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Australian Racing: Aero to fly in at Dubbo

There are just two meetings to follow on Monday, with the action taking place at Dubbo and Pakenham.

Race 5 Dubbo
Aero Nautica @ 6.50

Race 7 Dubbo
Pliskova @ 3.00

Race 1 Pakenham
Allocate @ 3.80

Aero ready for maiden success

The fifth race on the Dubbo card takes the eye with a field of 16 declared for the 1400m maiden handicap contest.

The race is set to take place on a soft 7 turf surface, with A Boy Named Soo expected to have his supporters following a second-place finish last time out.

That second place finish was a marked improvement on his three previous efforts this time around and demonstrated that his first win might not be far away.

That effort came on a good 4 track at Bathurst and it’s notable that he tackles a wet track here with the gelding's best form having come on a sound surface.

A wide barrier is a further issue here, with 13 likely to pose problems for jockey Andrew Banks.

With that in mind, preference is for AERO NAUTICA who showed that he handles soft going when runner-up over 1400m at Bathurst on his penultimate start.

The 6.50 selection jumped at $31 on that occasion, but kept on the wet track to be beaten just over a length into second under appreciate rider Chelsea Ings.

The gelding failed to shine back on a sound surface over the same distance at Bathurst subsequently, but he is well drawn here and is taken to record his first victory.

Pliskova expected to double up

The New Zealand-bred PLISKOVA takes the eye in the seventh race on the Dubbo card, with the gelding expected to be towards the head of the market for the 1100m Class 1 handicap.

The 3.00 pick has shown good form in his three starts to date including when breaking his maiden by a head in a 1000m contest at Muswellbrook in September last year.

That success came on a soft surface, having previously been beaten into second on a heavy track over the same distance at Tamworth the previous month.

The slight step up in distance looks likely to suit the gelding, while he should be fit for this contest having delivered a victory by over a length in a 1000m barrier trial at Muswellbrook just over three weeks ago.

Pakenham win awaits Allocate

Over at Pakenham Joon Ho showed a liking for the synthetic track when placing third over 1000m at the venue when making his debut earlier this month.

The gelding is expected to prove popular in the opening race on the card as a result, with Jake Noonan’s mount one of 18 declared for the 1200m maiden.

The three-year-old shaped as if he would improve for the experience and the step up in distance when beaten just over a length that day, however, the more experienced ALLOCATE is the pick here.

Trained by Shane Fliedner the son of Overshare has placed on two of his three starts to date, most recently when beaten less than a length into second in a 975m maiden at Swan Hill.

While that effort came on a soft 7 track, his previous placed effort came when runner-up on a good 4 surface when debuting over 1000m at Bendigo in February.

The 3.80 selection wore blinkers for the first time at Swan Hill and they appeared to help and are retained for this contest.

Racing second up here he has a fair barrier in eight and, with Luke Nolen booked to ride, is selected to break his maiden at the fourth attempt.

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