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Australian Racing: Goliotus to edge out Feurmond

With metropolitan meetings at Sandown Lakeside, Warwick Farm, Ipswich and Belmont Park plus a Murray Bridge provincial fixture there’s plenty of action for punters this Wednesday.

Goliotus for Sandown success

Feurmond and Goliotus dominate the market ahead of the sixth race at Sandown Lakeside, a competitive looking 2400m Benchmark 70 contest.

Feurmont demonstrated that he can perform well at this distance when deliver a close up second on the Hillside course here on his first appearance at the trip earlier this month.

That effort came on a soft 5 track and while the six-year-old has top jockey Jamie Kah up once more it’s notable that he could finish on seventh on his only previous start on heavy going and that added to a wide draw here make him opposable.

Preference is for Goliotus, an inmate of Ricky Bruhn who boasts an impressive record on the forecast heavy going having won half of his six starts on the surface and placed in the other two.

Has been in good form this spell finishing in the first four on four of his five starts prior to breaking through for a comfortable victory when making all the running in a Benchmark 64 contest on a heavy 8 track at Bendigo last week.

That effort marked the geldings first over this distance and with jockey Damien Thornton, on board for that Bendigo triumph up he looks capable of recording career win number four.

King to rule at Warwick Farm

The fourth race on the Warwick Farm card is an intriguing nine runner 1600m Benchmark 72 event.

Likely favourite Green Flash has delivered three solid second place finishes this spell including when contesting a 1550m Benchmark 72 contest at Canterbury two weeks ago.

James McDonald is booked to ride once more but he has a wide draw to overcome for handler Chris Waller and it may pay to side with Atlantic King, placed third in the previously mentioned Canterbury contest.

Matthew Dunn’s charge has shown good form at this distance in the past and impressed when making all the running to score by four lengths in a Benchmark 72 event over 1400m on a heavy 10 track at this venue on his penultimate outing.

The pick has form on faster surfaces too including when winning on a good 4 track at Randwick in November and with the main pace angle in here Zou de Moon having been ridden with more restraint in two starts this spell the son of More Than Ready is selected to get out and make all the running.

Snazz to defy top weight

Ned’s Gully has delivered two victories in four starts this spell and is expected to have his supporters ahead of the fifth race on the Ipswich card, a 1200m Class 2 handicap.

The son of Bel Esprit delivered a one-and-a-half-length triumph in an 1100m Class 1 event at Toowoomba on his penultimate outing and duly followed up with a length fifth in a 1050m Class 3 affair at Doomben recently.

Gets a drop in grade here and looks to hold strong claims of registering a third career success.

Top weight Snazz ‘N’ Charm is taken to get the better of Mark Du Plessis’ mount however having demonstrated good form at this level in recent times including when a length second in an 1110m Class 2 at Doomben on his penultimate outing.

Not beaten far when fourth over this course and distance in a similar event to this subsequently and is taken to provide jockey Brodie Loy with a winner.

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