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Australian Racing: Countess to sparkle at Geelong

There are four meetings set to take place on Thursday, with soft going forecast at all venues bar Albany.

Race 6 Geelong

Countess Jenni @ 4.60

Race 6 Coffs Harbour

The Extreme Cat @ 2.30

Race 7 Albany

Henry The Aviator @ 2.70

Jenni going for Geelong glory

The sixth race of the day at Geelong is an interesting 1340m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a soft 7 surface.

Charlotte Littlefield sends out Regal Vow here and she is expected to prove popular, having shown ability at metro level in her last spell.

The four-year-old has placed on two of her three starts since saluting by nearly two lengths in a 1343 maiden held on a soft 6 track here in May.

The filly’s two most recent efforts came at Sandown, including when losing out by a narrow margin when runner-up in a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap on the Lakeside track in early July.

The daughter of Swear has been spelled since then and, while she looks to hold strong claims, COUNTESS JENNI is preferred in this contest.

The 4.60 selection is trained by the powerful Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team and made the perfect start to her racing career when successful in a 1200m maiden at Pakenham at the end of March.

The five-year-old battled to a narrow-margin victory on a soft 6 that day and missed the break by two lengths when fourth of five in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Cranbourne subsequently.

That Cranbourne contest was held on a good 4 track and she is selected to return with a victory back on a wet track.

Cat backed to break maiden

The most valuable contest at Coffs Harbour is the sixth race of the day, a 1005m maiden plate contest.

A soft 5 surface is expected with Scotland likely to feature towards the head of the market following placed efforts here on his two most recent starts.

Those efforts include a third when beaten just under three-and-a-half-lengths over 1415m on a soft 5 track back in July.

The gelding has been spelled since a second dropped to 1300m here the following month and, with the shorter distance here not certain to suit, THE EXTREME CAT is the pick despite his wide alley.

Trained by Nathan Doyle, the gelding performed well in his three starts last season including when placing second in his two most recent outings.

The second of those saw the four-year-old suffer a near two-and-a-half length defeat when racing over 1100m on a soft 5 track at Ballarat April 26th.

The 2.30 selection prepped for this with a second in a 1000m barrier trial at Wyong on November 15th, while the blinkers worn in all three previous starts are removed for this event.

The son of Extreme Choice is expected to race close to the speed and he is taken to break his maiden at the fourth attempt, with Ashley Morgan up for the first time.

Henry ready to fly home

Trainer Paul Hunter saddled a treble at Albany on November 19th and he sends out HENRY THE AVIATOR for the penultimate race on their card.

The race in question is a 1230m Benchmark 70+ handicap, with the selection having shown good form when delivering a second in a similar event over 1100m here that day.

The 2.70 five-year-old caught the eye in finishing strongly from off the pace on that occasion and he gets in off a low weight in this contest.

The step up in distance should prove no issue here, with jockey Jason Whiting taken to overcome a wide barrier to steer his mount to a third win in six starts over this course and distance.

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