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Australian Racing: All Brave commands respect

There’s five meetings set to take place on Thursday including at Gosford where a soft 5 track is expected.

Race 5 Gosford 

Gorgeous Zara @ 2.90

Race 5 Corowa 

Diamond Carat @ 7.00

Race 6 Pinjarra 

All Brave @ 12.00

Zara for staying success 

The fifth race at Gosford sees the stayers do battle over 2600m in a Benchmark 64 handicap contest. 

GORGEOUS ZARA for the John O’Shea stable is expected to jump as favourite having shown up well over shorter since debuting with a third over 1400m at Kembla Grange in February. 

The three-year-old broke her maiden when tackling an 1850m event on a good 4 track at Newcastle early last month and followed up with a close second in a 2100m contest at Hawkesbury. 

That Hawkesbury effort saw her race at this Benchmark 64 level stepped up to 2100m for the first time. The filly finished strongly on that occasion having been ridden from off the pace and was arguably unlucky not to have delivered her second victory that day. 

The blinkers worn that day are removed here and while the step up in trip looks likely to suit, and with further improvement expected, she is expected to prove hard to beat under Tyler Schiller.

Carat for Corowa victory 

Apprentice Holly Durnan has been in great form of late, boasting a 40% strike-rate (8/20) in the last 30 days, and she partners the well-fancied Nic’s Hero in the fifth at Corowa. 

The race in question is a 400m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a soft 6 surface. The five-year-old has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past including on his last two starts, with the most recent coming when third over 1200m on heavy 8 going at Nowra on 21st May. 

The extra distance here should prove no issue, however barrier 11 may prove more troublesome despite the gelding’s general hold-up running style. With that in mind, DIAMOND CARAT is preferred in this event. 

Trained by Michael Travers, the four-year-old delivered her first-placed effort this spell when racing from the front prior to finishing a neck third in a Class 2 handicap at Albury last month. 

The daughter of Deep Field jumped at big odds and is a versatile sort with regards to tactics having also been ridden from off the pace in the recent past. 

Those efforts when ridden with restraint include a fourth-place finish in a Class 3 handicap over 1175m at the same venue on her penultimate outing. 

Both of the pick's previous victories have come on wet tracks over this distance and she is taken to deliver her first victory since October.

Brave to stay unbeaten 

The penultimate race on Pinjarra’s seven-race card is an eye-catching Class 1 1200m handicap event. A heavy 9 surface is expected with Albright expected to jump as favourite following two good efforts in her first spell racing. 

The second of those saw the filly break her maiden by a neck when finishing strongly having been ridden from the rear of mid-division in a 1400m maiden at Belmont Park in early January. 

The daughter Dundeel is untested on a wet track however and looks opposable in this event. 

While similar comments going wise are also relevant to the once-raced ALL BRAVE, it’s of note that he is likely to jump at much bigger odds. 

The gelding made the perfect start to his racing career when winning by a neck in a 1200m maiden plate on a good 3 track at Kalgoorlie on 28th May. 

Trainers Daniel & Ben Pearce boast an impressive 23% strike-rate (7/30) at this track this season and their representative is taken to help them improve on that with victory here.

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