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Australian Racing: Ceasefire over for Messara charge

There's just the three meetings due to take place on Tuesday with Gosford and Townsville's provincial meetings supplemented by a country fixture from Bendigo.

Race 7 Gosford

Ceasefire @ 6.00

Race 5 Townsville

Kiss Goodbye @ 3.80

Race 8 Bendigo

Austrata @ 3.60

Ceasefire to score on return

The finale at Gosford is an interesting 1200m Benchmark 68 contest. A soft 5 track is forecast with Moetta expected to prove popular having demonstrated good form in three starts this spell.

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The Brett Robb-trained mare delivered her sole victory in those three outings when defying market weakness to score by a narrow margin at Scone last month. That victory came over 1100m in a Benchmark 66 contest on a good 4 surface.

The daughter of Uncle Mo is a confirmed wet track performer with a good alley jumping from the inside barrier here. The six-year-old has failed to score in five previous starts at this trip however and looks opposable in this contest.

Ceasefire represents Paul Messara who has won with one of his two runners at this venue in the last 12 months. The five-year-old won at Benchmark 6 level over 1280m on a heavy 10 track at Muswellbrook in May last year.

The son of Panzer Division has placed since that triumph and comes into this contest fresh having finished fifth over 1250m in a Benchmark 72 event at Randwick Kensington in August.

Ceasefire has won two of his three starts when racing first up and with a good barrier in three is selected to resume with a victory.

Kiss to complete double

The fifth at Townsville is a competitive 1000m Benchmark 60 event with Count Of Carford among those in the field following wins in both starts this spell.

The seven-year-old is chasing a hat-trick following those two victories with the latest coming over this track and trip in a Class 4 event on a soft 5 surface. Barrier ten is far from ideal however with Kiss Goodbye preferred on this occasion. 

Georgina Bourke's four-year-old is lightly-raced with just the four previous starts to her name. The filly resumed with a near two length victory in a Class 1 contest over this course and distance a week ago. That victory marked the picks second on rain-softened going having debuted with a triumph on a soft 6 surface at Sunshine Coast in March last year.

Adrian Layt, on board last time out is again in the saddle and his mount looks capable of completing a double having drawn the rail here.

Austrata for Bendigo triumph

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace training team send Galactic Fury to Bendigo for the closing race on the card. The race in question is a 1400m Benchmark 70 contest.

The five-year-old appeared to appreciate the drop to a Benchmark 64 event when winning by a half-a-length over 1300m at Cranbourne on his penultimate start. Galactic Fury acquitted himself well in a metro Benchmark 70 event when fifth over 1400m at Sandown Hillside subsequently.

Ben Allen knows the gelding wise but the pair are expected find Lindsay Smith's Austrata too strong here. The selection finished one place in front of Galactic Fury when the pair met over this trip in a Benchmark 70 event at Sandown Lakeside back in November.

Racing first up that day the pick came home third under Jamie Kah. While the son of Australia has failed to score in three subsequent starts they have all come over further with the drop back in trip in his favour here.

Well drawn in barrier three Beau Mertens takes the ride with the return of blinkers expected to sharpen the pick up.

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