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Australian Racing: Microna to star at Canterbury

There's five meetings set to take place on Wednesday with metropolitan action at Canterbury, Doomben and Belmont Park supplemented by country fixtures at Bendigo and Gawler.

Microna to score at Canterbury

Inuwashi is sure to have his supporters ahead of the fifth race at Canterbury, a 1900m Benchmark 72 event with Chris Waller's charge heading into this race the winner of two of his four starts this spell.

The most recent of those victories came when tackling this course and distance in a similar race to this on a heavy 8 track earlier this month.

Ridden from off the pace that day William Pike registered a three length success on the gelding who looked like he could be competitive at a higher level.

However preference is for Microna who has placed in six of his eight starts so far this spell.

The most recent of those efforts came when beaten two lengths in an 1800m Benchmark 72 contest on a heavy 9 track at Randwick earlier this month.

While the pick tried to make all that day the presence of confirmed front-runner Canasta here may scupper such tactics should connections wish to repeat them and in that regard it's of note that the son of Choistar has run well when ridden with more restraint, including when runner-up in a Benchmark 68 contest over 1600m at Gosford on his penultimate outing.

Tim Clark takes the ride for the first time and John Steinmetz's charge is selected to deliver a fifth career win and a first since last November with the wet track forecast here no issue.


Bay for Doomben success

The seventh race at Doomben is an interesting Benchmark 68 contest set for 1200m.

Platini has demonstrated good form in recent months including in four starts since teaming up with claimer Jasmine Cornish.

The six-year-old delivered a solid fourth place finish in a higher grade contest over this course and distance earlier this month while she is proven over further having won by a narrow margin in a 1350m contest on a good 4 track at Gold Coast four starts back.

While drawn wide Moreton Bay looks capable of getting the better of Platini having placed on both starts so far this spell.

The first of those came when half-a-length second in a Class 2 contest over this trip at Ipswich last month while the four-year-old followed that up with a two length third over the same trip in a Benchmark 65 event at Eagle Farm.

Tried to make all at Eagle Farm but had been ridden from behind the speed prior to that and is selected to register a third career win with hoop Angela Jones boasting a 21% strike-rate (7/33) in the last 12 months.


Rumour to break maiden

In the sixth at Belmont Park, a 1000m Class 1 contest the Luke Fernie-trained Here's Dreaming is expected to jump as favourite having won over course and distance in a maiden event on a soft 7 last time out.

Raced from off the pace that day as was the case when finishing fifth in a similar event over 1200m on a soft 5 surface when making his first start of 2022 the previous month.

Had shown a liking for this venue as a two-year-old when debuting with a third place finish over 1200m in June last year.

Following a promising debut Just A Rumour is selected to register a victory at the second time of asking however having gone down by a head when beaten by a more experienced rival over 1000m on debut here at the end of June.

Slowly away that day the Lucky Street gelding is likely to have improved for the experience and his subsequent absence should come as no surprise given he returned with lacerations following that effort.

Trevor Adams charge has drawn the rail here and looks capable of recording a victory at the second time of asking.

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