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Australian Racing: The Coast Hanger eyeing Taree triumph

There are seven meetings set to take place on Friday, including metro fixtures at both Canterbury and Moonee Valley.

Race 7 Canterbury

Arale @ 5.50

Race 4 Moonee Valley

Greyt Mumma @ 4.20

Race 7 Taree

The Coat Hanger @ 6.00

Arale for Canterbury glory

The penultimate race on the Canterbury card is a 1550m Benchmark 78 handicap due to take place on a good 4 track. 

Nash Rawiller takes the ride on Kokoro, with the gelding having shown good form at metro level in the past, including when winning over 1400m at Randwick Kensington just over a year ago.

The five-year-old has placed second three times since, including when racing first up in the Moruya Cup over 1425m at Moruya last month.

The gelding raced on a heavy 8 surface on that occasion and, while the good going expected here is no issue, the in-form ARALE is preferred for the Benjamin Smith team.

The mare saves her best for this track, winning twice this spell with both of those triumphs coming over this distance in Benchmark 72 handicap races for fillies. 

The second of those victories saw her triumph by a narrow margin when contesting a seven runner event on a good 4 track there earlier this month. 

The daughter of Foxwedge is versatile with regard to tactics and an inside barrier is a positive in this event. 

The booking of Sam Clipperton is a positive and he looks capable of steering his mount to her third win from four starts at this venue. 

Mumma for victory 

The fourth race at Moonee Valley is a 955m Benchmark 70 handicap with Arctic Fairy expected to have her supporters having shown improvement with racing this spell.

Eighth of nine when racing over 1000m down the straight at Flemington first up this time around, the filly has been beaten less than a length on both subsequent starts.

The second of those saw her come from off the pace when half-a-length second in a similar race to this over course and distance on 2nd February.

The Zoustar filly has a wide alley to overcome here however and looks opposable, with GREYT MUMMA the pick on this occasion.

Jamie Kah has been in the saddle for each of the selection’s two most recent starts, including when winning over 1000m in a Benchmark 70 handicap at Sandown Hillside on her penultimate start.

The four-year-old failed to shine when jumping at odds of $14 for the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes over 1000m at Caulfield subsequently. 

The drop in grade is a positive for the daughter of Capitalist who showed solid form when third over 1000m here first up this spell.

The Anthony & Sam Freedman team can boast an impressive 29% strike-rate (9/31) in sprints here in the last 12 months and their representative looks capable of helping them improve on that. 

Coat to triumph at Taree

A heavy 8 track is expected at Taree, with the seventh race of the day a competitive looking Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place over 1400m.

Tas Morton saddles THE COAT HANGER here, with the filly having placed third in two of her three starts since returning from a spell.

The selection was beaten three lengths over 1300m in a Benchmark 58 handicap at Coffs Harbour first up, prior to a below-par effort upped to Benchmark 66 level at Tamworth subsequently.

The four-year-old gets a drop back in distance, having shown good form when one-and-a-half-lengths third in a 1614m Benchmark 58 handicap here earlier this month. 

The pick raced on a soft 5 track last time out and, while unproven on the heavy ground forecast, she is taken to register her second course win having taken a maiden here in August. 

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