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Australian Racing: Sawnoff to break maiden at third attempt

There’s three meetings due to take place on Monday with action from Armidale, Sapphire Coast and Warrnambool to look at.

Race 2 Armidale

Sawnoff @ 6/1

Race 3 Sapphire Coast

Hello Jack @ 11/2

Race 5 Warrnambool

Rich Paris @ 11/10

Sawnoff to break maiden

The second at Armidale is an interesting 1300m maiden handicap contest. A good 4 track is expected for the 13 runner affair with My Water Lilly expected to have her supporters. 

The five-year-old has demonstrated solid form in two starts since teaming up with jockey Vad Bolozhinskyi, finishing runner-up on each occasion.

The second of those outings came when beaten by less than three lengths in a 1400m maiden at Tamworth earlier this month.

However it’s worth noting that with 14 starts to her name, Allan Foran’s charge has had plenty of chances and it’s worth looking elsewhere for the winner of this contest.

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Top weight Sawnoff has far less experience with just two starts to his name so far. The pick debuted when an eighth place finish over 1050m at Inverell at the start of last month.

Never involved on that occasion, he showed up better when racing from the front prior to fading into sixth over 1200m at Tamworth subsequently.

Handler Cody Morgan boasts an impressive 38% strike-rate (5/13) here in the last year, and with improvement likely, his gelding can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Jack to score at Sapphire Coast

Sapphire Coast’s third race is a competitive looking 1208m Class 2 contest. A soft 5 track is forecast with last start winner Heart Of Vancouver expected to begin favourite.

The gelding has won two of his three starts to date including by half-a-length when taking out a Class 2 event on a good 3 track over 1000m here last month. 

Jessica Taylor, on board that day, is again in the saddle with her mounted having suffered his only defeat when sixth over 1000m at Goulburn last September.

The son of Vancouver should have no issues with the softer ground forecast here having broken his maiden on a soft 7 surface over 1000m at Canberra at the start of September.

A wide draw in ten and the step up in distance may prove more troublesome given he is a free going sort, and he looks opposable in this event.

The Scott Collings-trained Hello Jack has performed well on both starts since returning in 2023. The first of those came when beaten by less than three lengths into fourth over 1010m in a Class 1 contest at Moruya.

While the son of Super One has performed well at 1000m in the past he is generally better over a further distance, so it was no surprise to see him show improved form over 1400m here last time.

That effort resulted in a narrow defeat when runner-up in a Class 1 contest on January 28. Shaun Guymer’s mount is well drawn in four here, and with a good record on wet tracks looks capable of doubling his career tally.

Paris to complete treble

Rich Paris looks capable of completing a hat-trick when she lines up in the fifth at Warnambool. The race in question is a 1000m Benchmark 58 event with a good 4 surface expected.

The selection will be familiar to Warnambool punters having won both starts at the track this spell. The first of those efforts came when breaking his maiden by nearly two lengths over this course and distance in December.

The daughter of Danerich duly followed up when taking a Benchmark 64 event over the same track and trip at the start of this month. Both of those efforts came on good 4 tracks with her jockey here Luke Williams on the saddle. 

While Neutralize has raced from the front in the past she has been ridden with more restraint in recent starts, and the pick should be capable of making all from barrier two.

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