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Australian Racing: Topspin can bowl over rivals

There are five meetings set to take place on Friday, including at Goulburn where an eight-race card is scheduled.

Race 8 Goulburn

Sass ‘N’ Cheek @ 3.50

Race 4 Cranbourne

Topspin @ 5.00

Race 5 Geelong

Spare Coin @ 4.00

Cheek to complete double

The finale at Goulburn is a 1400m Benchmark 58 handicap with Deni Gal expected to have her supporters following placed efforts in four of her last five starts.

The most recent of those saw the six-year-old lose out by two lengths when third in a 1460m Benchmark 58 handicap at Queanbeyan earlier this month.

While Terry Robinson’s mare is usually ridden from off the pace, she raced closer to the speed that day with Nick Heywood, on board that day, again in the saddle here.

Louise Day’s mount SASS ‘N’ CHEEK is preferred on this occasion, however, arriving here on the back of a narrow margin victory at Wagga at the start of this month.

The selection contested a 1400m Class 2 handicap on a good 4 track that day, with the softer going expected here no issue, having placed on wet tracks this prep.

Those wet track efforts include a length second in a 1300m Class 1 handicap on a soft 5 surface at Canberra on her penultimate outing.

Trained by Pat Murphy, the mare has shown a liking for this track in the past, including when placed over 1000m earlier this prep and when breaking his maiden over the same distance in August.

Barrier four is a positive in this contest, with the daughter of Xtravagant looking capable of recording the third win of her career.

Topspin to break maiden

The fourth race on the Cranbourne card is an interesting staying maiden over 2600m set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Benbulben has shown a liking for soft going in the past, including when placing in both starts this prep, with the most recent of those coming when third over 2520m here earlier this month.

The gelding had previously finished strongly, having raced from off the pace in a 2088m maiden at Moe, with both of those efforts coming on a soft 7 track.

Gavin Bedggood’s five-year-old races on his home track here, however he has had plenty of chances, and with that in mind the less exposed TOPSPIN is the selection.

The pick came home fourth in the previously mentioned course maiden, with Ciaron Maher’s representative disappointing on that occasion.

The gelding faded on that day having previously registered a good four-and-a-half-length second in a similar race over the same track and trip.

The form of that event is working out well with the winner Affluential winning twice subsequently, while the fourth home Masatora has also won in the interim period.

Spare to salute at Geelong

Geelong stage an eight-race card with the fifth race a highly-competitive 1543m Benchmark 64 handicap event.

A soft 5 track is expected with SPARE COIN having demonstrated good form on wet tracks in the past.

The four-year-old broke his maiden on a soft 6 track when taking out a 1200m maiden at Ballarat just over a year ago.

The selection improved with racing in his last prep, registering the second win of his career when victorious by five lengths in a 1400m Benchmark 58 handicap at Terang in December.

Trained by Symon Wilde, the gelding delivered a solid effort when third in a 1300m Benchmark 64 handicap at Warrnambool at the start of this month.

Jacob Noonan’s mount raced on a soft 6 that day and has a good barrier jumping from next to the rail, having raced close to the speed at times in the past.

The son of Rich Enuff shapes as if the step up in distance he gets here will suit and he looks capable of registering a second up success.

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