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Australian Racing: Axeman’s Jazz can be on song at Northam

There are five meetings set to take place on Thursday including at Wagga where a soft 7 track is expected.

Race 6 Wagga

Princess Nefertiti @ 2.70

Race 6 Northam

Axeman’s Jazz @ 2.10

Race 5 Home Hill

Monastery @ 1.80

Princess to rule at Wagga 

The sixth race on the Wagga card is an interesting 1600m set weights contest.

The four-year-old Quinlan is expected to prove popular with punters, having impressed when winning on a soft 7 surface in a 1300m maiden at Corowa on his penultimate outing. 

The gelding made all on that occasion and has since delivered a two-and-a-half-length second in a Class 1 handicap over 1280m at Canberra Acton.

The son of I Am Invincible has a multitude of equipment changes here, including the return of blinkers not seen since finishing down the field at Kilmore in January.

Given the gelding’s front running style of racing of late, a wide alley is a negative here while he has to prove his stamina on his first start over 1600m.

With the above in mind it is best to look elsewhere in this contest with Josh Richards’ mount PRINCESS NEFERTITI selected to register her second career win.

The five-year-old is another to be drawn wide but notably hasn’t led up in her races to date and was ridden from mid-division when finishing third at this venue when racing first up.

The mare raced over 1300m in a Class 1 handicap on that occasion but has performed well over further when a close up third in a 2000m Restricted 64 handicap at Wangaratta last October. 

Ben Brisbourne boasts a 21% strike-rate (8/38) at this venue in the last 12 months and his representative looks capable of helping him improve on that here. 

Jazz to return with victory 

Northam stage an interesting seven-race card with the penultimate race of the day a 1400m Class 5 handicap expected to take place on a good 4 surface.

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained AXEMAN’s JAZZ showed good form without winning in his last spell, placing in the top three twice from his four starts.

The second of those saw him beaten just over a length when third in an 1800m set weight stakes contest over 1800m at Ascot in March.

The pick followed that effort up with a fourth when beaten by less than three-and-a-half-lengths in the 2200m Listed Melvista Stakes at the same venue a fortnight later.

The form of that Melvista Stakes effort looks solid enough with the winner going on to place second in the W.A.T.C Derby, a Group 2 event back at Ascot.

The runner-up on that occasion Demolish is another to have run well since having placed in three Listed events at Belmont Park.

The selection gets a drop in grade here racing first up and, following a couple of Lark Hill barrier trials, is taken to salute under William Pike. 

Monastery for Home Hill glory

Medal has shown good form of late and is expected to have his supporters in the fifth race of the day at Home Hill.

The race concerned is an 1830m Benchmark 60 handicap with the five-year-old having shown a liking for this venue when runner-up in a similar race over track and trip in July.

The gelding has won over 1609m when racing in a Benchmark 55 handicap since and comes into this event on the back of a third over 1900m when performing at a higher level at Cairns. 

MONASTERY performed well in three Guineas contests earlier this spell and is preferred following a success over 2000m in a Benchmark 65 handicap at Townsville earlier this month.

The form of that Townsville effort looks strong with the fourth home winning since and the fifth home, The Driller, scoring in the 2100m Cairns Cup last weekend. 

Prior to that, the Leslie Gordy-trained gelding had finished a close-up fourth in the Townsville Guineas over 1609m at Townsville and he is taken to defy top weight. 

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