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Australian Racing: Charlemagne ready to rule at Goulburn

There are five meetings for punters to enjoy on Monday, including racing at Goulburn and Bathurst in New South Wales.

Race 6 Goulburn

Charlemagne @ 7.00

Race 6 Bathurst

Our Orator @ 2.80

Race 10 Northam

Manhattan Strip @ 3.80

Charlemagne enjoying successful spell

The sixth race on the Goulburn card is an intriguing 1300m Benchmark 66 handicap.

A soft 5 track is expected for the race with the Scott Collings-trained Hello Jack expected to start favourite as he chases a hat-trick of wins.

The most recent of those victories saw the gelding race from the front prior to delivering a four-and-a-half-length victory in a 1200m Class 2 contest at Parkes May 14th.

Prior to that jockey Nick Heywood had employed similar tactics on the four-year-old when saluting on a soft 5 surface at Canberra.

While he looks to hold strong claims once more, preference is for CHARLEMAGNE, who will jump from barrier four in this contest.

The gelding has won twice this spell, including when delivering a course and distance win on a heavy 8 track when racing at this Benchmark 66 level last month.

The 7.00 selection finished strongly having raced from off the pace that day, ultimately putting two lengths between himself and his rivals.

The pick has won two of his three starts at this distance, while any quickening of the ground would prove no issue with him having won on a good 4 track at Wagga in February.

The booking of claimer Holly Durnan catches the eye and is a further positive here with the hoop boasting an impressive 39% strike-rate (7/18) in the last 30 days.

Orator ready to deliver

The sixth race at Bathurst takes the eye with regards to our second selection with the 1800m Benchmark 58 handicap having attracted 17 declarations.

The going is a soft 5 with 2.80 OUR ORATOR selected to return to winning ways having suffered a defeat when beaten half-a-length over 1400m in a Class 2 handicap here last start.

The three-year-old was keen on that occasion and raced closer to the pace than is usually the case as a result.

Overhauled in the closing stages that day, I expect he will be ridden from mid-division here as was the case when delivering a near two-and-a-half-length victory at Parkes 11 days earlier.

The selection shaped as if further would be no issue when saluting at Parkes and with a good alley in three and with the going to suit he looks up to recording a victory in this contest.

Manhattan to out-Strip his rivals

Climb On Top gained plenty of experience in barrier trials prior to debuting at Pinjarra in April and he is expected to start favourite for the concluding race on Northam’s card.

The race in question is a 1600m Class 3 event with the gelding coming into this event the winner of two of his three previous starts.

The second of those came over 1100m here at the end of April while he caught the eye having been held up and finishing strongly when third over 1200m at Belmont Park three weeks ago.

However, tackling this distance for the first time he looks opposable, with preference for MANHATTAN STRIP who jumps from barrier one.

The 3.80 pick has won two of his three starts this time around including over this course and distance in a similar event to this at the end of April.

Freshened since that triumph, he has the trip and ground to suit and with Chris Parnham on board for each of his last four starts booked to ride, he is taken to deliver a victory racing from off the pace.

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