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Australian Racing: Secret Spy can seek out Gosford success

There are six meetings set to take place on Friday including at Cranbourne where an eight-race card is scheduled.

Race 6 Cranbourne

Signal @ 6.50 

Race 7 Gosford

Secret Spy @ 4.40 

Race 5 Hamilton

Jack Knows Best @ 7.00

Signal to salute at Cranbourne

The sixth race on the Cranbourne card is an interesting 1300m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Trainer Enver Jusufovic has his horses in good form currently, with the handler sending out four winners from his 17 runners in the last 30 days.

Masterful represents the trainer here, with the gelding having won two of his last four starts, including when successful by a length in a similar race to this over 1400m on 29th December.

The five-year-old won by a length on a good 3 track on that occasion and has an inside barrier, with the softer going forecast for this contest no issue.

However, Luke Cartwright’s mount looks a short price here and SIGNAL is the pick with Damian Lane an eye-catching jockey booking.

The gelding won twice over 1100m on the synthetic track at Ballarat last year, including when taking out a Benchmark 58 handicap by a narrow margin in early June.

The selection went on to complete a hat-trick when successful in a 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap at Mornington when racing first up this time around.

The son of Danerich has found metro company too hot in both subsequent starts, including when seventh over 1200m at Moonee Valley on 30th December.

The drop in grade is in Matt Laurie’s gelding’s favour and he is selected to return to winning ways. 

Spy for Gosford success 

The concluding race at Gosford is a 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap expected to be held on a good 4 track.

Apprentice Molly Bourke takes three kilograms off the pace of Treize, with the filly expected to jump as favourite having won two of her three starts to date.

The first of those wins saw her break her maiden over 1400m when racing on a good 4 track at Kembla Grange in June last year.

The four-year-old duly completed a double on her seasonal reappearance, when taking out a Benchmark 64 handicap held over 1250m at Randwick Kensington on 1st December.

John Sargent’s mare confirmed that she handles wet tracks when victorious on a soft 6 surface on that occasion and, while she looks to hold strong claims, SECRET SPY is preferred.

The gelding is a regular at this venue with six of his last eight starts coming at this track, including when breaking his maiden over 1200m in July last year.

The five-year-old’s only victory from four subsequent starts came when successful by a length in an 1100m Benchmark 64 handicap on 5th October.

The pick was spelled following that triumph and, having prepped for this with a barrier trial win at Beaumont a week ago, he is taken to defy a wide alley to complete a double. 

Jack to salute at Hamilton

Hamilton’s fifth race is a competitive looking 2200m Benchmark 58 handicap with JACK KNOWS BEST looking capable of delivering a victory.

The seven-year-old failed to shine over shorter distances in his first two starts this time around but took a step forward when runner-up over this track and trip on 12th December.

The selection took a marked step forward when losing out narrowly in a similar race to this held on a good 4 track on that occasion

The gelding went on to fill the same position when contesting a 2105m Benchmark 58 handicap at Terang just under two weeks ago.

Apprentice Dakotah Keane takes a valuable two kilograms off and she looks up to steering the son of Ghibellines to victory. 

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