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Australian Racing: Alpine Affair holds Hobart hope

There’s nine meetings set to take place on Sunday including an eight race card on a heavy 8 surface at Ballarat in Victoria.

Race 1 Ballarat 

Hokusai @ 6.50

Race 3 Sunshine Coast 

Octavio @ 6.50

Race 6 Hobart 

Alpine Affair @ 5.00

Hokusai to score at Ballarat

The opener at Ballarat is an interesting 1100m maiden contest for juvenile fillies. While a number of the field are making their debut HOKUSAI is taken to make her experience count by getting off the mark at the second time of asking. 

The daughter of Brave Smash headed into her debut effort over 1000m at Canberra at the end of December on the back of two placed efforts in barrier trial contests. 

The second of those saw the filly finish less than a length behind the winner in a 740m contest on a good 4 track at Randwick in December. 

Spelled following that Canberra effort the pick has two barrier trial fourths to her name so far this year including over 1050m at Randwick on 18th April.

While unproven on the heavy 8 going forecast here she sets the standard on form and she looks capable of defying a wide alley to provide jockey Jordan Childs with a winner.

Octavio to break maiden 

The third race at Sunshine Coast is an interesting maiden contest. The 2200m event is set to take place on a good 4 track with The Khan expected to have his supporters having placed on four of his five starts this spell. 

The most recent of those came when beaten half-a-length into second over 2150m at Toowoomba just over a week ago. 

That Toowoomba effort marked the five-year-old’s first start over middle distances since December and while he brings good form into this he looks opposable given he has failed to score in 16 previous starts. 

The twice-raced OCTAVIO is preferred with Chris Waller’s inmate showing a good level of ability in his two outings to date. 

The three-year-old was well prepared for his debut having appeared in four barrier trials and he delivered a solid third place over 1400m on a soft 5 track at Beaudesert on his first outing. 

A step up to 1625m followed with the gelding keeping on nicely in behind to be beaten five-and-a-half-lengths in a maiden held on a good 4 track at Toowoomba earlier this month. 

While not bred for this trip Ryan Maloney’s mount shapes as if he will appreciate the distance and is worth siding with from the inside barrier.

Affair for Hobart success 

John Blacker’s ALPINE AFFAIR has been in good form at Hobart in recent times winning once and placing three times from his last four starts at the Tasmanian venue. 

The four-year-old looks capable of delivering a victory in the sixth race on the Hobart card, a 1430m Benchmark 76 contest. 

A soft 5 track should prove no issue with the gelding having finished runner-up over 1600m at this level when racing here three starts back. 

Two placed efforts have followed including when beaten half-a-length in a 1600m Benchmark 76 event here two weeks ago. 

Sigrid Carr takes the ride on the selection for the first time since November but she knows what it takes to win on the selection having partnered him to victory twice at Devonport Synthetic last year. 

The son of Alpine Eagle can race close to the speed or from off the pace and with a good alley in six he looks capable of registering a victory here.

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