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Australian Racing: Riduna drawn to succeed

There’s plenty of racing on Friday including four metro meetings with Moonee Valley in action plus the Group 3 Kevin Sharkie Bow Mistress at Hobart.

Race 7 Hobart

Riduna @ 7/1

Race 7 Moonee Valley

Red Hot Nicc @ 5/1

Race 2 Canterbury

Linguee @ 5/1

Riduna for Group race glory

The previously mentioned Group 3 Kevin Sharkie Bow Mistress over 1200m at Hobart is the feature race on an eight race card.

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A soft 5 track is expected with Peter Moody’s Dance To Dubai expected to jump as favourite having shown good form at a lower level this spell. The five-year-old completed a Moonee Valley double over this trip when triumphing by two lengths last month.

Raced from the front that day and while she has performed well when ridden with more restraint in the past a wide draw is a concern here. Grade dropper Riduna is preferred for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team here with the pick having shown good form at this level two starts back.

Delivered a half-length second having tried to make all the running when runner-up in the Group 3 Yarraman Park Tibbie Stakes over 1400m at Newcastle that day.

Draw wasn’t ideal at Newcastle and while never a factor upped to Group 2 company for the Golden Pendant over the same trip at Rosehill subsequently she has been given a break since. Jordan Childs’ mount has placed on all three previous starts when racing first up and looks capable of delivering a victory having drawn barrier two here.

Nicc to double up

Eponymous gets a drop in grade for the seventh race on the Moonee Valley card. The race in question is a Benchmark 70 1200m event with the three-year-old having been competing in stakes company on each of his last three starts.

Those stakes efforts included a close second over this track and trip on a soft 6 track back in September. Below that form twice subsequently however including when last of 15 over 1400m at Flemington in early November.

Red Hot Nicc was a winner at this level when last in action three weeks ago and is selected to get the better of the son of I Am Invincible. Phillip Stokes’ charge delivered a victory by just under two lengths over 1100m on a good 3 track on that occasion.

Zac Spain knows the gelding well having won twice and placed twice from five rides on the four-year-old. Well drawn in barrier two here Red Hot Nicc has shown he is effective at this distance in the past and is taken to register a fourth career success.

Linguee for Canterbury triumph

Top weight Sensationalisation is expected to have her supporters ahead of the second at Canterbury.

The daughter of Written Tycoon has a good draw in two ahead of the 1550m Benchmark 72 contest with a soft 7 track expected. Jason Deamer’s mare returned to form with a third, beaten less than a length over 1400m at this level at Warwick Farm two weeks ago.

It’s notable however that she disappointed over this course and distance on a good 4 track prior and with that in mind Linguee is preferred. The five-year-old has been kept busy this spell registering a length win over 1100m at Hawkesbury in a Benchmark 64 event in early December.

The mare has placed on three of her four starts since including when third over 1400m at Newcastle in a Benchmark 64 event on a good 3 track last month.

Has shown a liking for the forecast soft going in the past winning three of her nine starts on going described as soft. Kim Waugh boasting an impressive 29% strike-rate (6/21) here in the last year Jay Ford’s mount is taken to help her improve on that with victory here.

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