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Australian Racing: Telephone can dial in performance

There are a number of meetings for punters to get stuck into on Thursday including at Bendigo where an eight-race program is scheduled.

Race 5 Bendigo

Telephone @ 4.40

Race 2 Cranbourne

Mohnar @ 2.80

Race 6 Pinjarra

Dark Missile @ 3.20

Telephone to triumph

The fifth race on the Bendigo card is a Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place over 1100m on a good 4 track.

Peter Burgun saddles I Am Geronimo here, with the gelding expected to jump as favourite, following two second-place finishes since returning from a spell.

The first of those saw the five-year-old register a placed effort when contesting a similar race to this over 1000m at this venue on 27th February.

The son of I Am Invincible jumped from barrier seven when beaten less than two lengths on that occasion and went on to race at Moonee Valley next time.

Stepped up to metro level racing, Harry Coffey’s mount lost out by a narrow margin when contesting a 1000m Class 1 handicap on a good 4 surface.

The extra distance here should prove no issue, however, preference is for TELEPHONE who was a winner on debut last time.

The three-year-old had gained plenty of experience in jump outs and barrier trials prior to that debut effort, including when winning a barrier trial at Echuca on 6th February.

The pick contested a 900m event that day having previously registered a number of wins in jump outs.

The son of Cable Bay ran on strongly between horses in the straight to debut with a victory over 1000m at Albury subsequently.

The first two that day came home two lengths clear of the remainder, with that form having been boosted thanks to subsequent wins for the second and eighth.

Adrian Corboy’s gelding puts his unbeaten record on the line here and looks capable of following up under Blaike McDougall.

Mohnar to break maiden

The second race on the Cranbourne card is a 1400m maiden contest for three-year-old fillies set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Divine Thoughts showed ability on her debut, and she is expected to have her supporters for the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman team.

The daughter of So You Think recorded a fifth-place finish when beaten less than two-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m maiden at Yarra Valley on that first start.

The filly jumped as a $2.20 favourite on that occasion and, having been restless in the barriers, she is expected to have improved for the experience.

However, MOHNAR is the selection in this event, having delivered placed efforts on all three starts since debuting with a sixth over 1100m at Geelong in September.

The selection ended her last prep with a third-place finish when contesting a 1400m maiden on a good 4 track at Ballarat in October.

The daughter of Grunt raced from the front in each of her last three starts of that spell and she has a good alley here.

Trainer Gavin Bedggood’s horses have been running well in the main of late and his representative here looks up to saluting under Joe Bowditch.

Missile for Pinjarra glory

The sixth race on the Pinjarra card sees DARK MISSILE set to carry top weight in a 1600m Class 3 handicap event.

Trained by Michael Grantham, the gelding showed good form earlier this prep, completing a double when taking a Benchmark 58+ handicap at Geraldton.

The selection recorded a victory over 1600m that day and was completing a double, having broken his maiden in a 1675m contest at Bunbury prior.

The son of American Pharoah failed in his hat-trick bid at Ascot over 1800m earlier this month but acquitted himself well in finishing fifth that day.

The pick was beaten less than two lengths having jumped at odds of $41 that day and he looks up to returning to winning ways under Natsha Faithfull.

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