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Australian Racing: Casino Stage can produce Moree magic

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday including at Kembla Grange where a seven-race program is scheduled.

Race 3 Kembla Grange

Bambi Belle @ 3.20

Race 6 Moree

Casino Stage @ 5.00

Race 6 Dalby

Esjay @ 2.20

Belle to break maiden

The third race of the day at Kembla Grange is a 1000m maiden plate set to take place on a soft 6 surface.

David Payne’s Midnight Harry is expected to jump as favourite on his first outing since finishing last of eight over 1000m at Hawkesbury in February.

The gelding raced on a heavy 8 track that day and was registering his second consecutive last place finish having failed to shine when jumping at $18 at Canterbury prior.

The three-year-old had previously demonstrated good form on wet tracks at Gosford, finishing runner-up when beaten by narrow margins in his first two starts that prep.

Both of those efforts came over 1100m and he trialled well when third at Rosehill ahead of his return to action here.

However, the son of Harry Angel has had plenty of opportunities and looks opposable, with the filly BAMBI BELLE preferred on this occasion.

The selection recorded a good third when beaten one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1000m maiden at Wagga on her second start this prep.

The filly followed that effort up with a two-length fourth when racing over the same distance on a heavy 9 surface at Muswellbrook on 13th May.

The pick raced from the front prior to fading late on at Muswellbrook and she has a good barrier in five here.

Trainer Joseph Ible’s representative races on her home track in this contest and, with blinkers applied for the first time, she looks up to saluting for the first time.

Casino for Moree glory

The penultimate contest on the Moree card is a 1600m Benchmark 58 handicap.

Colt Prosser sends out Kaihoko in the race, set to take place on a soft 7 track, with his gelding having registered a third at Taree last month.

The gelding was beaten less than a length when contesting a 1400m Class 2 handicap on a heavy 9 surface on that occasion.

The three-year-old had previously finished down the field when jumping at big odds for a 1500m event at Hawkesbury a month ago.

Notably the youngster was making his first start since February that day and, while he rates highly here, preference is for the lightly-raced CASINO STAGE.

The son of Casino Prince broke his maiden when debuting in a 1400m contest at Coonamble in December.

Casino Stage came home half-a-length clear of his five rivals when racing on a good 4 track that day and he was spelled following that effort.

The four-year-old was ridden from off the pace when resuming with a close up third in a 1400m Class 1 handicap held on a soft 5 track at Tamworth in April.

A change of tactics saw the selection race from the front, prior to fading late on when fourth over this trip in a similar contest at Scone on 17th May.

Jake Pracey-Holmes takes the ride for the first time here and, with the selection open to improvement, he looks capable of registering the second win of his career.

Esjay to resume with Dalby win

The sixth race at Dalby takes the eye with the Class 1 set weights plate contest due to take place over 1000m.

Trainer Pat Webster sends out ESJAY here with the gelding having demonstrated plenty of ability in his first spell racing.

Having lost out narrowly on a soft 7 track when debuting over 1000m at Sunshine Coast in December, the pick went on to break his maiden, stepping up to 1200m two starts later.

That maiden victory came by an impressive three-and-a-half-lengths when racing on a good 4 surface at Toowoomba.

A step up in class followed and, while the three-year-old failed to shine at Doomben, he showed up well for a long way.

The son of Rothesay returns from a spell here and looks capable of resuming with a victory under Leslie Tilley.

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