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Australian Racing: Tiger can Roar to Taree triumph

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday with wet tracks expected at all four.

Race 1 Taree

Tigers Roar @ 2.30 

Race 7 Orange

Brief Statement @ 5.50 

Race 5 Rockhampton

Canny Be Better @ 4.60

Tiger to salute

The opening contest on the Taree card is a 1312m Class 1 handicap with Taking The Mikki expected to have his supporters.

The five-year-old has finished in the top five in each of his last four starts, placing third in two of those outings.

The most recent of those two efforts came when the gelding was beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths when contesting a 1300m Class 1 handicap at this venue last month.

The gelding raced on a heavy 8 track on that occasion and should have no issues with the soft 5 surface, having performed well quicker going in the past.

However, he is expected to find the three-year-old TIGERS ROAR too strong in this contest, with the pick having performed well at metro level in his last spell.

The selection was placed at both Eagle Farm and Doomben when racing in sprint maiden races in July last year, prior to scoring at the first named venue in August.

That Eagle Farm victory came by one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1400m maiden contest held on a good 4 track, with the selection spelled subsequently.

Gregory Hickman’s gelding has failed to shine in two starts this spell, however, the first of those came in a 1250m metro handicap at Randwick Kensington.

Aaron Bullock’s mount has a good barrier here and is selected to double his career tally

Statement for success

Orange are set to stage the most valuable card with the penultimate race on the eight-race schedule a competitive looking 1010m Benchmark 58 handicap.

Bjorn Baker sends out Desperately for her first start of 2024 here and she is expected to jump as favourite on just her fifth career start.

The filly failed to shine at Gold Coast when debuting just under a year ago but showed better form when winning first up at Taree over around this distance in July.

The three-year-old raced on a soft 5 track that day and went on to lose out by a narrow margin over 1000m at Scone subsequently.

The youngster has been off the track since finishing sixth, having jumped at odds of $41 for an 1100m metro handicap at Randwick at the end of July.

Top weight BRIEF STATEMENT is the pick here however, with the mare having shown good form on wet tracks in the past, including when runner-up over 1100m at Wellington last May.

The mare raced on a heavy 8 track that day and she has proven to be effective on quicker going when placing third at Coonamble over the same distance in June.

Alison Smith’s representative has been off the track since a below par seventh at Bathurst in July but has gone well fresh in the past placing second in two of her three starts.

William Stanley takes one-and-a-half-kilograms off the pick’s back here and jumping from barrier seven she is taken to deliver her fourth career win.

Better to score at Rockhampton

The Silas Green-trained CANNY BE BETTER has been performing well at Rockhampton this spell placing in each of his last four starts at the track.

Those efforts include a good second when racing over 1300m on a soft 7 track in a Restricted 65 handicap earlier this month.

The pick switches to a Benchmark 60 event here, while the step up in trip is no issue, having placed second over course and distance on his penultimate start.

Justin Stanley’s mount has underfoot conditions to suit and, while barrier eight isn’t ideal, he looks capable of delivering the third win of his career.

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