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Australian Racing: Monastery can answer supporters’ prayers

There are three meetings due to take place on Tuesday with Wyong, Benalla and Townsville all set to play host to racing action.

Race 8 Wyong

Triskelion @ 3.60

Race 7 Benalla

Svaneke @ 7.00

Race 2 Townsville

Monastery @ 3.80

Triskelion for Wyong success

The finale at Wyong is a competitive looking 1100m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

The Matthew Smith-trained Mon Pierre is expected to have his supporters, having placed second at this Benchmark 64 level when contesting a 900m handicap at Newcastle last month.

The four-year-old has recorded two solid fifth place finishes since then, including in a Benchmark 72 handicap over this distance on a good 4 track at Canterbury on 9th February. 

The son of Pierro has a wide barrier here and the twice-raced TRISKELION is preferred, with improvement expected on just his third career start.

The colt made a winning debut when victorious by one-and-a-half-lengths in an 1100m maiden on a good 4 track at Canterbury early last month.

The form of that seven-runner contest is working out well, with the runner-up and sixth both registering victories on their only subsequent starts.

The selection himself showed that he can be competitive against winners, when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths into fourth in a Benchmark 64 handicap over this trip at Gosford.

The Ocean Park colt raced close to the speed on that occasion, with Joshua Parr up for the first time on the pick’s first outing on soft going. 

The three-year-old hails from the Peter & Paul Snowden stable and he can help the pair boost in their 33% strike-rate (12/36) with their runners at this venue in the last 12 months.  

Dyer mare to salute at Benalla

The seventh race at Benalla is a 2100m Benchmark 58 handicap, with a field 13 declared for the event. 

Archie Alexander sends out Myers Reward here with the gelding expected to have his supporters following an eighth over 1741m at Geelong when racing first up.

The six-year-old was beaten two-and-a-half-lengths on that occasion and, while improvement is expected, SVANEKE is the pick to record a win for the Neil Dyer team.

The mare has placed second on three of her six starts this spell, including when beaten two lengths in a similar race to this over 1590m on a good 3 track at Wodonga earlier this month.

While you have to go back to 2022 to find the last time the daughter of Magnus ran over 2000m or more, she did win over 2082m at Moe that year and should have no issues on the stamina front. 

That Moe victory came on a soft 7 track and, jumping form an inside barrier, the seven-year-old is selected to salute under apprentice Beau Treloar.   

Monastery for Townsville success

The second race on the Townsville card is a 1609m Benchmark 58 handicap with MONASTERY taking the eye on this occasion.

The gelding was the winner of a Benchmark 65 handicap over 2000m on a good 4 track in August last year and he was spelled following a close sixth over 1800m at Home Hill later that month.

The four-year-old was doing his best work late on when runner-up in a 1470m Benchmark 60 handicap at Bowen when racing first up and is expected to have improved for that run. 

Trainer Les Gordy can boast an impressive 37% strike-rate (7/19) with his runners here in the last 12 months and his representative here can help him improve on that.

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