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Australian Racing: Midori Burly targets win number three

There’s five meetings due to take place on Thursday including eight race cards at Gosford, Pakenham and Ipswich.

Race 6 Ipswich

Aquarius @ 9/5

Race 2 Pakenham

Dundancer @ 15/8

Burly for Gosford glory

The fifth at Gosford is an interesting looking 1600m Benchmark 64 contest. A soft 5 surface is forecast at the New South Wales venue.

Rachel King’s mount Fairway Star is expected to have her supporters having followed up a maiden success on a soft 5 surface at Beaumont with two third place finishes.

The second of those placed efforts came at this level when upped to this trip for the first time at Newcastle last month. Well drawn in barrier five for handler Bjorn Baker the daughter of Spieth rates a leading player in this field.

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Stablemate Midori Burly is expected to have too much for the filly however having won two of his five starts to date. The pick is another who is proven in the wet having scored by half-a-length on a soft 5 track at Goulburn last month.

That victory came at Benchmark 58 level and while he steps up in grade here he is taken to score with a wide barrier no issue given the hold up tactics usually employed on the gelding.

Aquarius for Ipswich success

The sixth at Ipswich looks to be a competitive 1600m Class 2 handicap. A soft 6 surface is forecast with Heleva Deel expected to jump as favourite. Mark Currie’s charge has shown good form on sound surfaces this spell placing on each of his three starts. 

Two of those have come over this trip at Gatton including in a Class 4 event on 21st January. Notably however the five-year-old mare has placed on just two of her seven starts on soft going and with that in mind Aquarius is preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Matthew Dunn Aquarius won by a narrow margin in an 1100m maiden on a good 4 track here first up this spell. Subsequently put a sixth at Benchmark 65 level behind her when upped to 1400m to finish runner-up in a Class 2 contest at Ballina last month.

Raced from off the pace at Ballina and shaped as if she would stay further while the Headwater filly has shown a liking for soft going when third on a soft 5 track at Grafton last July.

Dancer to break maiden

Crimson Light has shown solid form in three starts so far and is expected to prove popular in the second at Pakenham. The race in question is a 1600m maiden contest with a good 4 surface forecast.

Michael Kent’s filly has finished fourth on two of her three starts to date including when beaten two-and-a-half-lengths over this trip on a good 4 track at Cranbourne in December.

Freshened up since that effort Carleen Hefel takes the ride for the first time with the pair expected to find that the once-raced Dundancer has too much on this occasion. The Dundeel filly show plenty of ability when debuting with a close up fourth place finish over 1400m on a good 4 surface here last month.

Expected to have improved for that experience while the step up in distance is expected to suit. Handler John Sadler does well at this venue with a 41% strike-rate (9/22) here in the last year and with a fair draw in seven his filly is taken to score under Jordan Childs.

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