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Australia Racing: Outback Angel can soar above rivals

There are a number of meetings set to take place on Friday, including at Launceston, where the Tasmanian St Leger is the feature race of the day.

Race 7 Launceston

Geegees Hisword @ 4.80

Race 6 Cranbourne

Dark Journey @ 4.00

Race 3 Albury

Outback Angel @ 2.70

Geegees for St Leger success

The previously mentioned Tasmanian St Leger is set to take place over 2400m on a soft 5 surface.

A field of nine have been declared for the race, with Travelling Gigolo likely to have his supporters.

John Keys’ representative has yet to win in five starts since joining him, however, Travelling Gigolo has delivered some solid efforts, including in Group 3 company at Hobart last month.

The gelding was beaten over five lengths into fifth when contesting the Group 3 Hobart Cup over this trip on that occasion.

The son of Globetrotter raced on a good 4 surface that day and, while he is expected to go well, the improving GEEGEES HISWORD is the selection here.

Trained by Stuart Gandy, the colt is the winner of two of his last three starts, with the first of those coming in a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap at this track early last month.

The pick went on to register a sixth when beaten less than two lengths over the same course and distance later that month.

The four-year-old returned to winning ways stepped up to 2150m for a Benchmark 76 handicap, getting home narrowly having raced from mid-division that day.

Jockey Erica Byrne Burke takes the ride for the first time here and she looks capable of steering the pick to victory.

Journey for Cranbourne glory

The penultimate race on the Cranbourne card is a 1200m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Ethan Brown’s mount She’s Bulletproof is expected to jump as favourite for the Charlotte Littlefield team.

The three-year-old broke her maiden by a narrow margin when racing over 1200m on a soft 6 surface at Mornington in December.

The filly saw off five rivals on that occasion and drops down from metro level racing here, having finished a close third over 1100m when racing first up this prep.

The youngster raced down the straight at Flemington on that occasion and, while she rates a worthy favourite in this field, preference is for DARK JOURNEY.

Trained by Jason Warren, the gelding is a winner already this prep, having broken his maiden by over a length in a 1200m maiden at Moonee Valley early last month.

The selection raced from the front on that occasion and proved that effort was no fluke when third over the same course and distance in a Benchmark 64 handicap next time.

The son of Needs Further raced from the front in each of those Moonee Valley efforts, with a trip to Tasmania for a race at Launceston following.

The pick raced from off the pace prior to losing out by less than half-a-length over 1200m in that Launceston contest and he looks up to returning to winning ways here.

Angel for Albury triumph

The third race at Albury is a 1000m Class 2 handicap with OUTBACK ANGEL taking the eye having won each of her last two starts.

The first of those saw her come home over four lengths clear of her rivals when justifying short-priced favouritism for an 1100m maiden Nowra in October.

The selection was spelled following that triumph but proved that shorter distances are no issue when again saluting at short odds in a 900m Class 1 handicap at Goulburn.

The three-year-old raced on a soft 6 track last time out and she remains open to improvement.

Regular pilot Kayla Nisbet is again in the saddle and her mount is selected to complete a hat-trick.

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