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Australian Racing: Crackerjack Prince eyeing Donald crown

There are seven meetings set to take place on Sunday, including at Taree and Donald who are both due to stage Cup races.

Race 7 Taree

Aramayo @ 4.60  

Race 6 Donald

Crackerjack Prince @ 3.20  

Race 7 Townsville

Bones @ 7.00 

Aramayo for Cup success

The big race at Taree comes up as the penultimate race on an eight-race card.

The 2000m open handicap has attracted a field of 12 with a soft 5 surface expected for the event. 

Rogue Bear made a winning return to action after delivering a one-and-a-half-length victory over 1400m in a handicap event when racing first up here early last month.

Trained by Kris Lees, both of his subsequent efforts have seen him race at metro level, including when three lengths fifth in a 1500m Benchmark 88 handicap at Randwick on 7th November.

The six-year-old performed well over this trip when trained in Europe and, while he rates highly here, preference is for ARMANYO.

The veteran galloper was a Group 1 winner in his youth when taking out the Kranji Mile over 1600m in Singapore back in 2020.

While that victory was more than three years ago, you only have to go back to October 2021 to find his most recent placed effort at the highest level.

The selection performed well when returning with a sixth, having jumped at triple-figure odds for the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick in September.

While a mid-field finish in the Big Dance Wild Card Handicap followed, the son of Poet’s Voice shaped with promise when third in the previously mentioned Benchmark 88 handicap event. 

Ashley Morgan’s mount shoulders top weight here but he is taken to defy that stepping up in distance.    

Prince for Gold Cup glory

It’s bet365 Gold Cup Day at Donald with 10 declared for the 1620m handicap event.

The big race is due to take place as the sixth race of the day with a soft 5 surface expected. 

Matthew Cartwright is due to ride Angry Skies, with the pair expected to have their supporters following a narrow defeat over 1600m in a Benchmark 70 handicap at Bendigo.

The four-year-old was bidding for his second win of this spell that day, having taken out a 1541m event at Morphettville three starts back.

That Morphettville effort came on a good 3 track, however the softer going here should prove no issue.

CRACKERJACK PRINCE was the winner of the Avoca Cup when racing over 1860m at Avoca on his penultimate start and is the pick here however.

Trained by Archie Alexander, the gelding was a metro winner in a Benchmark 70 handicap over 1600m at Moonee Valley back in August and has shown good form in defeat since.

The six-year-old has shown he handles wet tracks in the past and with Thomas Stockdale, on board when runner-up at Geelong last time out, he is taken to salute here. 

Bones to triumph at Townsville 

The penultimate contest on Townsville’s eight-race card is the 1200m Townsville Amateur Sprint.

The race is set to take place on a soft 5 track with 12 runners declared for the open handicap contest. 

Georgina Bourke’s BONES has been in good form of late, finishing in the first two in each of her last four starts with those efforts including two victories.

The most recent of those wins came over this course and distance on a good 3 track, when partnered by her jockey here Lacey Morrison. 

While the pair have a wide alley to overcome here, she handles the forecast wet going and can go one better than when runner-up in a four runner 1000m handicap here on 7th November. 

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