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Australian Racing: Mileva targets first up success

There’s plenty of action to get stuck into this weekend including Group races from Caulfield and Belmont Park on Saturday.

Mileva for Monash success

The Peter Moody-trained Oxley Road is expected to jump as favourite for the 1100m Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield and he looks to hold strong claims given his impressive record at the venue.

The entire hasn’t been seen since finishing last of 17 in the Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington in March and while he he had performed well off a low weight in the Oakleigh Plate over this track and trip prior to that he may find Mileva too good on this occasion.

The winner of six of her 14 starts Mileva was a first up winner when scoring over this track and trip last October and while she is another who has been absent since March she has won first up on three of her four opportunities to date finishing runner-up in the other while the Headwater filly is a three time winner from five attempts at the distance.

Should be able to sit behind the pace early on here and Daniel Moor is taken to partner the four-year-old to victory for trainer Phillip Stokes.

Narrated for victory upped in grade

A liking for wet surfaces looks to be crucial at Doomben and with that in mind the feature Pam O’Neill Stakes can go the way of Narrated.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained mare has shown good form on heavy going at a low level this spell including when winning by two lengths in a Benchmark 72 event over 1550m at Canterbury last month.

Had previously suffered a narrow defeat in a Benchmark 78 race at Randwick and while the daughter of Snitzel is stepping up in grade she is taken to spring a surprise in a race that sees Charmmebaby drop in grade following an eighth in the Tattersalls Tiara at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago.

Sweet to make all

At Caulfield the fourth race on a ten race card, a Benchmark 78 event over 2000m looks to be a highly competitive affair with Tinnie Winne one of the top chances having won four times since making her debut at Newcastle in January.

Chris Waller’s filly had been bidding to complete a four-timer when fourth at this level at Rosehill last month and while the daughter of So You Think looks up to delivering another big effort she may have to settle for minor honours with preference here for Nothinsweetaboutme.

Tim Clark’s mount has won two of her three starts this spell including at this level in an 1800m event on a soft 5 track at Randwick last month.

Raced in second that day prior to going on to win by a narrow margin and while similar tactics are possible here she looks likely to be able to grab an easy lead early on from her inside draw.

The daughter of So You Think boasts an impressive three wins from four starts here and looks ready for this step up in distance.

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