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Australian Racing: Bird to swoop at Ipswich

There’s six meetings set to take place on Friday with wet tracks expected at all bar Mt Gambier.

Race 2 Ipswich
Birdonawing @ 3.00

Race 3 Sale
Moonshine Annie @ 3.00

Race 7 Goulburn
Eastern Glow @ 9.00

Bird to resume with Ipswich triumph

The second at Ipswich is an interesting Benchmark 60 contest set to take place over 1350m. 

With a soft 5 track expected, Better Yet is likely to have her supporters following a narrow defeat when runner-up in a Benchmark 60 contest at Gatton last month.

That effort came over 1400m in similar conditions to those forecast here while she had placed over 1200m when racing first up prior to that effort. Ben E Thompson’s mount has a good draw four off the rail while she receives weight from all of her rivals. 

However, BIRDONAWING is preferred for the Annabel Neasham team on this occasion. The daughter of Fastnet Rock showed solid form last spell including when breaking her maiden over 1690m at this venue in October.

The pick had previously finished third on a soft 6 track when contesting a maiden over this course and distance and the return to this trip should prove no issue.

While it’s notable that the selection suffered defeats on her final two starts of 2022, they came in stronger contests than she tackles here.

Trainer Annabel Neasham boasts an impressive 32% strike-rate (12/38) with her runners here in the last 12 months and teaming up with Brodie Loy the pair look capable of striking here.

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Annie to break maiden

The third race at Sale is a 1500m maiden Plate. A soft 6 track is likely for the 10-runner contest with MOONSHINE ANNIE taken to salute having shown good form on debut.

That debut effort came when contesting a 1400m maiden race on a good 4 track at Pakenham earlier this month.

Slowly away from a good barrier in five that day, the pick was forced to race from off the pace under jockey Kiran Quilty. The daughter of San Padre finished well on that occasion coming home second in the end with only fellow hold up horse Kipyegon in front of her.

The selection made a highly promising debut that day and the booking of Jordan Childs is a further positive here. The Richard Laming-trained pick is drawn four off the rail and expect her to prove capable of building on that debut effort to register a first career success.

Glow for Goulburn glory

The penultimate race on Goulburn’s eight race card is a valuable Class 5 1400m contest. The track is expected to be a soft 5 with Burrandana likely to prove popular having completed a Wagga hat-trick when successful over 1400m on January 26.

The four-year-old delivered a respectable effort when racing from off the pace prior to finishing two lengths third over the same distance at Albury a month later.

While Billy Owen’s mount is open to improvement having made just five previous starts, he is unproven on wet tracks and EASTERN GLOW is preferred despite his wide alley.

The son of Your Song is a hold up performer so barrier 13 shouldn’t prove too much of an inconvenience to jockey Jeff Penza.

The pick has won twice from four starts this spell including when successful by a narrow margin in a 1500m Class 3 event at Rosehill at the end of January. Failed to shine when weak in the market prior to finished down the field over 1400m at Moruya subsequently.

Trained by Keith Dryden it is worth forgiving that latest effort and he is selected to return to the winners enclosure.

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