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Australian Racing: British Statesman chasing Gundagai glory

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday with Hawkesbury’s seven-race provincial card supported by three country fixtures.

Race 7 Hawkesbury

Los Padres @ 7.50

Race 4 Hawkesbury

Kokoshnik @ 3.40

Race 6 Gundagai

British Statesman @ 3.80

Padres for Hawkesbury glory

The seventh race at Hawkesbury is an interesting Class 1 handicap set to take place over 1100m.

With a soft 5 surface forecast Elegant Empress is expected to jump as favourite having shown good form on the surface when runner-up over this trip at Warwick Farm in June.

The filly raced from the front when tackling a Benchmark 64 handicap on that occasion and followed up with a good fourth when tackling a Class 1 at Gosford on 22nd July.

However the James Cummings-trained LOS PADRES is preferred racing second up in this contest.

The three-year-old showed good form when winning a Gosford maiden by a narrow margin over this distance back in March.

The pick was spelled following a down the field effort in a handicap that’s working out well at Randwick Kensington eleven days later.

The gelding returned to action with a fourth in a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap at Kembla Grange on 27th July and with improvement expected he is taken to deliver a victory from barrier five.

Kokoshnik to score for Freedman’s

Earlier on the Hawkesbury card Reggie’s Folly and KOKOSHNIK are towards the head of the market for a 1500m Class 1 handicap contest.

The former is trained by the Peter & Paul Snowden team and performed well when beaten less than a length-and-a-half when third in a Class 1 1600m handicap at Newcastle on her penultimate start.

That effort preceded a fourth over this trip in a similar contest at the same venue and while he holds strong claims it’s Kokoshnik who gets the nod here.

The selection broke her maiden by a length when racing in similar going conditions to those expected here at Goulburn back in May.

The four-year-old raced over 1300m on that occasion and has since shown that she stays further placing in three consecutive starts including in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1600m at Wyong.

The fourth home at Wyong has boosted the form with a victory since and Richard & Will Freedman’s tactically versatile filly is taken to double her career tally on her return to soft going.

Statesman to salute

The penultimate race on the Gundagai card is an 1180m Benchmark 58 handicap with a heavy 9 track forecast at the New South Wales venue.

Body Bob is set to make his first start for the Pat Murphy team and he rates highly in a competitive looking handicap.

The four-year-old showed good form in maiden company in 2022 and returned this year with an impressive first up victory in a 1200m maiden at Warracknabeal in April.

The gelding has been below that form since making all on that occasion including when sixth over 1200m in a Ballarat Benchmark 64 handicap at Ballarat in May.

He returns from a spell here and is expected to find BRITISH STATESMAN too strong on this occasion.

Michael Heagney’s mount debuted with a sixth over 1400m at Dubbo in January and has appreciated the drop back in distance since, including when delivering a double at Bathurst in February.

Spelled thereafter the gelding returned with a good fifth when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths over 1118m in a Class 3 handicap at Dubbo on 28th July.

The selection raced from off the pace that day and with improvement expected he looks capable of recording a third career success.

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