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Australian Racing: Red Hawk can swoop for Echuca success

There are five meetings set to take place on Friday including at Echuca where a nine-race card is scheduled.

Race 6 Echuca

Red Hawk @ 4.60

Race 6 Ipswich

Huri Black @ 15.00

Race 8 Tamworth

Le Melody @ 1.60

Hawk to score at Echuca

Doublern drops in grade for the sixth at Echuca and is expected to have his supporters for the Mark & Levi Kavanagh team.

The three-year-old finished down the field when he was beaten by just under three-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m Restricted 64 handicap at Geelong earlier this month.

Prior to that the filly had found metro racing too much, as he was a well beaten ninth over 1200m on a soft 6 track at Caulfield.

However, Brad Rawiller’s mount has been competitive in stronger contests than this before, including when runner-up in a Benchmark 64 event at Geelong in January.

RED HAWK is the pick on this occasion, however, as he showed a liking for soft surfaces when coming a close second in a similar race to this over 1000m at the start of the month.

Trained by Michael Huglin, the four-year-old trialled well when coming home three lengths clear of his seven rivals in a 950m trial at Traralgon subsequently.

While there are some concerns about the 1200m distance here, the gelding kept on well having raced from the rear of mid-division last time and is taken to go one better in this event.

Huri to complete double 

The sixth race at Ipswich is a competitive looking Benchmark 65 handicap for three-year-olds.

The race is set to take place over 1666m on a good 4 surface, with Dark Harmony likely to start favourite for trainer Chris Munce.

The gelding finished down the field at big odds in a 1200m Listed contest at Eagle Farm three starts back, but showed signs of a return to form when third in a Class 2 at Sunshine Coast on 16th July.

The blinkers are removed here and Dark Harmony looks opposable stepping up in trip. 

There’s no hotter trainer in the country right now than Pat Webster, with the handler winning with six of his last eight runners.

While the bulk of the trainer's winners have come at minor venues, he is more than capable of saddling provincial and metro winners as evidenced by Rejoiced’s win at Eagle Farm recently.

HURI BLACK is Webster’s representative in this contest, with the gelding appreciating the drop from metro racing when delivering a head success in a Benchmark 62 handicap at Warwick on 6th July.

That success came on a soft 6 track and, while any softening of the ground would aid her prospects, it’s notable that her only previous start on the forecast good 4 going came at Eagle Farm last month.

Leslie Tilley rode the pick to victory in the previously mentioned Warwick contest and the pair are taken to complete a double.  

Melody to triumph at Tamworth 

LE MELODY is expected to prove hard to beat in the finale at Tamworth.

The filly was last seen finishing a highly respectable sixth having raced close to the pace in the Listed Ortensia Stakes over 1100m at Scone in May.

The Cody Morgan-trained filly had previously delivered a victory by over one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1000m handicap at Muswellbrook when racing first up the previous month.

The four-year-old has been freshened since that Scone sixth, with her only public trial coming when victorious by a length over 800m at Muswellbrook last month.

The drop in grade here is a positive and the daughter of Your Song looks capable of returning to winning ways. 

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