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Australian Racing: Lulu can be the Darling of Pakenham

There are five meetings set to take place on Thursday including at Ipswich where a soft 5 track is expected for their eight-race card.

Race 5 Ipswich

All Stashed Up @ 6.50

Race 8 Pakenham

Lulu Darling @ 5.00

Race 7 Goulburn

Sir Ming @ 2.10

Stashed for Ipswich glory

The fifth race at Ipswich is one of two 800m races on the card with the race in question a Benchmark 62 handicap. 

This Is One is expected to prove popular, having shown up well in both starts this spell including when half-a-length third in a small field track and trip contest first up.

The four-year-old encountered just four rivals when racing from the front in a Class 4 handicap held on a good 4 track.

The gelding showed that a soft 5 surface was no issue when beaten less than a length into fourth under similar tactics in a Class 3 wet weights event at Sunshine Coast on 27th January. 

However, ALL STASHED UP is preferred here for the Jennifer Fraser stable, having shown a liking for this course and distance when winning by a length earlier this month. 

The selection steps up in grade here, having contested a Benchmark 60 handicap on that occasion but should have no issue, having run well when fourth in a similar race to this here last August.

The daughter of Better Than Ready performed well when winning from off the pace last time and similar tactics look likely from barrier 10. 

Jai Williams’ mount was taking his first up record to three wins from four starts when victorious last time out and looks up to completing a double. 

Lulu to double up

The finale on the Pakenham card is a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Promising apprentice Jaylah Kennedy takes three kilograms off Lievore, with the mare expected to have her supporters on her first start of 2024.

The five-year-old was the winner of a metro contest over 1600m when contesting a Benchmark 78 handicap on a soft 5 track at Moonee Valley in August.

The mare has been off the track since failing to shine at the same venue subsequently and she has shown up well here in the past, having won over 1600m at this circuit in February last year.

However, Nikki Burke’s mare has a wide barrier here and that is far from ideal, given she is usually ridden close to the speed.

With that above in mind, LULU DARLING is the pick here for trainer Michael Huglin and apprentice Dakotah Keane.

Huglin and Keane were on the mark at this track with Writey O’Pal a week ago and their representative has her third start of this prep in this contest.

The pick resumed with a last of eight over an inadequate 1100m when contesting a Benchmark 70 handicap at Flemington at the start of last month.

The six-year-old showed a marked improvement in form when coming home over two-lengths clear of her rivals in a 1206m Benchmark 64 handicap at Geelong later that month. 

The form of that Geelong contest is working out well, with the second Freeways and fourth Hughie both winning subsequently and the selection is selected to complete a double. 

Ming for Goulburn glory

There’s an eight-race card set to take place at Goulburn with the Danielle Seib-trained SIR MING having shown good form so far this spell, including when second at Canberra on 12th January.

That Canberra effort saw the four-year-old beaten two lengths, having raced close to the speed on a good 4 surface.

The son of Shalaa made amends for that defeat when delivering a victory by over three-and-a-half-lengths in a 1300m Class 4 handicap on a good 4 surface here later that month.

The selection raced from the front last time out and similar tactics are expected jumping from an inside barrier.

Jockey Benjamin Osmond takes two kilograms off and he looks capable of steering the pick to his third career win. 

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