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Australian Racing: Battleton bids for Murwillumbah Cup glory

There are five meetings for punters to look forward to on Friday, with the most valuable card of the day coming at Murwillumbah.

Race 7 Murwillumbah

Battleton @ 6.00

Race 7 Tamworth

Charlotting @ 5.00

Race 3 Geelong

Moonflower @ 2.90

Battleton backed for Cup success

The Murwillumbah Cup is the feature race on an eight-race card at the New South Wales venue.

The race comes up as the penultimate race of the day-with a field of 19 declared for the 1550m contest.

James Orman’s mount Wategos is expected to start as favourite following two victories in sprint races at Rosehill.

The most recent of those saw the five-year-old come home nearly three lengths clear of his nearest pursuer in taking out a 1350m Benchmark 78 handicap on a good surface.

The gelding had won in similar conditions when taking a 1200m Benchmark 78 handicap by a narrow margin prior.

Barrier 15 is a negative with regards his chances here, with Orman’s mount having raced close to or on the speed in each of his last two starts.

BATTLETON will jump from barrier nine and the tactically versatile gelding is preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, the 6.00 pick has delivered some good efforts this spell including when winning by a narrow margin in a 1400m Benchmark 78 handicap at Rosehill last month.

He has delivered some good efforts in defeat since including when fifth over 1600m at Coffs Harbour earlier this month when racing from off the pace in the Coffs Harbour Cup.

While yet to race at this level, the selection has shown that he can be competitive at a higher level in the past and he looks up to delivering a victory here.

Charlotting to score at Tamworth

At Tamworth the penultimate race on the eight-race card is expected to see Cenotes prove popular with punters.

The gelding completed a double when saluting by a length in a Class 1 set weights contest over 1600m at Moree earlier this month.

The four-year-old tackles a Class 2 handicap over the same distance here with Zac Waddick, on board for both of those previously mentioned victories again in the saddle.

A wide alley is a further negative in this field and the consistent CHARLOTTING, who will jump from barrier eight is preferred here.

The 5.00 pick should prove capable of getting across to race prominently as has been the case in recent times and she has delivered some decent placed efforts this spell.

Those placed efforts included a third when beaten less than a length in a 1500m Class 2 handicap at Muswellbrook earlier this month.

The filly was racing on a good 4 track that day and, with similar underfoot conditions expected here, she is taken to salute for the third time in 2023, having won here and at Narromine already this year.

Flower ready to break maiden

MOON FLOWER has finished in the first three in each of her last four starts and is taken to break her maiden in the third race of the day at Geelong.

The filly has a wide alley to overcome in the 1347m maiden contest, but looks capable of doing so having shown a liking for this venue when third over 1230m here earlier this month.

The 2.90 pick was returning from a break on that occasion, having ended her first spell racing when a third over 1300m in a Hawkesbury maiden.

That form is working out well with multiple subsequent winners Dresden and Allasandra in behind on that occasion.

The daughter of Lonhro handles both wet and dry tracks and representing the powerful James Cummings stable she is taken to record her first victory.

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