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Australian Racing: Alhambra Lad holds the Hobart edge

Hobart's ten-race card plays host to the most valuable race of the day on Sunday in the shape of the $300,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup.

Race 9 Hobart

Alhambra Lad @ 2.40

Race 5 Bendigo

Christmas @ 4.80

Race 7 Naracoorte

Clever Man @ 3.20

Lad looks for Hobart double

The previously mentioned Group 3 Hobart Cup comes up as the penultimate start on a ten-race card at the Tasmania venue.

A soft 5 track is expected, with Ashby Boy likely to have his supporters for the Glenn Stevenson stable.

The gelding has won Cup races in two of his last three starts including when coming from off the pace to score in the Devonport Cup over 1880m on the synthetic track at Devonport last month.

The five-year-old proved no match for ALHAMBRA LAD when the pair clashed in the 2200m Summer Cup here subsequently however and, with that in mind, Patrick Payne’s gelding is selected here.

The 2.40 selection had shown solid form in his last spell racing, including when runner-up in a 2500m contest at Flemington back in December.

The Proisir gelding ended last year with a good two-length second in a 2400m Benchmark 100 handicap at Caulfield in December and he is versatile type tactics wise.

The switch to Tasmanian saw Jye McNeil’s mount salute by three-and-a-half-lengths in the previously mentioned Summer Cup.

Successful on a good 4 track on that occasion, that form received a boost with the sixth and 12th home that day both delivering subsequent victories.

The pick has shown winning form on wet tracks in the past, including on heavy going and any softening of the ground from the current soft 5 would prove no issue for the six-year-old.

Christmas to celebrate at Bendigo

The fifth race on Bendigo’s card is a competitive looking 2200m Benchmark 64 handicap, with Haaland expected to jump as favourite to score for trainer Robert Hickmott.

The five-year-old broke his maiden on the synthetic track at Ballarat when contesting a 2100m maiden in June last year.

The gelding came home over two lengths clear of his nearest pursuer having raced close to the speed that day and he returned with a solid fifth when jumping at odds of $61 at Geelong on 6th January.

The son of Pentire contested a Benchmark 64 handicap over an inadequate 1700m that day and followed up with an improved effort when runner-up over 1800m at Sandown Hillside.

Mickaelle Michel, on board that day, is again in the saddle and, while the Frenchwoman looks to hold strong claims, it can pay to look elsewhere.

Top weight CHRISTMAS has been competing at a higher level in recent starts, including when returning from a spell with a third in a Benchmark 70 handicap at Moonee Valley in December.

The 4.80 selection raced over the Cox Plate trip of 2040m that day and followed it up with a two length third in a 2400m Benchmark 70 handicap at Geelong on 6th January.

Apprentice Ryan Houston was on board that day, with the pair finishing strongly in a race that has seen the fourth and fifth both register victories subsequently.

While the pick failed to shine when odds-on for a 2500m Benchmark 70 handicap at Morphettville, he can be forgiven that effort and is taken to return to form with a win here.

Cormorant goes for Cup success

It’s Cup Day at Naracoorte with the feature coming up as the seventh race on an eight-race card.

CLEVER MAN has been in good form so far in 2024, including when beaten a length into third in a 2070m handicap at Mount Gambier last month.

That contest has produced a couple of subsequent winners and the 3.20 pick again performed well when runner-up over 2050m in the Strathalbyn Cup earlier this month.

Jockey Jordyn Weatherley takes a valuable three kilograms off the seven-year-old’s back and the Dundeel gelding looks capable of saluting in the feature.

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