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Australian Racing: Bay Of Bengal can rise to Townsville test

There are six meetings set to take place on Friday - including a nine race card at Townsville.

Race 6 Townsville 

Bay Of Bengal @ 7.00

Race 6 Geelong 

Phoenix Global @ 2.40

Race 4 Cranbourne 

Schiava @ 5.50

Bengal to triumph at Townsville 

The sixth race on the Townsville card is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 65 handicap. A soft 5 track is expected for the sprint contest with top weight Hurtle expected to prove popular for trainer Georgina Bourke following a victory last time out. 

That victory came when racing from the front in a Class 6 1000m event held on a good 4 track at this venue on 24th April. 

While the softer ground here should prove no issue, barrier 13 is expected to prove more problematic for a gelding who likes to race close to or on the speed. 

BAY OF BENGAL is preferred on this occasion following three good placed efforts in this spell. The pick has caught the eye when finishing strongly on his two most recent starts including having been slowly away over 950m at this Benchmark 65 level at Cairns earlier this month. 

Prior to that, the Stephen Bush-trained five-year-old had placed third when beaten two lengths over this course and distance when racing at Benchmark 60 level. 

Both of those efforts came on good 4 surfaces, however the selection has run well on the forecast soft 5 going in the past and with a fair barrier in seven is selected to deliver a fourth career success.

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Global for grade drop glory 

The sixth race at Geelong is a 1300m Benchmark 58 contest set to take place on a soft 5 surface. Nasdana is expected to have her supporters despite a wide barrier for jockey Liam Riordan. 

The four-year-old has placed on all three starts this spell, including when racing at this Benchmark 58 level when tackling a 1240m event on good 3 surface here on 24th March. 

Racing first up on that occasion, the filly was beaten just under two-and-a-half-lengths and has followed it up with places at Werribee and over 1200m at Kyneton on a soft 5 surface last time. 

Top weight PHOENIX GLOBAL has been racing at a higher level than he encounters here however, and is taken to deliver his seventh win in 34 starts. 

The selection came home less than a length behind the winner when tackling a 1200m Benchmark 70 event at Pakenham on his penultimate outing. 

Third on that occasion, he was narrowly beaten when runner-up over 1300m dropped to a Benchmark 64 contest at Bendigo 10 days later. 

The gelding races at this level for the first time since winning over 1335m here in April last year and looks up to saluting under claimer Ryan Houston.

Schiava to break maiden 

In the fourth race at Cranbourne, the twice-raced SCHIAVA takes the eye for the Gavin Bedggood team. The pick heads into the 1200m maiden plate due to take place on a soft 5 surface on the back of a second place finish over the distance at Bairnsdale at the start of last month. 

The gelding was beaten less than two lengths that day having previously debuted with a four-length fourth of six at this venue. 

That effort came saw him tackle a 1000m contest on a good 4 track following a barrier trial success on the synthetic track at Pakenham. 

Slowly away in both races to date, regular pilot Brian Higgins is up and he is taken to steer the gelding to victory.

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