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Australian Racing: Luck to change for Zelady

There’s three meetings due to take place on Tuesday with Hawkesbury and Mackay’s provincial fixtures supplemented by Benalla’s country meet.

Race 4 Hawkesbury

Zelady Luck @ 12/5

Race 6 Mackay

Sizzling Samurai @ 3/1

Race 7 Benalla

Sheer Lunacy @ 5/1

Luck for Hawkesbury success

The fourth at Hawkesbury is an interesting affair with the 1400m Benchmark 64 event having attracted a field of eight. A soft 5 track is forecast with The Halo sure to have his supporters following three good efforts this spell.

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Brad Widdup’s charge impressed when scoring by three lengths in a 1350m Benchmark 64 contest on a good 4 track at Wyong on his penultimate start. Raced close to the speed that day as was the case when a close second over this trip at Benchmark 68 level at Newcastle earlier this month.

Brett Prebble’s mount should have no issues with the soft 5 track having broken his maiden on a wet track at Bathurst last July. Zelady Luck may prove more of an issue however with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly preferred dropping from metro level.

The pick showed good form when winning under claiming rider Amy McLucas over 1250m at Benchmark 72 level at Randwick Kensington at the start of December. Disappointed at Randwick subsequently but has returned to form with two close up defeats since.

Second of those defeats came when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths into fourth over 1400m in a Warwick Farm Benchmark 72 event. Zelady Luck has no issue with the going having won on wet tracks in the past and tackling an easier event is taken to return to winning ways.

Samurai to break maiden

Shezablast looks likely to jump as favourite for the sixth at Mackay. The race in question is a maiden handicap with a good 4 track forecast for the 1300m contest.

Chris Anderson’s filly has shown solid placed form at Townsville of late finishing in the places in all three starts at the track including when third over 1400m at the end of last month.

Nathan Day is a positive jockey booking here but a draw in barrier eight isn’t ideal with Sizzling Samurai taken to get the better of the filly. Trainer Nick Walsh boasts an impressive 64% strike-rate (14/22) at this venue in the last year with his charge having taken a step forward when racing first up this spell.

That effort came when beaten less than two lengths into third in a 1300m Rockhampton maiden held on a soft 6 track last month. Raced close to the speed that day with the return to sprinting appearing to suit.

Notably the gelding had a number of his rivals here behind him last time out and with a good draw in four he looks up to taking this with Tahlia Fenlon up for the first time.

Lunacy to double up

The seventh at Benalla plays host to our third and final selection. The 2040m Benchmark 58 handicap has attracted a field of 12 with the weights headed by the Nathan Dunn-trained Running Cloud.

Running Cloud has plenty of experience with 33 starts to his name and showed solid form when third over 1724m at Restricted 64 level at Sale earlier this month. Has a wide draw to overcome here however and is overlooked in favour of Sheer Lunacy.

The least experienced runner in the field the selection failed to shine when 11th over 1590m at Wangaratta when debuting at the end of December.

Left that effort well behind upped to 1606m here subsequently when delivering a near three length victory on a soft 6 surface. Defied a slow start on that occasion but finished strongly under her rider here Hannah Edgley that day.

Highly promising claimer Edgley keeps the ride and with the extra distance looking likely to suit her mount is taken to double up on handicap debut.

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