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Australian Racing: Big Red Hawk steps up in distance

With seven meetings set to take place on Sunday there’s plenty of action for punters to get stuck into.

Race 1 Pinjarra

Big Red Hawk @ 13/2

Race 8 Geelong

Pentegra @ 8/1

Race 3 Sapphire Coast

Heir Jordan @ 11/4

Hawk to break maiden

The opener at Pinjarra Scarpside is an interesting 2200m contest. A good 4 surface is forecast for the race with Northeast Eagle expected to prove popular with punters.

The four-year-old delivered a fourth place finish over 1800m here on his penultimate start. Followed up with a third over 2100m at Belmont Park three days ago. The son of So You Think has had plenty of chances with nine starts to date and looks opposable here however.

With that in mind Adam Durrant’s Big Red Hawk is preferred stepping up in distance. The selection failed to handle the heavy 9 track when last of four on debut in a 1400m maiden at Belmont Park back in August.

Took a step forward upped to 1720m when third in a six runner maiden on a good 3 surface at Narrogin earlier this month. That Narrogin effort marked the three-year-old’s second start and he is expected to appreciate the extra distance here.

The son of Pride Of Dubai has had fewer chances than his rivals and he is selected to get off the mark at the third attempt.

Pentegra to score for Alexander

A soft 5 track is forecast for Geelong’s eight race card. The card includes a competitive 1212m Benchmark 64 event that ends the card. Water Bomber has drawn the rail for the Mick Price and Michael Kent training partnership and is likely to jump as favourite.

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The three-year-old won on synthetics over around this trip at Ballarat in June last year and delivered a second over 1143m in a Restricted 64 contest first up this spell.

That return effort came on a good 3 track and it’s of note that the geldings last wet track start, at Flemington in August came at metro level. Preference here is for the Archie Alexander-trained Pentegra however.

The pick delivered a victory in a Restricted 58 event over 1100m on a good 3 track at Stawell when making his penultimate start. Followed that up with a fair fifth in a Benchmark 58 event over the same track and trip. Keen under top weight having been drawn wide in nine on that occasion and that effort is worth forgiving.

John Allen’s mount has received a better draw in four here and is selected to score for a handler who can boast a 36% strike-rate (5/14) with his runners here in the last 12 months.

Jordan for Sapphire maiden

The third at Sapphire Coast is an intriguing 1400m maiden plate. A good 4 track is likely with Alysha Collett’s mount Spitfire Sun having shown ability in three wet track starts last spell.

Paul Murray’s charge tackled open company when placed third over 1300m at Wagga on debut back in June. Failed to build on that in two subsequent starts however including when sixth over 1410m on a heavy 8 track at Grafton in July.

Freshened up since that effort the Fighting Sun gelding and rider Alysha Collett have a wide draw to overcome if they are to deliver a first up triumph. Similarly Heir Jordan tackled wet going in three starts in his first spell racing including when a close up sixth over 1200m here last July.

Spelled following a third over the same trip at Wagga the following month he has shown good form switched to good 4 tracks this time around.

The latest second, when beaten a length over 1425m at Moruya reads well and racing third up with Richard Bensley retaining the ride he looks up to delivering a victory.

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