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Australian Racing: Band to call the tune at Coonamble

There's plenty of action for punters to get stuck into on Sunday, including at Coonamble, where an eight-race card is scheduled.

Race 7 Coonamble

Listen To The Band @ 3.60

Race 6 Swan Hill

Elite Party @ 4.00

Race 6 Gatton

Private Banker @ 2.50

Band to salute in Qualifier

The penultimate race on the Coonamble card is the 1400m Newhaven Park WRA Country Championships Qualifier.

A good 4 track is expected for the $150,000 contest, with Gallant Star expected to jump as favourite as he seeks his second win this prep.

The gelding recorded a victory by less than half-a-length when contesting a 1200m Class 3 handicap at Randwick at the end of December.

Two good efforts have followed, including when fourth over 1250m in a Benchmark 72 handicap at Canterbury last month.

While Brett Robb’s five-year-old rates highly, the veteran LISTEN TO THE BAND is the pick on this occasion.

The nine-year-old demonstrated solid form around this time last year and arrives here as the winner of five of his last six starts.

The most recent of those saw him defy a wide barrier when registering a victory in this race 12 months ago under his jockey here Jake Pracey Holmes.

The son of Tickets has fared better with regards to barrier allocation this time around and he has shown good form in barrier trials in recent weeks.

The 3.60 selection has won first up in the past and, with the track and underfoot conditions both in his favour, he looks up to defying top weight.

Elite Party to celebrate at Swan Hill

The sixth race of the day at Swan Hill is an interesting 1300m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Apache Gunship is expected to have his supporters, having taken a step forward when delivering a victory last time out.

The three-year-old came home one-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals in an 1100m maiden at Strathalbyn on 21st February.

Prior to that the gelding had been beaten less than two lengths into fourth in a 1050m maiden on a soft 5 track at this venue.

ELITE PARTY showed ability when in the care of James Fraser, including when fourth over 1400m in a maiden at Corowa in December.

However, he has shown improvement since joining the Alicia MacPherson team, including when two-lengths third over 1307m at Stawell last month.

The 4.00 pick jumped at odds of $41 when racing on a wet track that day and raced from the front when winning over 1200m at Colac subsequently.

The four-year-old came home over one-and-a-half-lengths clear of his eight rivals that day and he has an inside barrier in this contest.

Jockey Will Gordon takes the ride for the first time and his mount looks capable of completing a double.

Bank on Private for Gatton glory

The sixth race at Gatton is a 1600m Benchmark 62 handicap with PRIVATE BANKER taken to deliver a victory with a soft 5 track expected.

The son of Capitalist was beaten less than two lengths when fifth in a nine-runner 1350m Benchmark 62 handicap at Warwick in January.

The 2.50 pick has demonstrated good form in two outings at Toowoomba subsequently, including when winning by half-a-length on a soft 5 surface last month.

That victory came over 1300m in a Benchmark 62 handicap and he again performed well when runner-up in a 1300m Class 3 handicap earlier on 9th March.

Olivia Webb takes one-and-a-half-kilograms off the back of Mark Currie’s gelding, with the pair selected to come home in front jumping from barrier six.

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