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Australian Racing: Bruce filly not to be Denied at Sunshine Coast

There's plenty of racing action for punters to get stuck into on Sunday including at Sunshine Coast, where an eight-race card is scheduled on their polytrack course.

Meetings are also scheduled to take place at Ascot Park, Ballarat, Hobart, Kalgoorlie Mudgee and Queanbeyan.

Race 6 Sunshine Coast

Denied @ SP

Race 7 Ballarat

Outta Compton @ 6.00

Race 6 Mudgee

Lockdown Gamble @ 4.00

Denied to dazzle at Sunshine Coast

The sixth race of the day at Sunshine Coast is a 1400m Benchmark 65 handicap with the hat-trick seeking Pernell expected to have his supporters.

The gelding won twice on the polytrack surface at Gold Coast last month, with the first of those efforts coming in a 1540m Benchmark 65 handicap on 20th April.

Trained by Jay Bellamy the gelding duly followed up when getting home by a narrow margin dropped to a Benchmark 56 handicap a week later.

Jai Williams takes one-and-a-half-kilograms off, however, DENIED is preferred, having demonstrated a liking for this venue in recent months.

The filly has won twice here this prep, including when successful over this track and trip when winning by a length in a 1400m Class 1 handicap in March.

The step up to metro level racing and a switch to turf appeared too much when finishing ninth in a 1400m event at Eagle Farm on her next start however.

The return to this track resulted in a return to the winners’ enclosure with the four-year-old putting daylight between herself and her rivals over course and distance on 5th May.

The selection came home six-and-a-half-lengths clear of her seven rivals when contesting a 1400m Class 3 set weights event on that occasion.

Emily Lang, on board for both of those course successes, is again in the saddle and she can negotiate a wide barrier to register a third win on board Jack Bruce’s filly.

Compton to salute at Ballarat

The seventh race at Ballarat is a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 6 surface.

The twice-raced Layeruponlayer is expected to jump as favourite having made an impressive Australian debut here last month.

The five-year-old had shown ability for Robert Hickmott in barrier trials at two prior to making the switch to Hong Kong before debuting.

While the gelding again showed ability in trials, he failed to shine last of twelve over 1200m at Sha Tin on debut in March last year and returned home subsequently.

Now in the care of Matthew Smerdon, the five-year-old came home seven-lengths clear of his rivals in an 1100m maiden here last month.

While it’s early days, the form of that contest could be working out better and OUTTA COMPTON is the pick here.

Trained by Mark Webb, the gelding broke his maiden when successful by just under half-a-length in an 1100m maiden at Sale in September.

The four-year-old placed on two of his three subsequent starts that prep, ending it with a third in a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap at Pakenham in November.

The 6.00 selection raced on a soft 5 track that day and returning to winning ways when successful over this track and trip when racing first up this prep.

The gelding won by less than half-a-length in a Restricted 64 handicap last time out in a race that saw him finish strongly having raced from off the pace.

The switch to hold-up tactics suited on that occasion and similar is expected here with Adam McCabe retaining the ride.

Gamble goes for Cup glory

The Gooree Cup takes centre stage at Mudgee, with the 1400m handicap set to take place as the penultimate contest on a seven-race card.

A soft 5 track is expected, with LOCKDOWN GAMBLE the pick for trainer David J Smith.

The six-year-old is a dual winner this prep and also passed the post first in a Class 5 set weights event here prior to suffering a DQ in February.

The 4.00 gelding has demonstrated good form since that DQ delivering a third place finish in a 1500m Benchmark 64 handicap at Hawkesbury the following month.

The son of Casino Prince qualified for the Big Dance with a narrow victory over 1700m at Wellington last month, with all of his efforts this prep coming on a good 4 surface.

Coriah Keatings is set to ride here and, while any drying of the ground would aid her mount’s chances, he has performed well on a soft surface in the past.

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