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Australian Racing: Adelsun ready to shine at Scone

There are six meetings set to take place on Friday, including a provincial fixture at Ipswich and cards from both Geelong and Scone.

Race 1 Geelong
African Pioneer @ 3.80

Race 4 Ipswich
Crazy Train @ 4.00

Race 2 Scone
Adelsun @ 6.00

Pioneer expected to break maiden

The opening race at Geelong is an interesting 1347m two-year-old maiden contest.

A heavy 8 track is expected for the race, with Masonry expected to prove popular for the Peter Moody stable following a third-place finish when debuting here June 16th.

That effort saw the colt come from off the pace in the 1235m contest racing in the style of a horse who would appreciate the extra distance he tackles here.

Billy Egan’s mount has a wide alley in nine to overcome here and drawn two inside him AFRICAN PIONEER is preferred in this contest.

African Pioneer is another to have raced just the once, with the colt placing second having jumped at odds of $31 when making his debut on a soft 6 track here earlier this month.

Trained by Matthew Cumani the 3.80 colt headed into that 1218m contest without any starts in barrier trials and he finished strongly, shaping as if he would show improvement for the experience.

That form looks strong enough with the winner Blazing Harry placing second in a metro handicap at Flemington subsequently while fourth home Simple Times was a winner on his only subsequent start.

John Allen is a positive jockey booking here and he is taken to steer the son of Lonhro to a first victory at the second time of asking.

Train to derail the field

The fourth race at Ipswich is a competitive looking Class 6 handicap set to take place over 1200m.

Orbisyn has a good barrier in five here following two seventh-place finishes this spell.

The most recent of those saw him beaten over four-and-a-half-lengths in an 1100m Class 6 handicap at this circuit two weeks ago.

The drop to provincial racing may not be enough to see him triumph, however, with CRAZY TRAIN arriving here in good form.

Ridden by Andrew Mallyon the daughter of Bull Point has won two of her four starts this time around, including by a head in a 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap at Doomben earlier this month.

The 4.00 five-year-old finished well having been settled in seventh in the early stages of the contest.

Any softening of the ground would not pose any issue with the mare having been touched off when runner-up on a heavy 10 surface at Ipswich on her penultimate outing.

Scone outing suits Adelsun

Trainer Cameron Crockett boasts an impressive 32% strike-rate (7/22) and a healthy level stakes profit at Scone this season and ADELSUN is one of three runners on the card for him.

The four-year-old filly is set to take her place in the line-up for the second race of the day a 1600m Benchmark 66 handicap contest.

The 6.00 pick placed at Wellington at the start of last month and, while she failed to make much of an impact on her next two starts, she was a winner at Tamworth earlier this month when last in action.

That victory came over 1400m in a Benchmark 58 handicap when delivering a strong finishing effort, having been ridden from off the pace on that occasion.

While the selection has an inside alley here, expect her to be ridden from off the pace when once more stepping back up to 1600m.

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