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Australian Racing: High Plateau to build on debut win

There’s four meetings set to take place on Tuesday with wet tracks the order of the day at all fixtures.

Race 2 Hawkesbury

High Plateau @ 2.60

Race 5 Ballarat

Pencilled Out @ 7.00

Race 8 Warwick

Cluster’s Rein @ 4.00

Plateau to stay unbeaten

The second race on the Hawkesbury card is a 1000m Class 1 handicap contest. A soft 5 surface is forecast with Chief Conductor’s scratching leaving a field of seven. Michael Freedman’s Tragara is expected to have her supporters having shown solid form in maiden company last spell.

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The three-year-old filly placed in four consecutive starts prior to racing from the front to deliver a near three-and-a-half-length victory over 1300m at Newcastle in November. While that effort came on a good 4 track she has form on wet tracks in the past including when runner-up over 1200m at the same venue in October.

The drop back in trip isn’t certain to suit here however and High Plateau is preferred on this occasion. The four-year-old made a belated debut when delivering a two length victory over this distance at Kembla Grange last month.

The pick raced from off the pace in a small field event that day but picked up nicely to score on a soft 6 track. Handler James Cummings boasts an impressive 37% strike-rate (19/51) here in the last 12 months and his representative looks capable of improving on that under Brad Rawiller.

Out for Ballarat success

In the fifth at Ballarat Everylittle Breeze is expected to jump as favourite for the Tony & Calvin McEvoy team. The three-year-old filly receives weight from her rivals in the 1200m Benchmark 58 contest with a soft 5 track expected at the Victoria venue.

The daughter of Gold Standard delivered some good efforts in defeat in Benchmark 64 contests earlier this spell including at metro level on her penultimate start. That metro effort came when a close up fourth over this distance on a good 3 track at Moonee Valley last month.

The drop to a Benchmark 58 event failed to bring about a victory however when fifth over this course and distance at Pakenham earlier this month and she looks opposable here.

Pencilled Out has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past making all four previous starts on ground described as a soft 5 or slower. Those efforts included a victory in an 1170m maiden on a soft 6 track at Wangaratta at the start of October.

Spelled following that effort the Savabeel filly acquitted herself well under top weight when runner-up over 1100m in a Benchmark 58 event at Kyneton first up. The extra distance here should prove no issue and she is taken to provide jockey Dean Yendall with a winner.

Rein to score at Warwick

The finale at Warwick is an intriguing 1500m Class 1 handicap contest with a soft 7 track expected for the race. Three scratchings leave a field of 12 with top weight Cluster’s Rein taken to double his career tally.

Trained by Kathy Stabe the pick broke his maiden when racing second up this spell in a 1400m contest at Beaudesert. That race has produced winners with the runner-up, fourth and fifth all winning subsequently.

While the son of Cluster proved a disappointment on a good 3 track at Benchmark 65 level next time out he returned to form at Ballina earlier this month. Ridden by his jockey here Anthony Allen in that Ballina contest the gelding finished runner-up over 1590m.

The shorter distance here shouldn’t inconvenience and he looks capable of doubling his career tally.

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