Racing preview (August 11): Oscietra odds-on as she returns to the track

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Updated: August 10, 2017

Oscietra, the first foal for Hall of Fame sprinter Black Caviar, will have her second career start in the third race at Geelong this afternoon. She’s had one start for a third at Flemington on New Year’s Day and was the subject of huge media and crowd interest, and is again sure to be the focus of attention today; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 18-1-33, +6.4 units

 

Oscietra, the first foal of champion Black Caviar, is favourite to claim her first win when she steps out for her second race start in a Geelong maiden. The three-year-old (pictured above) finished third in a 1000m race for two-year-old fillies at Flemington on debut in January before being given a spell by her co-trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. She runs in today’s Hanlon Industries Maiden Plate (1000m) on the Geelong synthetic track with Regan Bayliss to ride. By Exceed And Excel, Oscietra is the first of Black Caviar’s foals to race (more here).

Caulfield Cup runner-up Scottish has been ruled out of a second trip to Australia with a recurrence of a fetlock injury. The injury was discovered as he was being prepared for Sunday’s Arlington Million in Chicago and he will be out of action for the rest of the year. Trainer Charlie Appleby said he hoped to have him back for the 2018 Dubai carnival. Scottish had been earmarked for the Caulfield Stakes on October 14, the Cox Plate on October 28, and the Emirates Stakes on November 11 (more here).

Perth Racing track manager Chris Nation is confident Belmont Park can rebound from yesterday’s abandonment and host racing on Saturday. Nation and chief steward Brad Lewis called off the midweek meeting for safety reasons after finding two waterlogged sections in a pre-dawn inspection. Meanwhile, jockey Chris Parnham has been booked to take over on talented sprinter Dezzies Dream in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m) on Saturday. He replaces the suspended William Pike (more here).

 

Today’s racing: Canberra (ACT – synthetic), Tamworth (NSW – soft 7), Ipswich (Qld – good 4), Geelong (Vic – synthetic). Harness racing: Mildura (Vic), Wagga (NSW), Bankstown (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Albion Park (Qld), Port Pirie (SA), Gloucester Park (WA). Greyhound racing: Healesville (Vic), Mount Gambier (SA), Casino (NSW), The Gardens (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), Ipswich (Qld), Traralgon (Vic), Wagga (NSW), Geelong (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Mandurah (WA).

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Geelong R3 #8 Consider It Done (win)
Geelong R7 #3 Carraig Aonair (win)
Canberra R5 #7 Bella Amante (win x2)
Canberra R6 #4 Gentle Annie (win)
Ipswich R5 #5 Finnomony (win)

 

Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 0-1-6, -5.8 units

Bairnsdale R6 #2 Ayers Rock (win) LOSE (U/P)
Bairnsdale R9 #3 Kaaptive Hero (win) LOSE (2nd)
Kembla Grange R4 #10 Teodosio (win) LOSE (2nd)
Kembla Grange R5 #8 Coulthard (win) LOSE (U/P)
Taree R6 #6 Nissile (E/W) 2nd ($2.20)
Taree R7 #8 Roxette (win) LOSE (U/P)
Rockhampton R4 #6 Dam Wonderful (win) LOSE (2nd)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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