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Australian Racing: All Black looks alright at Pakenham

There are four meetings set to take place on Monday, with cards in New South Wales from Muswellbrook and Corowa amongst them.

Race 1 Pakenham Synthetic
All Black @ 4.80

Race 8 Muswellbrook
Seahaven @ 2.60

Race 2 Corowa
Improper @ 5.00

All Black ready to break maiden

The opening contest on the Pakenham Synthetic card is an interesting 1200m maiden contest for three-year-olds.

Trainer Greg Eurell is well represented in the race with no fewer than four runners in the 15-horse field, including two well-fancied debutants in Disselation and Tycoon Jenny.

Both have been in action at jump outs at Cranbourne, however, their lack of official race experience is expected to count against them here and the more experienced ALL BLACK is preferred here.

Trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr, the gelding attempted to make all prior to finishing two lengths second in a 1200m maiden on a good 4 track at Donald on debut in July last year.

Absent for over 11 months following that effort, he returned with a solid length third having raced from mid-division over the same track and trip on a soft 6 surface last month.

The 4.80 pick raced keenly at times when wearing blinkers for the first time last time out, but is likely to settle better here.

A wide alley is a negative in this event, however he has shown a decent level of ability in his starts to date and is taken to salute under Beau Mertens.

Seahaven backed for first up success

The finale at Muswellbrook is a 1450m Class 3 handicap contest.

The race is set to take place on a soft 6 track with the Paul Messara-trained SEAHAVEN looking capable of delivering a first up victory.

Trainer Messara boasts an impressive 51% strike-rate (18/35) here this season and has his string in great form at present, with four winners from his 13 runners in the last 30 days.

Seahaven has shown a liking for this venue in the past, including when delivering a narrow victory over this course and distance in a Class 1 handicap in November.

That triumph came when racing first up and he followed up two subsequent placed efforts with a half-length success in a 1500m Benchmark 66 event here in early January.

While untested on a soft 6 track, the son of Mikki Isle acquitted himself well when fifth on a heavy 8 track at Scone on debut, while he broke his maiden on a soft 5 surface on his next start.

The 2.60 four-year-old will jump from next to the rail and, having participated in three barrier trials in recent weeks - including here on June 22nd - he is taken to resume with a victory under Aaron Bullock.

Nothing Improper about Corowa chances

I’m Not Leaving has registered some good efforts in defeat this spell and is expected to prove popular ahead of the second at Corowa.

The four-year-old was beaten just half-a-length when runner-up in a 1200m Benchmark 58 event at Moruya June 30th.

The gelding tackles a Class 3 handicap over the same trip here, but looks vulnerable, with preference for 5.00 IMPROPER, who caught the eye when third over 1400m at Wodonga on her penultimate start.

That Wodonga effort came on a soft 7 track and she tackles similar conditions here, having finished in mid-division when sixth over this trip when racing in a Benchmark 58 event at Narrandera last time.

Trained by Donna Scott, the mare had a wide alley to overcome at Narandera, but the barrier draw has been far kinder here and she is likely to have the race run to suit.

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