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Australian Racing: Dodi a Star of the Future

There’s five meetings set to take place on Thursday with the Final of the Future Stars contest at Pakenham the highlight.

Race 7 Pakenham

Dodi @ 7.50

Race 7 Ipswich

Hearsay @ 4.20

Race 6 Pinjarra

Wee Ripper @ 6.00

Dodi to take Final

The previously mentioned Future Stars Final, a 1400m contest has attracted a field of 15 with Marble Arch looking to complete a hat-trick. The filly has won twice at this venue since debuting at Wanganui in November.

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The most recent of those course victories came by one-and-a-half-lengths in a Benchmark 64 event on a good 4 track here on February 9. The softer going forecast here is no issue but she tackles a number of last start winners including Dodi who is one of two in the field for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

The pick delivered a good fourth over 1200m on a good 4 surface when making his debut here in January. The gelded son of Dissident duly followed that up with a two length triumph in a 1200m maiden on a soft 7 track here at the start of last month.

The form of that latest effort could be working out better but he has drawn a good alley here and looks up to completing a double.

Hearsay to double up

The penultimate race on Ipswich’s eight race card sees a field of 13 do battle over 1350m in a Class 1 contest. Top weight Abu Simbel was beaten just over a half-a-length when finishing a third over 1200m here in a similar contest on a good 3 track last month.

The daughter of I Am Invincible is expected to have her supporters in this contest with the step up in distance no issue having broken her maiden over 1400m three starts back. Preference however is for the Chris Munce-trained Hearsay who justified odds-on favouritism when saluting in a maiden over this course and distance last month.

The three-year-old filly made all that day and while she is drawn wide it’s notable that she has performed well when ridden with more restraint. The pick has the services of jockey Kyle Wilson-Taylor, on board for the first time last time out and with the forecast good 4 going no issue she looks up to completing a double.

Ripper to score at Pinjarra

Train Adam Durrant can boast a 28% strike-rate (11/40) at Pinjarra Scarpside in the last 12 months. His representative Allmamoney is expected to jump as favourite for the sixth race on their card, a 1700m Class 5 handicap.

The five-year-old mare has delivered some fair efforts in defeat since winning by a narrow margin over 1400m in a Class 3 at Pinjarra at the end of December. The daughter of Al Maher is reunited with her jockey that day Brayden Gaerth here and a big effort will be expected by connections from barrier seven.

The top weight Wee Ripper, drawn one barrier outside of Allmamoney is taken to get the better of the mare however. Justine Erkelens trains the eight-year-old gelding who was narrowly beaten in a 1600m contest at Ascot when racing first up in January.

The pick subsequently followed up with a close up fourth over the same course and distance prior to a length second in an 1800m event back at Ascot on February 15. Troy Turner, on board last time out takes the ride here and his mount looks up to scoring having won in Class 5 company in the past.

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