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Australian Racing: Sorais out to break maiden

There’s three meetings set to take place on Monday including an eight race provincial card at York.

Race 2 York

Sorais @ 6.50

Race 6 Tamworth

Mangoola @ 4.60

Sorais to break maiden for Durrant

The second at York is an interesting 1200m maiden contest. A good 4 surface is forecast for the race with Dark Looks expected to prove popular with punters following two solid runs.

The second of those came when beaten less than three-and-a-half-lengths into third in a 1400m maiden at Ascot last month. Raced in mid-division that day and while he performed well from a wide alley in that contest she looks vulnerable here.

Trainer Adam Durrant had an excellent Saturday saddling three winners and two seconds from his five runners at Ascot and Geraldton. The handler is represented by Sorais in this contest with his charge having made just the one start to date.

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That effort came when contesting a 1300m maiden at Pinjarra in August last year. Fifth of eight on that occasion it’s notable that the runner-up has shown good form since winning four of her six outings.

Heads into this event on the back of a couple of barrier trial efforts at Lark Hill while barrier eight is fair in this event. Brayden Gaerth takes two kilograms off and his mount, a gelding by Safeguard looks capable of breaking his maiden at the second time of asking.

Mangoola to complete double

Forever Jude is expected to jump as favourite for the sixth at Tamworth. The race in question is a 1600m Benchmark 58 contest with a good 4 track expected.

Trainer by Tim McIntosh the six-year-old showed good form when a close up fourth in the 1600m Elders Killara Quirindi Cup over 1600m on a soft 5 track at Quirindi last month.

Jumped at a big price that day but notably had lost five consecutive starts since winning a race at this level over track and trip on a soft 6 track last September. Return to this venue is a positive but Mangoola is preferred with promising claimer Chelsea Hillier taking two kilograms off.

The pick has made just the five starts to date including when taking a Muswellbrook maiden over 1500m at the start of September. The son of Denman tackled a sound surface for the first time when winning by a narrow margin on a good 3 track in a Benchmark 58 event at the same venue last month.

The form of that is working out well with the runner-up scoring since and the Rodney Northam-trained gelding looks capable of completing a double.

Smelisha selected for Wagga glory

The 2000m Benchmark 58 contest at Wagga has cut up some with three scratchings leaving a field of nine to go to post on a good 4 surface. The Pat Murphy stable are represented by Smelisha who was a winner at this level in a 1425m contest at Moruya in January.

The daughter of Savabeel was racing first up on that occasion having won twice in her last spell. The selection has jumped at big prices in two metro races subsequently but has acquitted herself well on each occasion.

The first of those efforts resulted in a near two-and-a-half-length seventh in a 1500m Class 3 at Rosehill on January 28. Shaped as if the 2040m distance wasn’t the issue when sixth in a Benchmark 70 contest at Moonee Valley last month.

This looks a much easier contest and the five-year-old is taken to register a fourth career success.

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