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Australian Racing: Diamondsaretrumps can dazzle at Coffs Harbour

There are three meetings set to take place on Monday with Coffs Harbour, Hamilton and Northam all set to race.

Race 7 Coffs Harbour

Diamondsaretrumps @ 15.00

Race 6 Hamilton 

Land Of Heroes @ 4.80

Race 6 Northam

Apache Blue @ 5.50

Diamonds for Coffs Harbour glory

The penultimate race on Coffs Harbour’s eight-race card is an interesting Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a good 4 track over 2005m.

Top weight Lady Goodfellow registered her second victory of the year when winning at Tuncurry last time out and she is expected to have her supporters here.

The five-year-old has shown good form at this Benchmark 58 level in the past finishing runner-up twice at Tuncurry, including when beaten half-a-length there three starts back.

The drop in distance will be no issue for Campbell Rawiller’s mount, however, a wide barrier may pose more problems and it can prove profitable to look elsewhere for the winner. 

DIAMONDSARETRUMPS has gone well at this venue in the past, including when placing third over this course and distance in a Class 1 event here in June.

That effort came on a soft 6 track, however the quicker going forecast here is no issue, having won by a length when tackling a 1900m Class 1 at Kempsey on her penultimate start.

Trained by Donna Stoddart, the selection subsequently delivered a fourth when beaten just over three lengths in a 1605m Class 1 set weights contest here two weeks ago. 

Jockey Noriyuki Masuda knows the selection well and the pick can make her first start in handicap company since June a winning one here. 

Heroes to stay unbeaten

The once-raced LAND OF HEROES takes the eye in the sixth race at Hamilton.

The race in question is a 1200m Restricted 64 handicap with a field of set to go to post for a race expected to take place on a soft 6 surface.

The four-year-old had to undergo an inspection at the barriers pre-race prior to making his debut at Warrnambool on 20th August..

The selection raced from off the pace on that occasion but finished strongly to deliver a length victory over 1100m.

Jockey Jarrod Fry, on board on that occasion, is again booked to ride with the step up to 1200m looking likely to suit. 

While the pick debuted on a heavy 10 track, the soft 6 here is expected to suit and he can provide Matthew Williams with his sixth winner from eight runners here in the last 12 months. 

Blue to salute for Clark

Over at Northam the sixth race of the day is a Class 3 1000m handicap due to take place on a soft 6 surface.

Jockey William Pike has to be respected at this venue and he partners the five-year-old mare Here’s Dreaming on this occasion.

The daughter of War Chant has finished out of the placings in both starts this spell, including when last of 13 in a Benchmark 66+ handicap at Belmont Park in July.

Freshened since that effort, the mare gets a drop to provincial racing and it’s not hard to see why she is favourite. 

Mollie Clark trains and rides APACHE BLUE here and he is preferred from barrier five in this contest.

The six-year-old has shown good form this spell including on a soft 5 track when third over 1200m in a Class 3 handicap at Belmont Park when racing first up.

A narrow second in a similar race to this over course and distance on a good 4 surface followed,with the pick doing best of those racing prominently that day. 

Apache Blue has a good barrier here and looks capable of delivering her first victory in over two years. 

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