and with that in mind preference is for Our Armistice.

The four-year-old filly shaped well when racing from off the pace in delivering a third place finish in a 1000m maiden at Eagle Farm earlier this month.

Extra distance here is no issue having performed with credit when fourth over 1200m at Doomben on her penultimate start and with Samantha Collett, on board last time out up Our Armistice can help her rider improve on an 18% strike-rate (24/133) at this venue in the last year.

Khon for Belmont Park glory

Zero Consequence is expected to jump as favourite ahead of the sixth race on the Belmont Park card, a 1650m Class 3 handicap.

The Adam Durrant-trained gelding finished down the field over 1300m here when racing first up but took a big step forward upped to 1600m when winning by a narrow margin at Northam just over two weeks ago.

Followed that up with a solid third over the same trip at this venue but the concession of weight to Mong Khon may prove too much for Holly Watson’s mount.

Mong Khon has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past including when runner-up in a Class 1 event over this course and distance on a soft 5 surface in July.

Encountered heavy going on both subsequent starts following up a win over 1500m at Pinjarra with a close up fourth in a Class 3 contest over 1600m at the same venue earlier this month.

Jason Pateman’s charge is a consistent sort and having drawn the rail here has plenty of options tactics wise and while the six-year-old has raced behind the pace in recent starts with no obvious speed in the race he may make all the running.

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