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Australian Racing: Diamond to sparkle at Kembla

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday with wet tracks expected for all four.

Race 4 Kembla Grange

Diamond City @ 4.00

Race 6 Kyneton

Kermy @ 4.00

Race 6 Tamworth

Acotango @ 4.60

City to score at Kembla Grange

The fourth race at Kembla Grange takes the eye with the 1200m Benchmark 64 contest with two scratchings leaving a field of 11 to go to post.

A heavy 10 track is expected for the sprint contest with Semana likely to be among the hot fancies. The three-year-old has shown a liking for heavy tracks in the past when breaking her maiden over 1000m at Muswellbrook first up back in November.

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Trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace the filly has won on a sound surface when upped to 1400m since then and delivered a close up fifth over 1100m at Warwick Farm last month.

That Warwick Farm effort came on her return to a wet track with a soft 5 given as the conditions that day and she gets a drop to provincial level here. Diamond City is preferred on this occasion however with Annabel Neasham’s charge registering a good length second over track and trip when racing first up.

That effort came at the Benchmark 64 level she tackles here and the pick has shown good winning and placed form on heavy going in the past. Jett Stanley’s mount is expected to have improved for that return effort and is taken to go one better in this contest.

Kermy for Kyneton glory

Throw At Da Stumps and Kermy are vying for favouritism ahead of the sixth race on the Kyneton card. The race in question is a 1479m Benchmark 58 contest with a soft 5 track forecast.

The first named delivered a good length second in a 1100m Benchmark 58 event on a soft 5 track when racing first up here just over a month ago. The Rich Enuff gelding shaped as if he’d appreciate further that day so it was disappointing to see he didn’t perform better when fifth over 1212m here subsequently.

While the form of that latest effort hasn’t really been tested yet the only horse to come out of the race to run subsequently (fourth home Brazen Brando) won at Benchmark 64 level a week later. Kermy is taken to get the better of his younger rival however having registered a number of good efforts in defeat on good going so far this spell.

The latest of those came when beaten half-a-length over 1440m in a Benchmark 58 event at Geelong March 24.

Drawn four off the rail the five-year-old looks to be one of the main pace angles in this field and he looks capable of delivering a winning effort from the front under claimer Tom Prebble.

Acotango to upset favourite at Tamworth

The sixth on the Tamworth card is an interesting 1200m Class 2 handicap. While Sumptuary sets the standard on form and rates a progressive individual with two wins from her three starts it’s notable her only defeat came when encountering a wet track at Randwick.

While racing at metro level was a step up in class she delivered a decent effort in finishing third over 1000m in a Class 2 that day. 

Back to winning ways switched to a good 4 track at Muswellbrook last night she gives the impression that she is more at home on a sound surface and looks opposable in here.

Cody Morgan’s Acotango has shown a liking for soft surfaces in the past when winning a Benchmark 58 event over 1000m here when racing from off the pace on his penultimate start.

Held in a Class 2 1100m event returned to good going at Scone subsequently he has a good draw on the rail back on soft ground. The pick boasts a good two wins from five starts record at this track and is taken to add a third victory by triumphing here.

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