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Australian Racing: Abuse Of Power to rule at Hawkesbury

There are three meetings scheduled for Tuesday, including at Hawkesbury where an eight-race card is scheduled, while action also takes place at Mackay and Kyneton.

Race 5 Hawkesbury

Abuse Of Power @ 4.80

Race 6 Mackay

Bring Me Flowers @ 3.80

Race 8 Kyneton

Capulet @ 2.80

Power goes for Hawkesbury glory

The fifth race at Hawkesbury is a competitive looking 1300m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 surface.

The booking of Sam Clipperton for Wolves takes the eye, with the likely favourite having taken a marked step forward when runner-up at Moonee Valley last time.

The five-year-old lost out by less than a length when contesting a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1200m on a good 4 track on that occasion.

The softer going expected here is unlikely to pose any issues having shown solid form when trialling on a wet track at Gosford last month.

ABUSE OF POWER is the pick here, however, with the gelding a winner earlier this season when successful by half-a-length in a 1400m Kembla Grange maiden.

Notably that success came on a wet track with the heavy 10 underfoot conditions appearing to suit with the gelding winning by half-a-length.

While the 4.80 selection failed to shine over the same track and trip twice subsequently he appeared to appreciate the drop to this distance when runner-up here last time.

The son of Flying Artie lost out by less than half-a-length when runner-up in a similar race to this when racing on a good 4 track on that occasion.

John Sharah’s representative jumped at odds of $17 that day and with Zac Lloyd taking over in the saddle he looks capable of saluting from an inside alley.

Flowers to bloom at Mackay

The sixth race of the day at Mackay is a 1200m Benchmark 70 handicap contest.

A good 4 surface is expected, with the top weight Thisland Is Myland expected to prove popular following a win over 1050m at Rockhampton earlier this month.

The five-year-old came home two lengths clear of his seven rivals when racing on the speed on a soft 5 track on that occasion.

Prior to that the gelding had recorded two close-up efforts in defeat at the same venue and, while expected to go well, the mare BRING ME FLOWERS is the selection here.

Trained by Lindsay Hatch, the pick started this season with a second of 16 in a Benchmark 70 handicap held over 1400m at Townsville in August.

Two below-par efforts followed subsequently with the selection spelled following a sixth at Home Hill at the end of August.

The daughter of Sebring has returned to excellent form, however, delivering a first up success when victorious by over a length in a 1000m benchmark 65 handicap.

The 3.80 selection raced on a soft 5 track at Bowen that day, but confirmed a sound surface is no issue when winning over 1300m on a good 4 track here subsequently.

Justin P Stanley, on board last time out, is again in the saddle and he looks capable of steering the mare to victory.

Capulet to triumph at Kyneton

The finale at Kyneton can go the way of the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained CAPULET, who is set to contest the 1454m Benchmark 58 handicap with Luke Cartwright in the saddle.

A good 4 surface is expected, with the selection arriving here in good form after finishing in the top three on all three starts since resuming with a sixth at Moonee Valley.

The 2.80 pick won by a narrow margin over 1330m in a Geelong Benchmark 58 handicap on a good 4 track three starts back.

The three-year-old arrives here on the back of a length second in a 13-runner 1500m Benchmark 58 handicap at Bendigo on 27th February.

The form of that contest has been boosted since, with fourth home Tolpuddle winning a metro event at Caulfield Heath last week.

The selection is due to jump from barrier five here and she looks capable of recording the third win of her career.

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