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Australian Racing: Belleistic Kids ready to complete a treble

There are four meetings scheduled to take place on Thursday, with provincial fixtures at Gosford, Ipswich and Bunbury supported by a country meeting at Ballarat.

Race 7 Gosford

Belleistic Kids @ 6.00

Race 6 Ballarat

Procureable @ 3.60

Race 4 Ipswich

Dr Why Not @ 7.00

Kids set to seal a hat-trick

The penultimate race on the Ballarat card takes the eye with the 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap attracting a field of ten.

Sara Ryan’s Roma Avenue broke his maiden in a 1350m maiden on a soft 6 track at Wyong in July last year and, while he has made just three subsequent starts, he placed in two of them.

The gelding was absent for over a year prior to returning with an eighth in a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap at Newcastle at the end of last month, but showed up better at Kembla Grange last time out.

Ridden close to the pace, the five-year-old registered a third-place finish stepped up to 1400m in a similar Benchmark 64 handicap held on a good 4 track.

The switch to the forecast soft 5 surface shouldn’t pose an issue, but the in-form BELLEISTIC KIDS is still preferred here.

Trained by Barbara, Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones, the gelding has been in great form since resuming with a narrow defeat in a 1300m Class 2 handicap at Canberra last month.

That Canberra effort came on a soft 5 track, with the son of The Brothers War winning both subsequent starts, including when overcoming interference at the start at Coonamble.

Victorious over 1600m in that contest, the 6.00 pick has a decent alley in seven here and is versatile with regards to tactics.

Jake Barrett, on board last time out, takes a valuable three kilograms off and his mount looks capable of saluting here.

Procureable to shine at Ballarat

One Last Kiss caught the eye when finishing strongly last time out and it’s not a surprise to see him towards the head of the market for the sixth at Ballarat.

The race in question is a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap for fillies and mares set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Trained by Dan O’Sullivan, the filly ended her last spell with a good fourth in the 2500m Group 3 SA Fillies Classic at Morphettville in May.

The four-year-old resumed with a good half-length second, having been ridden from off the pace in a 1543 Benchmark 64 handicap on a soft 5 track at Geelong on October 5th.

The extra distance Harry Coffey’s mount tackles here is no issue, however the unexposed PROCUREABLE is the pick in this contest.

Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman have been in the winners in the last month with 11 successes from their 60 runners, including with the selection, who broke her maiden at Bendigo October 8th.

That triumph came over 1500m on a good 4 track, with the 3.60 pick making all the running to win by a narrow margin on that occasion.

The four-year-old had placed on both previous starts, including when racing first up this spell at Sandown Hillside and she shaped as if this step up to 1600m would suit.

A wide barrier is a slight concern here, however Billy Egan’s charge remains open to improvement on her handicap debut and is taken to overcome that to complete a double.

Dr to deliver at Ipswich

Trainer Lindsay Gough boasts an impressive 24% strike-rate (6/25) with his runners at Ipswich in the last year and his DR WHY NOT takes the eye off top weight in the fourth race of the day.

The gelding tackles an 1100m Class 6 handicap here, having contested some hot races in his last spell racing, including the $1,000,000 Magic Millions Quality over 1300m at Gold Coast in January.

The 7.00 pick placed third in that contest and drops down from metro level having ended his last spell with a last of ten over 1350m at Doomben in March.

Michael Murphy’s mount has won first up in the past and dropping in grade here the tactically versatile gelding is taken to resume with a victory.

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