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Australian Racing: Scallopini has Mr Brightside in sights

With no fewer than 17 meetings to get involved with including three Group races highlighted by the P.B. Lawrence Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield there’s plenty of racing for punters to get stuck into this Saturday.

Scallopini to take P.B. Lawrence

Mr Brightside had a productive time of it last campaign ending the season with a half-length victory in a 20 runner renewal of the Doncaster Mile on a heavy 9 track at Randwick at the start of April.

That success came on the back of a string of solid efforts in defeat at Flemington including when third over this trip in the Elms Handicap when racing first up.

Mr Brightside has regular pilot Craig Williams up and is one of a number of Group 1 winners in the field. Among those are Regal Power who ended last year with a pair of Ascot wins including in the Group 1 Kingston Town but who is likely to improve for the race and Streets Of Avalon who is likely to have improved for his first up effort over 1200m at Caulfield.

Preference here however is for Scallopini has placed second on two of his three starts this spell including when narrowly beaten in the Group 3 Bletchingly over 1200m at Caulfield on 23rd July.

The extra distance here is no issue and while the eight-year-old has a good record on wet tracks the return to the forecast good going is no issue with a barrier draw in 7 likely to allow him to slot in behind the early pace.

Spacewalk to return with victory

Three-year-old sprinters take centre stage in the Smithfield RSL Rosebud over 1100m at Rosehill with the race set to take place as the eighth race on a ten race card.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team are represented here by Kibou who proved a disappointment when down the field over 1000m at Randwick on debut last October.

Made no mistake in two starts this time around however following up a heavy 9 maiden win over 1100m at Warwick Farm with a length triumph in the 1400m ATC Bookmakers Recognition Handicap at this venue.

Drawn in two here however is Spacewalk and the James Cummings-trained colt is the selection to double his career tally having got off the mark dropping in grade in winning a maiden over this trip on a heavy 9 track at Canterbury back in March.

Followed that effort up with a good third in the Group 3 Widden Kindergarten Stakes over this trip on a heavy 9 track at Randwick and is taken to provide jockey James McDonald with a winner in this contest.

Winside for Eagle Farm triumph

Top weight Legal Esprit is sure to have his supporters ahead of the seventh race on the Eagle Farm card, a 1200m Class 6 event.

Adin Thompson was in the saddle when the four-year-old was successful when racing first up in a 1050m contest on a heavy 8 track at Doomben last month.

Has shown a liking for this track in the past and should have no issues with his barrier draw assuming he is held up for a run as at Doomben.

However backers may well find that Larry Cassidy’s mount Winside has too much for Donald Baker’s charge with the mare having placed on five of her six starts since dead-heating for first in a Benchmark 72 contest over 1100m at Toowoomba in early March.

The daughter of Sidestep performed well over 1000m at this level when one-and-a-half-lengths second on a good 4 track here and she looks capable of delivering a victory here with her only previous outing at this distance coming when jumping at big odds for the Magic Millions Bright Shadow over this track and trip in May.

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