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Australian Racing: Alamira chasing Sunshine Coast success

There’s five meetings set to take place on Friday including at Pakenham in Victoria.

Race 6 Pakenham Synthetic 

Redzoust @ 4.40

Race 7 Sunshine Coast 

Alamira @ 4.20

Race 5 Wagga 

Mooshaka @ 3.40

Redzoust to defy top weight 

The sixth race on Pakenham’s eight-race card is an interesting 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap. Eye Of The Eagle had been in good form this spell prior to a below-par ninth over this trip at Flemington on 13th May. 

The three-year-old is expected to have his supporters as he bids to register a second victory at this venue having broken his maiden over 1200m on turf here at the start of March. 

Trained by John McArdle the gelding has placed twice at Sandown Hillside since including when beaten a length into third in a 1400m handicap there on his penultimate start. 

Jamie Mott’s mount has an easier alley here but fellow three-year-old REDZOUST is preferred on this occasion. 

The selection showed good form last year winning twice from three starts following an impressive victory in a maiden plate over 1100m at Ballarat Synthetic in September. 

The Tony & Calvi McEvoy-trained colt ended that spell with a narrow win over 1200m in a Benchmark 64 affair at Moonee Valley in November. 

While unable to challenge in two starts this time around it’s of note that the first of those came in a Listed event at Morphettville while he faded tamely over 1200m at Flemington subsequently. 

This looks an easier contest and upped in trip and with a good alley the Zoustar colt is selected to record a fourth career success down in grade.

Alamira for Sunshine Coast glory 

The penultimate race on the Sunshine Coast card is a 1200m Benchmark 65 handicap for fillies and mares. A good 4 surface is forecast with ALAMIRA set to carry joint-top weight for the Annabel Neasham team. 

The three-year-old recorded her second career success when winning a Class 2 event over 1100m at Ipswich when racing first up this spell. 

The daughter of Pride Of Dubai proved a disappointment however as she could finish only fifth having jumped at odds of 2.50 for a 1200m Benchmark 58 event at this venue in April. 

A return to Ipswich saw the filly deliver a third-place finish over 1200m on a good 4 track having been forced to race and without cover. 

The filly has won over this course and distance before when breaking her maiden in October and she is selected to register a victory with Ryan Maloney in the saddle.

Mooshaka for Wagga success 

Okami Miss is expected to have her supporters ahead of the fifth at Wagga. The race concerned is a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap with a soft 5 track expected. 

The three-year-old ended last year with a couple of heavy defeats including when last of nine over 1350m at Wyong in November. 

However, she returned with a promising close second when contesting a 1000m Class 1 event at Albury last month. 

MOOSHAKA looks a tough opponent here with the filly taken to deliver her fourth career success. The pick has shown a liking for this venue in the past including when placing third twice over this course and distance in March. 

An impressive victory in a Class 2 handicap at Canberra switched to a wet track followed and while a held sixth over the same track and trip subsequently that effort did come at Benchmark 70 level. 

Coriah Keatings takes the ride here and down markedly in grade looks capable of saluting from an inside alley.

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