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Australian Racing: Clan to enjoy Rich success at Hobart

There are a bumper eight meetings set to take place on Sunday, including a nine-race card at Hobart, as well as action from Ballarat, Sunshine Coast and Wyong.

Race 6 Hobart

Rich Clan @ 4.60

Race 5 Ballarat

King's Charisma @ 2.10

Race 5 Wyong

Rise To It @ 4.20

Hobart glory calls for Clan

The sixth race of the day at Hobart is an interesting 1600m Benchmark 68 handicap.

A soft 5 track is expected at the Tasmanian venue, with Hot Relation expected to prove popular following a good run of form.

The gelding was completing a hat-trick when delivering a length victory in a Benchmark 72 event over 1390m here on his penultimate start.

The six-year-old finished strongly from off the pace under jockey Sigrid Carr, however, he was unable to follow up when second over 1350m at Benchmark 68 level at Devenport Synthethic subsequently.

Runner-up in the previously mentioned Benchmark 72 contest was RICH CLAN, who re-opposes in this contest.

The Tegan Keys-trained gelding is preferred on this occasion, having subsequently delivered a second-place finish when racing at this Benchmark 68 level over 1400m here last month.

While the five-year-old failed to shine when finishing only sixth in a 1390m Benchmark 60 contest here earlier this month he is reunited with apprentice Hannah Le Blanc for this contest.

The 4.60 pick gets on well with Le Blanc having won or placed second in all four previous starts under the apprentice and the pair are taken to deliver a victory stepping up to 1600m.

Charisma to shine at Ballarat

Ballarat stage an all-jumps card, with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team appearing to hold a number of strong chances on the under card of the Grand National Steeplechase.

Among those chances is the seven-year-old KING'S CHARISMA, who is set to take part in the fifth race of the day, the Henry Dwyer Racing Steeplechase over 3600m.

A soft 5 track is expected for the race, with the ex-European gelding having shown solid form on the flat prior to having his attentions switched to obstacles.

Those flat efforts include a second in a Benchmark 78 event at Warracknabeal in August last year and a victory over 2100m in the Horsham Cup last October.

While the 2.10 selection could finish only second on his first two starts over hurdles, he broke his maiden at the third attempt when winning a 3200m event at Warrnambool in June.

A third place at the same venue followed prior to a below par fifth in a 3500m handicap contest at Casterton last month.

Freshened since that Casterton effort he is expected to prove hard to beat with regular jockey William McCarthy.

Rise ready to complete double

Top weight Golden Passport is expected to jump as favourite for the fifth race of the day at Wyong.

The race in question is a 1600m Class 1 handicap, with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott representative coming into this event on the back of a maiden win over 1500m at Muswellbrook.

The four-year-old remains open to improvement on just his fifth career start, however, he is likely to find the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained RISE TO IT a tough nut to crack.

The gelding is another last-time-out maiden winner, with the son of So You Think delivering a victory by just under a length in a 1500m contest at Goulburn earlier this month.

The form of that event is working out well, with the runner-up Our Maryanne registering a subsequent victory at Newcastle.

The 4.20 selection showed he handled the soft 5 surface forecast here when fourth over 1600m at Gosford in January and he is taken to double his career tally.

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