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Australian Racing: Watch out for Pee Dee at Taree

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

Race 6 Geelong

Fullproof @ 4.40

Race 5 Taree

Pee Dee @ 4.60

Race 7 Moree

Eighty Eight Stars @ 5.00

Fullproof for Geelong success

The sixth race of the day at Geelong is a 1340m Benchmark 64 handicap restricted to three-year-old’s and up.

Let’s Get Down has registered some good efforts in defeat for handler Phillip Stokes this prep and he is expected to jump as favourite from barrier two.

The gelding has placed second on three of his last four starts, including when beaten a length over 1400m in a Class 1 handicap at Pakenham last month.

The son of Better Than Ready raced on a good 4 track that day and similar underfoot conditions are expected here with Zac Sapin set to ride.

Anthony & Sam Freedman’s FULLPROOF is the pick on this occasion having broken his maiden by two lengths in a 1600m contest on the synthetic track at Pakenham last July.

The four-year-old was spelled following that triumph and returned with a narrow defeat when runner-up over 1400m in a Class 1 at Ballarat on turf debut.

The selection duly went one better when returning to 1600m for a Benchmark 64 handicap at metro level at Moonee Valley at the start of December.

Any overnight rain should pose no issues, with the gelding having won on a soft 5 track that day and he returns from a break following a below par performance at Caulfield.

The Lonhro gelding returned lame following that Caulfield effort and he looks up to resuming with a victory.

Dee for Taree glory

A heavy 8 track is expected at Taree with the fifth race of the day a 1250m Benchmark 58 handicap.

Crazy Russian is unproven on heavy tracks but has registered close up efforts in two starts on soft surfaces.

The four-year-old has been spelled since finishing fifth in a 1400m Benchmark 65 handicap over 1400m at Canberra in October.

The gelding has joined the Jake Hull stable since that Canberra effort and rates highly, having won first up in the past.

While the son of Russian Revolution has a good barrier in four, the in-form PEE DEE is the selection to complete a hat-trick.

Anna Roper’s mount showed a liking for wet tracks, when winning by over a length in a 1005m Benchmark 58 handicap on a heavy 9 track at Tuncurry at the start of last month.

The selection went on to complete a double, when successful by half-a-length in a 1300m Benchmark 58 handicap on a soft 5 surface at Beaumont on 25th March.

Pat Farrell trains the six-year-old, who has previous experience of this track and looks capable of continuing his good run of form with a win.

Stars to shine

The finale at Moree is an interesting Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place over 1300m.

EIGHTY EIGHT STARS takes the eye in this contest, having delivered some big efforts in his last prep, including when third in a Class 1 handicap at Armidale in November.

The selection raced over this distance that day and, while he failed to shine on his return at Tamworth, he showed a marked improvement in form next time out.

The five-year-old doubled his career tally when getting home by a narrow margin, having jumped at odds of $17 for a 1280m Class 1 handicap at Muswellbrook on 15th March.

The pick was well away prior to settling in fourth on the rail that day and, while a wide barrier isn’t ideal, he looks up to completing a double with Braith Nock set to ride.

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