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Australian Racing: Dessenea to shine at Northam

There are four meetings set to take place on Monday, with the highlight the WA Day Cup at Northam.

The other racing action takes place at Goulburn, Moe and Thangool.

Race 7 Northam

Dessenea @ 7.00

Race 7 Goulburn

White Tights @ 3.80

Race 6 Moe

Missile Meg @ 5.00

Dessenea ready for Cup glory

The previously mentioned WA Day Cup is a $100,000 Benchmark 66+ handicap set to take place over 1600m.

The Grant & Alana Williams team have to be respected with their runners here and Lord Gannicus is expected to prove popular with punters following some good efforts in metro contests.

Those efforts include two third-place finishes at Ascot, most recently in a 2200m Benchmark 66+ handicap held on a soft 5 track just under a month ago.

The gelding was beaten just over half-a-length that day and the drop back to this distance poses no issue with him having previously filled the same spot in a similar contest over this distance on 27th April.

DESENNEA is preferred on this occasion, however, having finished in the first four in four of his five starts so far in 2024.

The first two of those saw him finish runner-up in 1400m contests at Ascot, including when beaten less than two lengths in a Benchmark 72+ handicap on 13th April.

The 7.00 selection has made three starts since with two of those coming on soft going including when fourth on a soft 5 track at Belmont Park last time out.

The four-year-old was crowded near the 1400m mark when racing over this distance on a soft 5 surface that day and, with a change of headgear, he looks up to returning to winning ways.

White Tights to salute at Goulburn

The penultimate contest on Goulburn’s eight-race card is a 1200m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a soft 7 track.

Aunty Ginny has demonstrated plenty of ability in her two starts to date, including when debuting with a victory in a 1000m maiden at Canberra at the start of December.

The three-year-old came home over two-and-a-half-lengths clear of her rivals when racing on a heavy 10 track that day and she was spelled following that effort.

Scott Collings’ representative returned with a half-length second in a similar race to this over the same distance on a good 4 track here on 29th April.

The youngster has to prove her stamina stepping up in distance here, however, and the more experienced WHITE TIGHTS is the selection.

The filly delivered two third-place finishes over this distance in April including when beaten just over half-a-length into third when racing on a good 4 track at Queanbeyan.

The 3.80 selection broke her maiden by one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1300m maiden contest here at the end of this month when encountering similar underfoot conditions.

Paul Facoory’s filly drops back in distance here having registered a good second in a 1460m Class 1 handicap back at Queanbeyan on 19th May.

The softer going forecast here is no issue having placed on a heavy 8 surface in the past and she is taken to record her second win of this prep.

Missile Meg to fire at Moe

Moe are set to stage a competitive nine-race card, with the sixth contest of the day a 1600m Benchmark 58 handicap.

A soft 5 track is expected for the race, with MISSILE MEG expected to feature prominently in the market having won two of her last three starts.

Trained by Enver Jusufovic both of those victories have come on wet tracks, including when breaking her maiden on a soft 6 track at Cranbourne in April.

The 5.00 four-year-old won over 1500m that day and wasn’t beaten far when fifth dropped to 1400m at the same venue subsequently.

The filly returned to winning ways stepped up to this distance when taking out a similar race to this last month and she is taken to overcome a wide barrier in this contest.

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