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Australian Racing: Pretty Vegas can light up Wagga

There are seven meetings set to take place on Friday including at Sunshine Coast where a heavy 8 track is expected.

Race 4 Sunshine Coast

King Yoshi @ 2.90

Race 5 Wagga

Pretty Vegas @ 7.00

Race 6 Port Augusta

Al Ranchero @ 2.60

King to rule at Sunshine Coast

The fourth race of the day at Sunshine Coast is a 1000m Benchmark 62 handicap contest restricted to three-year-old’s.

Chris Waller saddles Superokay here, with the gelding having broken his maiden in an 1100m maiden at Murwillumbah when debuting in December.

That victory came on a good 3 track, with the gelding failing to shine in finishing last on wet surfaces on both subsequent starts.

The youngster wears blinkers for the first time here, however, he looks opposable having been beaten over eight lengths in an 1100m Benchmark 62 handicap at Ipswich earlier this month.

Billy Healey’s KING YOSHI is preferred in this contest, with the gelding having demonstrated a liking for this venue in the past.

The pick followed up a close third here on debut in March last year with a half-length success over this course and distance on a good 4 track the following month.

While the son of Supido was off for just under a year following that win, he has demonstrated a liking for a wet surface in two starts here this prep.

The first of those saw him record a good fourth in a track and trip handicap on a heavy 8 track on 12th April.

The selection encountered similar underfoot conditions when runner-up in a Benchmark 58 handicap just under two weeks later.

James Orman’s mount is versatile with regard to tactics and is taken to double his career tally jumping from an inside barrier.

Vegas for Wagga glory

The fifth race on the Wagga card is a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap and Hulm is expected to jump as favourite on just his fourth career start.

The gelding started at short odds for his debut at Kembla Grange back in December 2022 but failed to shine that day and was off for over 16 months following that effort.

He broke his maiden by a narrow margin when making all over 1000m here at the start of the month and went close to following up when runner-up at Albury subsequently.

However, Ross Purcell’s gelding has a wide barrier and preference is for the filly PRETTY VEGAS.

The pick registered her most recent victory when racing on a heavy 8 track in a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap at Queanbeyan in December.

The daughter of Exosphere has made just two starts subsequently, including when finishing eighth on a good 4 surface when racing in an 1100m Class 3 metro handicap at Rosehill the following month.

The filly had to race wide and was slowly away when ending her last prep with a last of nine over 1200m here in January and she has won first up in the past.

Trainer Joe Clery’s horses are in good form at present, with the handler boasting a 33% strike-rate (4/12) in the last 30 days and his runner here looks up to adding to those wins.

Ranchero for victory

Port Augusta are set to stage a seven-race card with the sixth race a 1498m Benchmark 56 handicap event.

AL RANCHERO takes the eye here having shown good form at this venue in three starts this prep.

The first of those saw the gelding beaten just under three-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m Benchmark 56 handicap on a good surface here in April.

Al Ranchero has delivered second place finishes in both subsequent starts, including when narrowly beaten over this course and distance on 17th May.

The five-year-old contested a Restricted 56 handicap on that occasion and, with a good barrier in six, here he looks capable of returning to winning ways under Caitlin Tootell.

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