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Australian Racing: Image Of The Sun can dazzle at Tuncurry

There are three meetings set to take place on Monday with two meetings from New South Wales, Tuncurry and Armidale supplemented by Warwick in Queensland.

Race 5 Tuncurry

Image Of The Sun @ 2.20

Race 5 Armidale

Kalahari Heart @ 6.50

Race 4 Warwick

Eye Wanted @ 4.00

Sun to shine at Tuncurry

The fifth race on the Tuncurry card is an interesting Class 1 set weights contest to take place over 1605m.

The Matthew Smith-trained Twelfth Night registered a maiden win on a soft 5 track when racing over 1500m at Newcastle in May last year and is expected to have her supporters in this contest.

The four-year-old has delivered some solid efforts without winning since and she returned from a break with a five-length fourth in a six runner Benchmark 65 handicap over 1400m at Canberra earlier this month. 

The filly is expected to have improved for that effort and, while the switch to a forecast wet track is in her favour, she has been allocated a wide alley here and is expected to find IMAGE OF THE SUN too good.

Trained by Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich, the filly caught the eye when finishing strongly for third in a 1300m maiden held on a good 4 track at Scone when debuting last month.

The three-year-old took a step forward to break her maiden at the second attempt, when justifying short-priced favouritism in saluting by two lengths over 1450m at Muswellbrook subsequently.

That Muswellbrook success came on a soft 5 track and, with a wet track expected here and a good alley five from the rail, she looks capable of completing a double under Grant Buckley. 

Heart for Armidale success

The fifth race on Armidale’s seven-race card is a competitive looking Benchmark 66 handicap.

The going is expected to be a good 4 for the 1400m event, with Titration expected to jump as favourite.

Trained by Cameron Crockett, the gelding showed good form earlier this spell, including when registering a win over 1100m in a Benchmark 58 handicap at Mudgee first up.

The six-year-old won on a soft 7 track that day but encountered quicker conditions, a good 3 surface when losing out by a narrow margin over 1200m in a Coonamble Benchmark 66 handicap subsequently. 

The gelding was forced to race wide when down the field at Tamworth subsequently and looks opposable over this distance.

KALAHARI HEART takes the eye here having won at this venue in the past when delivering a narrow victory in a Benchmark 58 handicap on a soft 5 track in April last year.

The pick’s best effort this spell came when a close second over 1250m in a Benchmark 58 handicap held on a soft 7 track at Gunnedah three starts back. 

The six-year-old tackles an easier contest than when beaten just over two lengths into sixth in the Inverell Cup over this trip at Inverell at the start of the month, while she was checked when sixth at Coffs Harbour subsequently. 

Ben Looker’s mount has a decent barrier in six here and is selected to register her second win at this venue. 

Eye for Warwick triumph

The fourth race at Warwick takes the eye with EYE WANTED taken to deliver a victory following a string of good efforts this spell.

The five-year-old heads into this 1200m Benchmark 60 handicap on the back of a good third, when beaten less than a length in a Benchmark 62 event over this trip at Kilcoy last month.

The mare has been freshened since that effort and, while unproven on the forecast soft 7 going, she gets in off a nice racing weight and looks up to providing jockey Emily Lang with a winner from barrier two. 

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