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Australian Racing: Athena Nyx can light up Beaumont

There are three meetings set to take place on Monday including on the synthetic track at Pakenham.

Race 3 Pakenham Synthetic

Mister Fairbanks @ 11.00

Race 7 Goulburn

Ginjari @ 10.00

Race 4 Beaumont (Newcastle)

Athena Nyx @ 2.60

Fairbanks to break maiden

Splendid Chap is a regular placer and he is expected to prove popular with punters ahead of the third race at Pakenham.

The race in question is a 1600m maiden contest with the gelding having shown up well when narrowly beaten in a course and distance event last month.

The four-year-old was making his synthetics debut on that occasion, having shown good form on turf in his last spell, including when runner-up twice.

The returning blinkers (retained for this event) brought about a return to form on that occasion having disappointed at Bendigo first up prior. 

MISTER FAIRBANKS may prove capable of upsetting Archie Alexander's gelding however, having shown ability on turf in his first spell racing earlier this month.

The pick’s three efforts then included a one-and-a-half-length fifth in a 1400m maiden on a good 3 turf course at Cranbourne in January.

The son of Toronado was spelled following a fifth in a maiden over 1600m on the turf course here 12 days later and was absent until returning at Ballarat last month.

The gelding failed to shine when down the field on his synthetic debut in a 1400m event on that occasion however. 

Blaike McDougall's mount sports blinkers for the first time here and he represents the Greg Eurell stable who can boast a 24% strike-rate (10/41) here in the last 12 months. 

Ginjari to double up

Trainer Luke Clarke saddles GINJARI in the concluding race on the Goulburn card.

The race in question is a 1300m Benchmark 58 handicap with the handler’s representative having shown improvement with racing since making his debut at Moruya in June.

The daughter of Wandjina built on a seventh-place finish that day when beaten less than half-a-length into second in a 1200m maiden there on 14th July.

The filly’s jockey here Billy Owen was on board for the first time when the pair saluted at Sapphire Coast at the end of last month and she is less exposed than most of her rivals.

The pick has raced from off the pace in all three previous starts and with that in mind barrier eight shouldn’t inconvenience too much, while she should handle the soft 5 track forecast here.

Nyx for Beamont glory

The fourth at Beaumont is an interesting 1150m Benchmark 58 handicap contest set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

Mosht Up has shown a liking for this venue in the past winning once and placing second once from her two starts here.

The most recent of those efforts saw her narrowly beaten over this course and distance on a good 4 track in June.

While unable to register a victory since, she has acquitted herself well in defeat including when runner-up at Newcastle on her penultimate start.

However, ATHENA NYX, racing second up in this contest is preferred for the Kris Lees stable.

Trainer Lees heads into this contest with a 26% strike-rate (7/27) here in the last 12 months.

The selection won twice in 2022 including at Beaudesert when taking out a 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap on a soft 7 track in October of that year.

While unable to score since, the pick has delivered some good efforts in defeat including when beaten by less than two lengths into fifth over 1200m at Newcastle last time out. 

The daughter of Star Turn headed into that event on the back of two barrier trials and with improvement likely and the drop in trip no problem, she looks capable of taking this event. 

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