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Australian Racing: Beau highly fancied at Townsville

There are three meetings for punters to follow on Tuesday, with Wyong, Ballarat and Townsville all hosting cards.

Race 8 Wyong
Invictus Lad @ 4.40

Race 1 Ballarat Synthetic
John Joseph @ 3.80

Race 4 Townsville
Beau Rain @ 4.00

Invictus Lad looks likely

The finale at Wyong is an interesting 1350m Class 1 handicap contest.

A soft 5 track is expected for the race, with Principessa coming into this event on the back of a string of good efforts in defeat this time around.

The filly recorded a second-place finish in a 1200m Class 1 event on a soft 7 surface when returning here in April and followed that up with two runner-up finishes including at Canterbury in May.

While slightly below that form on a good 4 track at Randwick Kensington last time out, she wasn’t beaten that far and rates highly despite a wide draw here.

The Peter & Paul Snowden team boast an impressive 24% strike-rate (7/29) at this venue this season, however, and their representative INVICTUS LAD is preferred on this occasion.

The gelding has finished fourth at Kembla Grange on all three starts since returning from a spell, most recently when beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1400m Class 1 on June 17th.

Barrier nine should prove no issue given the 4.40 pick usually comes from off the pace and, while untested on wet tracks, Tom Sherry’s mount is taken to double his career tally.

John Joseph ready to impress

The opener at Ballarat Synthetic is a 1000m maiden plate, with the returning JOHN JOSEPH the pick to deliver a first victory at the third time of asking.

The three-year-old showed plenty of ability when doing best of those to race from off the pace in finishing runner-up to an easy all-the-way winner at Stony Creek on debut in January.

That debut effort came in an 1100m maiden held on a good 3 track.

The 3.80 gelding encountered similar conditions when racing on a good 4 surface dropped to 1000m at the same venue on his only subsequent start.

While a well-beaten sixth when third in the seven-runner contest that day, it’s notable that jumped at $17 in a race that has seen the winner and fourth both register subsequent victories.

Trained by Alexander Rae, he should be sharp enough for his return to action here and dropping back in trip he looks capable of making a winning synthetics debut.

Rain to resume with victory

The fourth race at Townsville is a competitive looking 1000m Class 3 handicap, with Archie’s Law expected to have his supporters having won half of his four starts so far.

Those efforts include a comfortable win by nearly two-and-a-half-lengths when contesting a Class 1 handicap over this course and distance on a good 4 track in September.

Trained by Cheynee Morrison, the gelding has been off the track since placing second in a Class 2 event at this venue the following month.

Less exposed than most of his rivals, he rates highly here, but is expected to find fellow course winner BEAU RAIN too strong.

The 4.00 two-year-old registered victories at this venue in his first three starts, including when demonstrating a liking for a soft 5 track when scoring by a head over track and trip in February.

Bill Kenning’s inmate has been spelled since placing second at Mackay four days later and, with a good barrier in five here, he looks up to returning to winning ways.

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