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Australian Racing: The Old Lion can roar to Cranbourne win

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

Race 5 Cranbourne

The Old Lion @ 6.50 

Race 3 Gunnedah

Takanakuy @ 3.00 

Race 6 Wagga

Amen Brother @ 3.50

Lion to score at Cranbourne

The fifth race on the Cranbourne card is an interesting 2025m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a good 4 track.

Grand Touraine is expected to have her supporters from an inside barrier for the Mick Nolan team.

The four-year-old broke her maiden when racing at metro level in a 1600m contest at Moonee Valley in November.

Paying $21 for the win when making all the running on a soft 5 track that day, the filly has gone on to register fourth place finishes at Mornington in both subsequent starts.

The second of those saw her beaten just over three lengths when contesting a 1500m Restricted 64 handicap held on a good 4 track there on 28th December.

While Luke Cartwright’s three kilogram claim is useful here she is stepping up markedly in distance and confirmed stayer THE OLD LION is preferred.

Trained by Rory Hunter, The Old Lion broke his maiden when racing over 2200m in a maiden on the synthetic surface at Pakenham last July.

The selection came home over one-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals on that occasion and didn’t appear to appreciate the change of tactics when last of 12 at Sandown Lakeside subsequently.

The four-year-old dropped back to 1500m when finishing one place behind Grand Touraine in the previously mentioned Restricted 64 handicap on his return to action last month.

The pick is expected to have improved for that effort and stepping back in distance is selected to record his second career win.  

Takanakuy for Gunnedah glory

A soft 5 track is expected at Gunnedah with the third race on the card a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap event.

Apprentice Mitch Stapleford takes three kilograms off the back of Storm’s End, who has shown good form in her two starts this spell.

The filly, a winner over 1100m in a Scone maiden in July last year, has placed third in both of her starts this time around, including when racing first up back at Scone in November.

The daughter of Pariah was beaten just over a length that day, however, she was a beaten favourite when tackling a small field 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap at Gosford subsequently.

TAKANAKUY is expected to prove hard to beat from an inside alley however, having won two of her three starts this spell.

The pick followed up a narrow win at Benchmark 58 level at Narromine in October, with a neck second when contesting a Benchmark 50 handicap at Tamworth the following month.

Trained by Melissa Dennett, the selection overcame crowding at the start to return to winning ways when saluting by one-and-a-half-lengths back in a Benchmark 58 handicap at Gosford last month.

The daughter of Outreach has been freshened since that effort and, with the runner-up that day winning subsequently, she is taken to complete a double. 

Brother to triumph

The penultimate race on the Wagga card is a 1300m Class 1 handicap due to take place on a good 4 track.

AMEN BROTHER showed a liking for this venue in his last spell including when third over 1200m in a set weights maiden contest here in January last year.

The selection went on to break his maiden in impressive fashion, having come home two-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals over this course and distance later that month.

The five-year-old has made just the one subsequent appearance, with that coming when fourth in a similar race to this over track and trip on 5th January.

A change of tactics saw Doug Gorrel’s gelding race from off the pace on that occasion and, with improvement expected second up, he looks capable of registering a victory in this event. 

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