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Australian Racing: Chevron can lead the way

There are six meetings set to take place on Thursday including two meetings in Victoria with both Kyneton and Pakenham due to race.

Race 7 Kyneton

John Joseph @ 5.00

Race 6 Pakenham

Smart Deel @ 9.00

Race 2 Wyong

Chevron @ 2.30

John Joseph for Kyneton success

The penultimate race at Kyneton is a competitive looking 1103m Benchmark 64 handicap contest.

A soft 7 track is expected with Ezeiza set to have her supporters for the Cliff Brown stable.

The filly debuted with a victory over 1000m in a Bendigo maiden held on a good 4 track, prior to placing second in a Restricted 64 handicap over the same trip at Pakenham in February.

While the daughter of Rubbick faded, having raced from the front when contesting a 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap at Sandown last time, that marked her first start at metro level.

The three-year-old was beaten over six-and-a-half-lengths that day on a soft 7 track and she looks opposable wearing a tongue tie for the first time.

JOHN JOSEPH is preferred in this event having shown a liking for wet tracks in the past, having won three of his four outings on wet surfaces.

Those efforts include a narrow margin triumph in a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap when racing first up this prep.

That success came at Hanging Rock, however he proved that he can compete in metro races when runner-up over 1200m at Moonee Valley on 23rd February.

The gelding did plenty of racing early prior to fading when contesting a 1209m Benchmark 64 handicap at Yarra Valley subsequently.

The return to forecast soft conditions is in his favour and, with a good barrier, he looks capable of returning to form under apprentice Jordyn Weatherley.

Deel to deliver at Pakenham

Pakenham are set to play host to an eight-race card with the sixth race of the day a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap.

Miss Galore is likely to have her supporters, having registered a first up win when contesting a 1221m Benchmark 64 handicap at Geelong when making her seasonal debut in September.

The filly has made just the one subsequent appearance however, with that coming when sixth in a 1200m Benchmark 70 handicap at Sandown Lakeside on 27th March.

While entitled to improve for that effort, it may pay to look elsewhere for the winner, with SMART DEEL the selection on this occasion.

Trained by Reece Goodwin, the filly showed ability when runner-up on a soft 6 track over 1200m at Moe in August last year.

While the three-year-old failed to build on that in two subsequent outings that prep, she has returned in good form winning both of her starts this time around.

Those efforts include a maiden win over 1000m at Bendigo, when an awkward start won’t have helped the daughter of Dundeel.

The youngster duly followed up with a success, stepping up to 1130m for a Benchmark 58 handicap at Geelong, with both of those efforts coming on a good 4 track.

Apprentice Jaylah Kennedy, on board for both of those victories, is again set to ride and the pair are taken to complete a hat-trick.

Chevron for Wyong victory

The second race on the Wyong card is a nine-runner 1350m Benchmark 68 handicap set to take place on a soft 6 surface.

Trainer Kristen Buchanan has her horses in good form with a 33% strike-rate (4/12) since 27th March and she is represented by CHEVRON here.

The three-year-old lost out by a narrow margin in the 1100m Inglis 2yo Challenge at Scone in May last year and was tried at Group level in his final two starts as a two-year-old.

Those starts included a 10-length defeat when 14th in the 1600m Group 1 J.J. Atkins at Eagle Farm in June, after which he was spelled.

The gelding jumped at odds of $71 when returning in the $1,000,000 Inglis Sprint over 1200m at Flemington at the start of last month and was never a factor when trailing in 14th that day.

However, the youngster appeared to appreciate the switch to front-running tactics when making all the running in a 1300m maiden at Randwick Kensington subsequently.

The son of Spieth has a good barrier here and looks capable of completing a double.

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