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Australian Racing: Alpine Affair can climb new heights

There’s eight meetings for punters to get involved with on Sunday including a 10-race card at Sunshine Coast.

Race 9 Sunshine Coast

Goblin’ De Quo @ 3.50

Race 5 Devonport 

Alpine Affair @ 4.20

Race 7 Sale 

I Could Do Better @ 3.50

Goblin’ for Sunshine success 

The most valuable race on the Sunshine Coast card is the penultimate contest, a 1000m $50,000 Class 3 handicap event. 

Tony Gollan’s Putontheredlight gets a drop to provincial level here and is expected to prove popular with punters following a number of good efforts in defeat this spell. 

The four-year-old has been beaten a length at Doomben on each of his last two starts including in a Class 3 event over 1050m at the start of this month. 

That effort came on a soft 6 track but it’s of note that the fillies only previous victory came on a sound surface. 

However the daughter of Star Witness has won just once from 17 starts and is again likely to find at least one too good. 

GOBLIN' DE QUO is preferred on this occasion with the three-year-old getting in off a nice low weight in this contest. 

The Sooboog filly has won two of her three starts to date including by one-and-a-half-lengths when racing from the front in course and distance Class 1 three starts back. 

That form looks solid enough with the runner-up Mishani Sniper winning three of his four subsequent starts. 

The selection has since gone on to register placed efforts in a couple of handicap contests over 1050m at Doomben including when one-and-a-half-lengths third there just over two weeks ago. 

Jockey Dale Smith, on board for the previously mentioned victory here returns to the saddle and with an inside barrier can steer the pick to a third win in six career starts.

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Affair to deliver Devonport victory 

ALPINE AFFAIR boasts a strong record at Devonport Synthetic and looks capable of delivering a victory in the fifth race on the card, an 1880m Benchmark 68 handicap. 

The four-year-old hasn’t been in action at this venue since winning by half-a-length in an 1150m Benchmark 64 event back in January. 

Trainer John Blacker has stretched his gelding out in trip since then including when winning at Benchmark 62 level over 1400m at Hobart three starts back. 

The step up to Benchmark 76 level combined with the 1600m distance didn’t appear to pose too many issues when runner-up in a small field contest back at Hobart last time out. 

The winner of three of his four previous starts at this track Daniel Ganderton’s mount shouldn’t have too many issues with barrier eight here and is taken to register a victory stepping up in distance.

Better to double up 

The penultimate race on the card at Sale is an interesting 2219m Benchmark 58 event. 

A soft 7 surface is forecast with Whisky Mac expected to jump as favourite following a third at this level at Kyneton earlier this month. 

That effort came on 1887m and while he has acquitted himself well over 2100m when runner-up in a maiden three starts back this will be his first attempt at this distance. 

I Could Do Better is preferred on this occasion following a victory when racing at Benchmark 64 level in a 2200m contest at Bairnsdale last month. 

The seven-year-old gelding had Bell’s Bighouse who re-opposes here back in second on that occasion and the selection should be fine on the softer track having encountered a good 4 surface that day. 

Trained by Julie Crosbie I Could Do Better was making his first start over 2200m since November 2020 in that Bairnsdale contest and having been freshened since is selected to complete a double.

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