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Australian Racing: Spill The Secret to shine

There’s four meetings set to take place on Thursday including provincial fixtures at Ipswich and Albany.

Race 4 Ipswich

Spill The Secret @ 13/5

Race 5 Albany

Artie’s Comet @ 4/1

Race 6 Pakenham

Roma’s Wish @ 5/1

Secret for Ipswich success

The fourth at Ipswich takes the eye with the 1670m Class 1 handicap attracting a field of 11. A good 4 track is expected with Winston Smurfhill expected to have his supporters for the Natalie McCall stable.

The four-year-old has placed on three of his five starts this spell including when runner-up over 1400m in a Class 1 at Sunshine Coast on his penultimate start. Below that form when fading having been upped to 1800m subsequently however. 

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Possible excuses that day given he was hampered and lost a shoe but the in form Spill The Secret is preferred on this occasion.

The four-year-old got off the mark at the tenth attempt when delivering a victory in a 1400m maiden on a good 4 track at Eagle Farm on his penultimate start. That form looks solid enough with the third and fourth home that day both winning subsequently.

The son of Spill The Beans came close to completing a double when delivering a second place finish in a 1400m Class 1 event at Gatton subsequently.

The return of Justin P Stanley, on board for the Eagle Farm victory is a positive here and with a good draw in three the pair are taken to deliver a second victory together.

Comet to double up

Let’sdeal is expected to jump as favourite for the fifth on the Albany card, a 1940m Benchmark 64+ event. The gelding should have no issues with the forecast good 4 track given he has won on a sound surface in the past but it’s notable that he has been out of form in two starts so far this spell.

Down the field when eighth over 1400m at Ascot in December he again suffered a heavy defeat in a 1500m affair at Pinjarra Scarpside at the end of last month. Steve Wolfe’s charge had won all three previous first up starts prior to that Ascot effort and hopes appear to lie with this step up in distance bringing about improvement for Shaun McGruddy’s mount.

Artie’s Comet is the pick in this contest having demonstrated good form in recent starts and a liking for this venue in the past. The Roy Roger’s-trained gelding has won three of his 11 starts at this venue including by half-a-length in a 1600m Class 5 event last month.

Versatile with regards to tactics, the son of Galash came from off the pace to score that day. Had previously tried to make all when narrowly beaten over 1850m at Mt Barker six days earlier.

Regular pilot Chris Nicoll retains the ride and while a draw in ten isn’t ideal he looks capable of delivering a sixth career win.

Wish for Pakenham glory

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team send out the four-year-old filly Israelite Bay in the sixth at Pakenham. The daughter of Sebring took a step forward when finishing third over 1200m here in a Class 1 last month.

Has performed well over the 1400m trip she tackles here and the switch to a Benchmark 58 event should prove no issue. While Mark Zahra’s mount handles good going she has shown her best on soft surfaces and any softening of the ground between now and race time would aid her chances.

Roma’s Wish performed well at this Benchmark 58 level when delivering a second place finish over course and distance on a good 4 track last month. Had previously returned from over 11 months off the track with a fair seventh in a 1200m event at Yarra Glen in December.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor raced from the front when winning here last start but is equally at home racing from off the pace. Boasts a good record at this venue and looks up to delivering a third win in four starts at this track.

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