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Australian Racing: Indian Soldier to salute at Albury

There are six meetings due to take place on Thursday with Pakenham and Gosford among those.

Race 2 Pakenham

Pride Of Proisir @ 7.00

Race 7 Gosford

Oakfield Mahogany @ 5.50

Race 5 Albury

Indian Soldier @ 2.80

Proisir for Pakenham victory

The second race on the Pakenham card is an interesting 1600m maiden plate event expected to be held on a good 4 track. 

The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr-trained Bubbling showed plenty of ability on debut here and is expected to jump as a short-priced favourite.

The three-year-old lost out by less than half-a-length when contesting a 1600m set weights maiden contest for fillies held on a soft 6 track here on that occasion.

The daughter of Shocking did best of those racing close to the speed that day and is expected to have improved for the experience.

However, she has a wide barrier for this contest and the year older PRIDE OF PROISIR may prove up to getting the better of the filly.

The selection showed plenty of ability when debuting with a close second in a 1300m maiden at Cambridge back in September 2022.

While the pick was off for more than a year following that effort, he has shown good form in maiden company since, finishing eighth over 1200m at Flemington second up this prep.

The gelding placed third over 1300m at Echuca on his penultimate start and appeared to appreciate the step up in distance when a good second over 1606m at Benalla on 21st January. 

The pick raced on a good 4 track that day and, while that form hasn’t been properly tested as yet, he has a good barrier three from the rail and is selected to salute under Billy Egan. 

Oakfield for Gosford glory

The penultimate race on Gosford’s eight-race card is a fairly open looking 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap for colts and geldings.

A good 4 track is expected with Pennypacker expected to have his supporters following some solid efforts in defeat this spell.

Those efforts include a two length sixth in a Benchmark 64 handicap over this distance at Kembla Grange last month. 

However, you have to go back to a Class 1 1200m handicap at Goulburn in January last year to find the four-year-old’s most recent success and OAKFIELD MAHOGANY is the selection here.

Trained by Damien Lane, the five-year-old failed to shine when racing over 1100m on a soft 7 track when racing at this level on his return to action. 

The gelding took a step forward when delivering a length victory in a Benchmark 68 handicap held on a good 4 track at Wyong subsequently.

The son of Capitalist gets a drop in grade here, having proven that he can compete at Benchmark 72 level when fourth over 1250m at Canterbury last time.

Promising apprentice Anna Roper takes a valuable two kilograms off here and jumping from an inside barrier she can steer the selection to victory. 

Soldier for Albury success

The fifth race at Albury is a 1400m Benchmark 58 handicap with a field of 10 set to go to post on a good 4 surface.

INDIAN SOLDIER has shown good form in three starts this spell, including under his jockey here Jason Lyon, who was up when the pick won over 1175m here when racing first up in December.

The four-year-old recorded a victory by over half-a-length in a Class 1 handicap held on a good 4 track that day and went on to finish fourth over 1300m at Corowa subsequently.

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