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Australian Racing: Diamond hopes it is third time lucky

With just the four meetings in Australia on Tuesday we have provincial action on turf at Wyong and Rockhampton plus a country meet at Moree and a fixture on synthetics from Ballarat.

Tipped to score

The market for the fourth at Wyong is dominated by three horses with Verzenay likely to jump as favourite over the once-raced Separatist and twice-raced Diamond Tipped.

Verzenay took a step forward when racing second in a 1200m contest at Newcastle on his second start this spell and looks to hold strong claims in this event. Preference on this occasion however is for the last named of the trio who had just two starts last spell.

Followed up a fair sixth on a good 4 track at Gosford in January with a third place finish upped to this 1200m distance at Beaumont back in December. Change of tactics to racing close to the speed appeared to suit that day and Nathan Doyle’s charge advertised his well-being with a victory in a barrier trial here at the end of last month.

While it’s dangerous to place too much emphasis on the results and form of such contests the runner-up that day Global Encounter won last week and Ashley Morgan’s mount is selected to get off the mark at the third attempt.

Lola for Rockhampton success

Over at Rockhampton the market suggests the fifth race on the card, a 1050m Class 3 event is likely to be a shoot-out between Boom Boom Becker and Whoa Lola.

Clinton Taylor’s Boom Boom Becker failed to make an impact in three Benchmark 64 contests late last year including when tenth on a Good 3 track at Wangaratta in December.

This looks an easier event however and he comes into this event on the back of a win under his jockey here Justin Stanley in a barrier trial here earlier this month.

Preference however is for course regular Whoa Lola who has made seven of her nine starts at this venue including when winning a Benchmark 65 event on a good 4 track over this trip on her penultimate start.

Freshened up thereafter she proved a slight disappointment when only fifth in a similar event to this last month. 

Expected to sit just behind the pace under regular pilot Tahlia Fenlon and looks up to making amends with verdicts over a couple of her rivals here in Santorini Summer and Hinvictus already this year.

Ziavera to complete double

In the seventh race on the synthetic surface at Ballarat it’s hard to look passed likely favourite Ziavera for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team.

The five-year-old mare has returned to form dropping in grade and switched to the synthetic surface here this spell delivering a second place finish over this track and trip in May prior to a comfortable victory in a similar contest early last month.

Has two verdicts over here main rival here Ronay in recent times while Fashion Avenue, a synthetics debutant on her first start since February is another likely to attract the attention of punters here.

Ziavera has a good draw on the rail here however and she looks up to saluting with Linda Meech taking over in the saddle from John Allen.

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