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With both Horsham and Orange called off we have just the two meetings to look at on Tuesday with a heavy 10 track expected at Forbes and a soft 7 at Warracknabeal.

(Article originally published 19.09.2022)

Express to break maiden

In the third race at Forbes, an 1100m maiden Yorker is expected to have his supporters having finished in the placings on his two most recent starts including when runner-up on a heavy 9 track over 1000m at Dubbo earlier this month.

Had previously placed third over 800m at Gilgandra five days earlier and while he has run well at this distance in the past with 22 starts to his name he may find the less exposed Chilean Express has too much for him in this 12 runner affair.

Chilean Express has shown good form in three of his four starts this spell including when beaten just over a half-a-length in finishing third in a maiden over this trip at Gilgandra on 6th September.

The son of Duporth hams shown that he handles wet tracks in the past including when third over this trip on a heavy 9 surface at Cowra three starts back and Damon Budler is taken to partner the four-year-old to a first victory.

Girl to score at Forbes

Hell’s Fury is improving with racing having delivered two good efforts since debuting with a fifth place finish in a seven runner Canterbury maiden over 1100m in July.

The daughter of Hellbent is expected to jump as favourite for the sixth race on the Forbes card, a 1300m Class 1 event following a heady victory in a 1250m maiden at Taree on 26th August.

Trainer Gregory Hickman has engaged claiming rider Anna Roper for the ride and while his charge is improving her ability to handle a heavy 10 track has to be taken on trust and with that in mind Boorowa Girl, one of just two in the field to have won on a heavy surface in the past is preferred in this contest.

Paul Theobald’s charge belatedly broke her maiden when scoring by two lengths having raced from off the pace in a 1200m contest at Bathurst just under a month ago and having finished in the placings in his two other heavy track starts he should have the ground to suit in this contest.

Claimer Jake Barrett, on board last time out keeps the ride and while a draw in ten isn’t ideal the four-year-old is a hold up performer and is taken to complete a double stepping out of maiden company in her first start against previous winners.

Sugar to defy top weight

 The fifth race at Warracknabeal is one of a number of Benchmark 58 contests on the card with the 1200m event having attracted a field of 12.

Justdoit performed well when breaking his maiden by six lengths over 1300m at Cranbourne last month and showed that he can be competitive at a higher level when a solid fifth over 1200m at Mornington in a Benchmark 64 event on a heavy 9 track subsequently.

On this occasion however dual winner Sugar And Sweet is preferred for trainer Rachel Samsonenko having delivered an impressive three length win in a 1350m Restricted 58 contest at Donald recently.

The Deep Field gelding looks ready for the step up in grade he gets here and with the drop in trip unlikely to inconvenience he is taken to complete a double with his jockey at Donald Jarrod Fry again in the saddle.

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