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Australian Racing: Atteindre set to pounce at Pakenham

There are five meetings set to take place on Thursday, with eight-race cards at Pakenham and Stony Creek among them.

Race 2 Pakenham

Atteindre @ 3.50

Race 3 Wyong

Noble Tess @ 7.50

Race 5 Stony Creek

Graewazi @ 3.00

Atteindre to break maiden at Pakenham

The second race at Pakenham is a 1600m set weights maiden contest expected to take place on a soft 5 surface.

The Ben, JD & Will Hayes team send out Itsukshima here, with the gelding expected to be towards the head of the betting having lost out narrowly at Wangaratta earlier this month.

The four-year-old came home second, having finished strongly from off the pace in a 1400m maiden held on a good 4 track on that occasion.

The gelding has been tried over a variety of distances including when ending his last spell with a fourth, beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths over 2200m on the synthetic track at Pakenham.

The son of So You Think has had plenty of chances to break his maiden with nine starts to date and it can pay to look elsewhere for the winner.

ATTEINDRE has raced four times, with two of those efforts coming at Moe and Cranbourne in her first spell racing early last year.

The filly finished off the board on each occasion, but has demonstrated improved form despite being awkwardly away from the barriers in two starts at Cranbourne this time around.

The 3.50 pick lost out by a narrow margin when racing from the front in a 1400m maiden held on a good 3 track when racing first up on 29th December.

The selection followed that up with a close second in a five-runner contest held over this distance at the same venue a week later.

The forecast wet track is an unknown here, however she has a good alley next to the rail and is taken to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Tess ready for Wyong success

The Sky Channel Super Maiden, a 1600m contest set to take place as the third race of the day is the most valuable contest on the Wyong card.

Chris Waller sends out Dressel who is expected to prove popular with punters having finished in the first three in three of his four previous starts.

Those efforts including a third in a metro maiden over 1550m at Randwick Kensington in September on the final start of his last spell.

The four-year-old was beaten over four lengths having been hampered at the start when fourth in a 1350m maiden at Beaumont first up this time around, however.

That Beaumont effort, which came on a soft 7 track, marked the gelding’s first start on a wet surface and while the return to 1600m is a positive he looks opposable.

Trainer Brad Widdup is represented by NOBLE TESS here, with the filly having finished down the field in her first three starts.

The first two of those efforts came at Kembla Grange, while she jumped at $51 when fifth of seven over 1250m at Canterbury when racing first up this spell on 15th December.

While beaten nearly three lengths returning to Kembla Grange, the 7.50 three-year-old showed improved form when third over 1400m on a heavy 9 track when last in action earlier this month.

The filly caught the eye staying on nicely having been ridden from off the pace that day and she is expected to appreciate the step up to 1600m here.

Graewazi backed for victory

A good 4 track is expected at Stony Creek, with the fifth race of the day an 1100m Benchmark 58 handicap.

Top weight GRAEWAZI has impressed in his four-start career to date, winning twice, including when taking a maiden over this trip when racing at Traralgon on his first start this spell.

That success came on a soft 6 track, however he has proven that he handles a sound surface on two subsequent outings, including when winning on a good 4 track at Mornington last time.

The 3.00 selection was successful by a narrow margin when tackling a similar race to this over 1000m on that occasion and he is taken to defy a wide barrier, with apprentice Logan Bates booked to ride.

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