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Australian Racing: Braided Gold can shine at Tamworth

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday including a seven-race card at Tamworth.

Race 5 Tamworth

Braided Gold @ 7.50  

Race 5 Wagga Riverside

Underpants @ 3.80  

Race 4 Kilcoy

Scenic Rim @ 3.60

Gold to shine

The most valuable race on the Tamworth card is the fifth race, a 1200m maiden handicap contest set to take place on a good 4 track.

Craig Martin sends out Stock The Rose here with the gelding having shown ability in his first spell racing earlier this year, including when runner-up on debut at Echuca in June.

The four-year-old was beaten half-a-length over 1400m on that occasion but failed to shine in two of his three subsequent starts, including over 2100m when 11th back at Echuca in July.

The son of Tavistock met trouble late on when beaten half-a-length into second in a 1200m maiden here when racing first up this season. 

The gelding was also making his first start for his current handler that day and, while he rates highly, he has a wide alley to overcome here.

The filly BRAIDED GOLD is preferred on this occasion having shown promise when jumping at odds of $101, prior to recording a fourth over 1100m at Scone when debuting in October.

The selection was forced to race wide and without cover when ridden from off the pace that day and she showed improvement when third over 1200m at the same track subsequently.

Both of those efforts came on a sound surface, while that latest effort looks strong in the context of this event, with the fourth and fifth home both delivering victories subsequently.

The Grant Finnigan-trained filly has a good alley in seven here and looks capable of breaking her maiden at the third attempt. 

Underpants for victory

The fifth race at Wagga Riverside is a competitive looking 1065m Benchmark 58 handicap due to take place on a heavy 8 track.

Trainer Darrell Burnet boasts a 25% strike-rate (2/8) in the last 30 days and his Spirit Lake is expected to prove popular with punters.

The filly won by a narrow margin when breaking her maiden over 1000mn on a good 4 track at the start of last month. 

However, she faded when beaten nearly six lengths into fourth in a 1000m Class 1 handicap at Canberra next time.

Notably that Canberra effort took place on a heavy 10 track and with a wet track expected here UNDERPANTS is preferred.

While the gelding has been allocated a wide alley, it should be noted that he came from off the pace when placing second in an 1175m Class 3 handicap at Albury in October.

The selection raced on a soft 7 track when finishing strongly on that occasion and he has been freshened since that effort.

Jockey Matthew Cahill takes the ride for the first time and he looks capable of steering the son of Va Pensiero to victory. 

Rim for Kilcoy glory

The hat-trick seeking SCENIC RIM takes the eye in the fourth race of the day at Kilcoy.

The race in question is a 1500m Benchmark 62 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

The six-year-old will jump from next to the rail having shown good form in winning at Gatton in his two most recent starts.

Both of those efforts came over 1600m, including when racing from the front, having raced wide early on when taking a Class 4 handicap on a good 4 track at the start of last month.

Diane Murphy’s gelding has been freshened since that effort and he looks capable of completing a hat-trick dropping back in distance. 

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