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Australian Racing: Piece Of Turf to extend winning run

There’s five meetings set to take place on Thursday including provincial action from Kembla Grange.

Race 5 Kembla Grange

Piece Of Turf @ 9/1

Race 1 Pakenham

Jessup @ 11/5

Race 5 Gatton

Terrius @ 11/4

Turf to complete four-timer

The fifth race on the Kembla Grange is an intriguing 1300m Benchmark 64 event. While there have been three scratchings from the original 17 horse field there remains three last start winners in the contest.

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Golden Age is expected to start as favourite having won at metro level when breaking his maiden over 1400m at Warwick Farm in October. Encountered a soft 5 track when delivering on that occasion but disappointed when last of six on a good 4 surface over the same trip at Newcastle ten days later.

Spelled since he has an inside alley here should jockey Zac Lloyd wish to attempt to make all on him as has been the case on the geldings two most recent starts. Zouologist, one of the last start winners and Musume are both front runners and with that in mind the top weight looks opposable.

Piece Of Turf is unbeaten in three starts since teaming up with jockey Scott Pollard and the four-year-old is preferred on this occasion. The daughter of Albrecht broke her maiden over 1000m on a good 4 track at Sapphire Coast in December prior to following up by a narrow margin in a 1010m Class 1 event at Moruya.

The step up to 1200m proved no issue with the pick delivering a victory by just under a length on a soft 5 surface in a Benchmark 60 event earlier this month. Benjamin Smith’s filly should have no issue with the extra 100m here and is selected to continue her winning run.

Jessup to break maiden

Pakenham plays host to an eight race card opening with a 1200m maiden plate. A good 4 track is forecast with Jessup selected to break his maiden. The gelding has shown good form in all three starts to date including when beaten two lengths into second in a valuable maiden over this course and distance at the start of the month.

The selection raced prominently on that occasion as was the case when third over 1143m at Geelong when encountering a good 4 surface prior. Jessup found only the front-running Scuderia too strong when contesting that Geelong event with jockey Michael Dee taking the ride for the first time here.

Grahame Begg’s charge looks the pick of the horses to have run to date and with race experience to his name looks up to getting the better of the unraced War Front colt War Frontier.

Terrius for Gatton glory

Gatton is set to stage a nine race card with the fifth race a 1400m Benchmark 65 contest. Mark Currie’s Zadig is expected to be fancied in the markets dropping down from metro level following a down the field effort over 1500m at Rosehill on December 3.

Spelled since that effort the four-year-old is making his debut for Currie but notably has failed to score in two previous first up starts. While he may rectify that on his first outing for a new trainer Terrius is preferred here.

The selection was beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths when fifth over this track and trip in a higher grade when racing first up last month. Followed up with a good third in a Benchmark 65 affair over 1540m on the polytrack at Gold Coast subsequently.

Raced from the front on each occasion and while barrier eight isn’t ideal he looks capable of overcoming that inconvenience to deliver a third up success.

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