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Australian Racing: Wyong on the cards for Jack Of Aces

There’s five meetings for punters to get stuck into on Thursday with Wyong, Pakenham, Gatton, Wodonga and Wagga all set to host races.

Race 5 Wyong

Jack Of Aces @ 3.80

Race 5 Gatton

Sleigh Queen @ 2.40

Race 5 Wodonga

Brungle Creek @ 3.20

Aces for maiden success

The fifth race on the Wyong card, the PBL Law Group Super Maiden Plate over 1350m, is the most valuable race of the day.

However, there have been a number of scratchings since declaration time.

The Bjorn Baker-trained Starmae is expected to have her supporters, having registered second place finishes in three of her five starts to date.

Two of those came as a two-year-old, losing out narrowly at both Newcastle and when odds-on for an 1100m maiden held on a soft 5 track at Bathurst last July.

While the three-year-old failed to shine in a valuable 1100m maiden at Gold Coast first up this season, she showed improvement when runner-up over 1200m at Gosford on 24th January.

However, she tackles this trip for the first time here and proven stayer JACK OF ACES is the selection to get the better of the daughter of Zoustar.

The selection has registered three good efforts this spell, with the first of those coming when beaten just over a length when contesting a course and distance maiden at the end of November.

A third place finish at Tuncurry when dropped slightly to 1300m followed the next month, and he has been freshened since a length defeat when third over 1400m at Kembla Grange on 30th December.

Notably that Kembla Grange effort came on a heavy 10 surface and the soft 5 track expected here shouldn’t pose any issues.

Dylan Gibbons takes the ride for the first time and his mount looks up to delivering his first victory at the seventh time of asking. 

Queen to rule at Gatton

Gatton are set to host an eight-race card with the fifth race a 1400m Benchmark 60 handicap contest. 

Metal Rock is likely to have her backers for the Alicia Willick stable, having returned to action with a victory at this circuit last month.

That course victory came by a length over this trip in a Restricted 58 handicap when making his first appearance since August. 

The five-year-old has disappointed on his two most recent starts on wet tracks, however, and with that in mind it can pay to look elsewhere. 

Top weight SLEIGH QUEEN showed that she handles wet tracks when losing out by less than half-a-length over 1350m on a soft 5 track at Ipswich on 13th January. 

The four-year-old contested a Benchmark 70 handicap on that occasion and the extra distance here is no issue, having won over this trip in the past.

The drop to a Benchmark 60 event is in her favour and Zac Sprie’s mount is looking for her second win of the campaign having scored over 1350m at Ipswich in November.  

Creek to double up

Trainer Sylvia Thompson has a winner and two second placed finishes from her four starts at Wodonga in the last 12 months and she sends out BRUNGLE CREEK in the fifth race of the day.

The five-year-old registered placed efforts in his first two starts this spell with both of those outings coming over around 1600m.

The gelding lost out by two-and-a-half-lengths when racing close to the speed on a good 4 track at Seymour on his penultimate start. 

The winner and fourth placed finisher that day have both won since, while being ridden with slightly more restraint saw the pick himself break his maiden upped to 2000m at Wangaratta on 25th January. 

The soft 5 track appeared to suit that day, however the return to a good 4 surface here is no issue and he is taken to complete a double.  

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