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Australian Racing: Exceedingly Hot can burn the competition

There are four meetings set to take place on Friday, including at Swan Hill where the Golden Topaz is the feature race of the day.

Race 7 Swan Hill

It’sourtime @ 8.50

Race 5 Dubbo

Naked Eye @ 7.50

Race 3 Albury

Exceedingly Hot @ 4.40

Time to take Topaz

The previously mentioned Golden Topaz comes up as the penultimate race on an eight-race card at Swan Hill.

The 1200m open handicap contest is due to be held on a soft 5 track with Press Down expected to jump as favourite.

Trained by Peter Hardacre, the gelding placed third in the Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes over 1100m at Morphettville in April.

The four-year-old jumped at odds of $51 that day but he failed to shine in a similar contest over the same track and trip subsequently.

However, the gelding returned to winning ways when victorious by over three lengths under his jockey here Neil Farley at Murray Bridge on 25th May.

The son of Press Statement handles wet conditions and while he rates a leading player he looks opposable jumping from a wide alley.

Danny O’Brien’s IT’SOURTIME has won at a higher level having taken out the Group 3 company when taking out the 1200m Aurie’s Star Handicap in August.

While the pick has been unable to salute since, he has registered some good efforts in defeat.

Those efforts include a second in the Wangoom Handicap, a Listed 1200m contest at Warrnambool at the start of last month.

The six-year-old has also been asked to race at the highest level, having contested the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap back in March.

The son of Time For War failed to shine in the Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six over 1200m at Flemington on 18th March but he tackles an easier contest here.

Jockey Billy Egan has a good barrier in seven and his mount is taken to return to winning ways.

Naked for Dubbo glory

The fifth race of the day at Dubbo is a Winter Country Classic qualifying contest with 15 declared for the 1300m Benchmark 58 handicap contest.

The race, restricted to fillies & mares, is expected to see Outback Crumpet have her supporters.

The four-year-old broke her maiden over 1415m on a good 4 track at Coffs Harbour at the end of December.

The filly has registered some good efforts in defeat since, including when third over 1605m on a wet track when contesting a Tuncurry Class 1 event in January.

Aaron Bullock’s mount is expected to have improved for her fifth at Gunnedah first up and she warrants close consideration.

NAKED EYE is the pick here however, with trainer Stephen Jones boasting an impressive 30% strike-rate in the last 30 days.

His representative came home three lengths eighth when racing over 1000m in a Class 1 handicap at Quirindi on her return to action in April.

The selection took a marked step forward when a length second stepped up to 1200m for a Benchmark 58 handicap at Tamworth subsequently however.

The three-year-old should have no issue with the step up in distance and she is taken to register the second win of her career.

Hot for Albury success

The third race at Albury is a 1600m set weights Class 1 contest set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

EXCEEDINGLY HOT made the perfect start to his career when debuting with a half-length victory on a soft 5 track at Canberra at the end of December.

The three-year-old raced over 1300m when partnered by his jockey here Coriah Keatings on that occasion.

Keatings was absent for the pick’s only subsequent start when fifth in a 1460m Class 1 handicap at Queanbeyan on 19th May.

The selection raced on a good 4 track that day and the return to a forecast wet track is in his favour.

The son of Outreach steps up in distance for this event and he is taken to return to winning ways on his first attempt at this distance.

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