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Australian Racing: Lacerate out to break maiden

There’s seven meetings to get involved with this Sunday including a metropolitan fixture at Devenport Synthetic.

Lacerate to break maiden

In the third at Devenport Synthetic, a 1350m maiden plate the four-year-old Geegeeslockdown is sure to have his supporters following a solid fifth place finish in a 1430m maiden on a soft 6 track at Hobart when racing first up.

Showed that he appreciates this surface when fifth over the track and trip in December when making his debut and while kept to turf and upped in trip since the switch away from turf for this contest should prove no issue.

Preference however is for course regular Lacerate who has finished in the first four on five of his last six starts with all of those coming at this venue including when runner-up in a 1009m maiden event here two weeks ago.

While prone to finding at least one too good Rowan Hamer’s charge is well drawn here and gets a step up in distance and with that in mind the four-year-old is taken to register a first victory at the 15th time of asking.

Sanstoc for Wyong success

The defection of Sebring’s Rose has left a field of seven for the third race on the Wyong card, a Benchmark 68 contest over 1600m with Eye ‘N’ Ruby expected to jump as favourite following a couple of good efforts in lower grade contests.

The daughter of Ben Hoffa followed up a Benchmark 58 win over 1400m at Bathurst with a runner-up finish in a six runner Benchmark 64 affair on a good 4 track at Hawkesbury earlier this month.

Tyler Schiller, on board for both of those victories retains the ride but she may prove vulnerable to the less exposed Sanstoc.

A maiden winner on a soft 5 track over 1500m at Kembla Grange on his second career start in February the four-year-old was stepped up markedly in grade to contest the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes over the same distance at Rosehill subsequently.

Mark Newnham’s charge found the step up too much trailing in last of seven and while the selection could finish only eighth over 1300m in a Benchmark 64 contest over 1300m at Newcastle when racing first up this spell that trip looked to be on the short side and upped to 1600m Tom Sherry’s mount is taken to resume winning ways.

Horowitz to return to form

The sixth race on the Sunshine Coast card looks to be a competitive affair with Funny Money expected to jump as favourite for trainer Stuart Kendrick in the 1000m Benchmark 58 contest.

The four-year-old has been given a spell since finishing fifth in a course and distance Benchmark 65 event on a soft 5 track at the end of March.

Showed little when racing first up last spell and while the Capitalist mare has a good record on a sound surface Horowitz is preferred on his first start since joining trainer Renita Beaton.

The pick hasn’t been at his best in two starts this spell but notably Horowitz often improves for his first up effort and the second of those starts came on a track that he likely found too soft.

Returning to a good track for the first time since delivering a second in a Benchmark 65 contest over 1100m at Ipswich in October last year the six-year-old is taken to provide claiming rider Jai Williams with a winner.

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