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Australian Racing: Ausbred Flirt can catch the eye at Kembla Grange

There are six meetings set to take place on Thursday including at Ipswich where a nine-race card is scheduled.

Race 7 Kembla Grange

Ausbred Flirt @ 5.00

Race 7 Pakenham

Barby’s Doll @ 4.60

Race 5 Ipswich

The Inflictor @ 12.00

Flirt for Qualifier success

A soft 5 track is expected at Kembla Grange with the seventh race of the day the $150,000 Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championship Qualifier (C5) over 1400m.

Strait Acer is expected to have his supporters for the Edward Cummings stable, having competed at a higher level so far this season.

The four-year-old completed a hat-trick when delivering a victory in a 1600m Benchmark 88 handicap at Randwick in September.

The gelding recorded top-four finishes in both the Silver Eagle (second) and Golden Eagle (fourth), prior to a third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m.

Tommy Berry’s mount has a wide barrier here however and, while he drops in grade, he failed to shine when fifth over 1200m at Randwick first up this prep.

AUSBRED FLIRT is preferred in this contest, having won twice last year, including when successful by a length in a Benchmark 78 handicap at Randwick in September.

The five-year-old raced over the 1400m distance she tackles here that day and that victory helped take her first up record to two wins from four starts.

A couple of good efforts in defeat followed including when runner-up in the 1600m Group 3 James Squire Angst Stakes at Randwick in October.

While the filly failed to make an impact when down the field in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington it’s of note that she jumped at big odds on that occasion.

The daughter of Maurice returns from a spell in this event having won a barrier trial over 1030m at Rosehill two weeks ago and she is selected to resume with a win.

Doll for Final glory

Pakenham are set to host the Future Stars Final, a Class 3 contest over 1400m with Subsix expected to start favourite with Blake Shinn in the saddle.

Trained by Lloyd Kennewell & Lucy Yeomans the gelding won over 1200m at this track last month.

The son of Fastnet Rock went on to lose out by just over half-a-length when third in a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap at Sandown Lakeside subsequently.

While he has plenty of experience BARBY’S DOLL, successful here over 1200m on 11th January is preferred.

The filly arrives here on the back of a solid third-place finish when contesting a seven-runner 1200m Benchmark 70 handicap at Caulfield earlier this month.

The selection came from off the pace in a race that saw the winner make all the running, while the filly also had to challenge wide in the straight.

One of a number of representatives for Jerome Walker in this event Damian Lane, on board for two of the pick’s three previous starts, takes the ride in this event.

Inflictor to triumph at Ipswich

A soft 5 track is expected at Ipswich with the fifth race of the day a Benchmark 65 handicap set to take place over 1200m.

Craig Cousins saddles THE INFLICTOR here, with the gelding the winner of both of his starts over this distance.

The first came in a maiden on a soft 5 track at Toowoomba in November, while he was freshened following a sixth over 1400m at Eagle Farm subsequently.

The three-year-old saw off five rivals back over this trip in a Benchmark 58 handicap here on 3rd February, while he likely found the distance too far over 1600m next time.

The selection raced on a soft 7 track at Eagle Farm when last in action and returning to sprinting, he is selected to defy a wide barrier to record his third career win.

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