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Australian Racing: Asgarda can storm to Albury win

There are a number of meetings scheduled for Sunday, including at Albury who are set to stage an eight-race card.

Race 7 Albury

Asgarda @ 6.00

Race 8 Sunshine Coast

Outweighed @ 3.60

Race 5 Dubbo

Deion @ 3.40

Asgarda for Albury success

The penultimate race on the card at Albury is a valuable Class 5 set weights contest that forms part of the Country Championships.

Bianco Vilano is expected to start favourite having raced at metro level in both starts, since finishing runner-up in the bet365 Wodonga Gold Cup in November.

The five-year-old raced over 1590m on a soft 5 track and should appreciate the return to a forecast soft 5 track, having raced on a sound surface since.

The gelding likely found the 1200m trip on the short side when jumping at big odds for a Benchmark 78 handicap at Moonee Valley last month.

However, jumping from an inside alley, ASGARDA is the selection in this contest.

The filly won twice from four starts in her last spell, including when racing close to the speed prior to winning by over four-and-a-half-lengths at this venue in November.

The daughter of The Brothers War raced close to the speed when successful over this distance in a Class 2 handicap that day.

Successful on a soft 6 surface in that Class 2 event the selection resumed with a win by over a length in a 1300m Class 4 handicap at Wagga earlier this month.

Regular pilot Kayla Nisbet is again booked to ride here and she looks capable of steering Doug Gorrel’s four-year-old to her fifth win in 10 career starts. 

Outweighed can salute at Sunshine Coast

The most valuable race on Sunshine Coast’s 10-race card is the eighth race of the day, a 1000m Benchmark 85 handicap.

A heavy 10 track is expected for the contest, with Wanda Rox expected to have her supporters.

The four-year-old boasts an impressive wins-to-runs record of seven victories from 10 career starts, with the most recent of those coming over in a Benchmark 78 handicap at Ipswich last month.

The filly raced over 1100m on a good 4 track on that occasion and showed she handles this circuit when runner-up by a length over this track and trip on 27th January.

However, the daughter of Wandjina is unproven on wet tracks and, with that in mind, course regular OUTWEIGHED is preferred in this race.

Trained by Paula Barron, the filly was the winner of five of her six starts so far, with the sole defeat coming when sixth over this track and trip on 17th December.

The selection was beaten just over two lengths having raced wide throughout on that occasion and she returned to the winners’ enclosure over this track and trip subsequently.

Sean Cormack’s mount raced from the front when saluting in a Benchmark 78 handicap on a soft 7 surface subsequently and she looks capable of saluting on her first start on a heavy track.  

Deion for Dubbo glory

The fifth race at Dubbo is a 1000m Class 1 handicap event, with DEION taking the eye for the Brett Robb team.

The selection debuted with a victory in a 900m maiden at Coonabarabran when racing on a good 3 track in October last year and he placed third twice subsequently.

The second of those efforts saw the gelding beaten one-and-a-half-lengths in an 1100m Class 1 handicap at Wellington in November. 

The four-year-old has been spelled since that effort, with the son of Akeed Mofeed unlikely to have any issues with the forecast soft 5 track.

Aaron Bullock’s mount has a good alley three from the rail and looks capable of resuming with a victory. 

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