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Australian Racing: Seahaven can sail to Gilgandra glory

There are seven meetings set to take place on Sunday including at Warrnambool where an eight-race card is scheduled.

Race 4 Warrnambool

Active Duty @ 2.30 

Race 3 Gilgandra

Seahaven @ 4.60 

Race 5 Lismore

Milton Road @ 2.10

Duty for Warrnambool success 

The fourth race of the day at Warrnambool is an interesting 1700m maiden contest set to take place over 1700m.

A good 4 track is expected for the race, with Maddie Raymond’s Kimmorley expected to have his supporters having placed in two of his four starts to date.

The first of those saw the four-year-old place second when beaten two lengths in a 2210m maiden at Donald last July.

The gelding raced on a heavy 8 track that day and tackled a sound surface for the first time when a length third in a Terang maiden held on a good 4 track last month.

The son of Rip Van Winkle raced on a good 4 track that day and should have no issues dropping back in trip here. 

However, Lindsey Smith’s ACTIVE DUTY is preferred on this occasion, having demonstrated plenty of ability on his only previous start. 

The gelding came from off the pace to deliver a second-place finish, having been slowly away when contesting a 1400m maiden on a good 4 track at this venue on 31st December.

The selection was a major eye-catcher when finding only a more experienced rival too good on that occasion and he is expected to have improved for that experience. 

Jockey Fred Kersley retains the ride here and, with the step up in distance expected to suit and an insider barrier a positive, he is taken to break his maiden at the second attempt. 

Seahaven to salute at Gilgandra

The third race at Gilgandra is an 1800m Class 3 handicap due to take place on a good 4 track.

Clint Lundholm saddles Stockholm in this contest, with the gelding expected to be fancied having won two of his five previous starts.

The first of those saw the three-year-old salute by over six lengths when contesting a 1375m maiden on a soft 7 track at Cowra on 25th November.

The three-year-old duly followed up when stepped up to 1600m for a Class 1 set weights contest held on a good 4 track at Warren the following month.

Michael Heagney’s mount made all at Warren and, stepping up in distance and making his first start in a handicap, he is expected to find SEAHAVEN too strong.

The pick raced twice in metro company at Rosehill earlier this spell finishing held on each occasion, however, he has finished in the first four in all four subsequent outings.

The most recent of those came when delivering a fourth-place finish in a Benchmark 66 handicap held on a soft 5 track at Tamworth on Christmas Eve.

The extra distance should prove no issue for the five-year-old, who placed second over 2100m when racing at the same venue back in August.

Braith Nock, on board for two third-place finishes in November, returns to the saddle here and he is taken to steer the pick to victory with connections applying blinkers to his mount for this event. 

Road to complete double

Trainer Matthew Dunn saddles MILTON ROAD in the fifth race at Lismore, with the gelding having shown improvement with racing this spell.

The four-year-old resumed with a fifth in a 1000m maiden at Ballina, while he followed that up with a close up fourth over the same distance at Sunshine Coast on 3rd December.

The gelding appeared to appreciate the step back up in distance, when saluting by two-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m contest held on a good 3 track at Murwillumbah subsequently.

The switch to front-running tactics saw the son of Darci Brahma break his maiden on that occasion and he is taken to follow up with Brodie Loy, on board that day, again in the saddle. 

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