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Australian Racing: Danceenuff has all the right moves

There are three meetings taking place on Monday with Warrnambool, Wagga and Muswellbrook staging racing action.

Race 8 Wagga

Danceenuff @ 3.40

Race 5 Warrnambool

Handshake @ 4.60

Race 4 Muswellbrook

Rematch @ 2.20

Danceenuff ready for Wagga success

The concluding race on Wagga’s eight-race card takes the eye, with the 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap having attracted a big field.

Fileeta is the least exposed filly in the race with just three starts to her name. However, they include a victory last time out at Corowa.

The four-year-old started odds-on for a 900m maiden held on a good 4 that day and duly delivered a victory by over a length having raced prominently.

Trainer Ben Brisbourne is on the cold list at present, however, and Alysha Warren’s mount is expected to find the more experienced DANCEENUFF hard to beat here.

The selection has gone well fresh in both spells to date, the first of which saw her lose out narrowly when contesting an 1100m maiden on a soft 5 track at Gundagai in November last year.

While kept to wet tracks in the main since, she delivered a solid fifth on a good 3 surface in her only subsequent start in 2022.

The 3.40 filly has shown good form in 2023 including when breaking her maiden over this course and distance when racing first up in April.

Trained by Wayne Carroll, the pick was a winner over 1200m on a soft 6 track when contesting a Class 1 handicap in May and back from a spell she is taken to defy a wide barrier.

Handshake to shine at Warrnambool

The fifth at Warrnambool is an interesting 2350m Restricted 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 6 surface.

Trainer Henry Dwyer has been in the winners in the last month, including with Morpurgo, who won at Mount Gambier on October 11th and who is expected to prove popular here.

The five-year-old registered a length victory in a Benchmark 68 handicap held on a good 3 track on that occasion.

The gelding raced close to the speed that day, as was the case when registering an impressive victory over 1600m on the synthetic track at Pakenham earlier this spell, and similar tactics are expected.

The son of Toronado has failed to shine in his two most recent outings on wet tracks, however, so HANDSHAKE is the pick in this contest.

The 4.60 selection placed second behind Morpurgo when the pair met in the previously mentioned Benchmark 64 handicap at Mount Gambier, but looks up to reversing the form here.

The six-year-old has won twice so far in 2023, with both of those victories coming on heavy tracks at Warrnambool, including in a 2000m Benchmark 58 handicap at the end of July.

The gelding has placed second in all three subsequent starts, including when beaten two lengths over 2400m on a good 4 track when tackling a Benchmark 64 at Bendigo on his penultimate outing.

The pick found only a front-running rival too good on that occasion, while the fourth home that day has given the form a boost with a subsequent victory.

Rematch to complete a double

The Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich-trained gelding REMATCH heads to Muswelbrook following a half-length success in a 1300m Class 1 handicap at Newcastle earlier this month.

The four-year-old steps up in distance to 1500m for a Benchmark 66 handicap, which is set to take place as the fourth race on the card.

The 2.20 selection took a step forward when contesting that Newcastle contest, having previously delivered a sixth over an inadequate 1100m in a Class 2 handicap at Scone when racing first up.

The son of Real Impact demonstrated a liking for this venue when a close second over this track and trip in a Benchmark 58 handicap, and he looks up to going one better in this event.

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