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Australian Racing: Cru can show Classe at Geelong

There’s five meetings for punters to get stuck into on Friday, with Geelong and Coffs Harbour among the tracks racing with a soft 6 surface expected at both venues.

Race 5 Geelong 

Cru Classe @ 6.50

Race 7 Coffs Harbour 

Proud With Pride @ 4.40

Race 4 Goulburn 

Rupertson @ 5.50

Classe for Geelong glory 

The fifth race on the Geelong card is an interesting 24500m Benchmark 64 handicap with Meinlas expected to prove popular with punters. 

The six-year-old has made just the four previous starts including when taking a 2100m maiden at Cranbourne in October last year.

That success came on a good 3 surface, however the gelding showed that he handles wet tracks when a promising third in a Benchmark 64 event on a heavy 10 surface on 28th May.

Trained by Matt Cumani, the gelding shaped as if a second career win wasn’t far away that day and while he remains open to improvement, upped in trip barrier 15 is a negative in this event.

Drawn four inside the six-year-old is the Patrick Payne-trained CRU CLASSE who is preferred on this occasion. 

The five-year-old has delivered placed efforts on four of her five starts this spell including when runner-up over 2232m when racing at this level on a soft 7 surface at Sale last week.

The daughter of Reliable Man shaped as if she would appreciate the extra distance she encounters here when keeping on nicely on that occasion.

Promising apprentice Luke Campbell on board that day is again in the saddle and his mount looks up to recording her third career success. 

Pride to score for Cavanough

The penultimate race on Coffs Harbour’s eight-race card sees PROUD WITH PRIDE attempt to complete a double.

The race in question is a 1600m Benchmark 58 handicap with Braith Nock’s mount having broken her maiden when successful on a soft 7 track in a 1550m at Murwillumbah earlier this month.

The filly appeared to relish the change of tactics on that occasion finishing strongly from off the pace prior to going on to score by just under two lengths in the nine runner event.

The pick has a good alley here given she will jump from the inside gate while the slight step up in distance is expected to suit.

Trainer Brett Cavanough saddled a winner at Scone last weekend and having had a number of placed horses in recent weeks his representative here is taken to double her career tally.  

Rupertson for Goulburn glory

The fourth race on the Goulburn card is a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap.

A good 4 track is expected for the contest with Jackyy Dee expected to prove popular following a couple of good efforts including when narrowly beaten at Taree on 22nd May.

Freshened up since that effort that came in a Class 1 contest on a soft 7 track, he has a good alley here with Mitchell booked to ride.

However, Rupertson is preferred racing first up here having trialled twice at Bathurst this time around.

The second of those trial efforts saw the four-year-old record a narrow victory having ended his last spell with a length second in a 1600m Class 1 event at Mudgee in February.

The shorter distance here shouldn’t pose too many issues and having been ridden from off the pace in sprints in the past he is selected to double his career tally. 

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