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Australian Racing: Dolan's mount looks like the real Deal

There are nine meetings set to take place on Sunday, including at Sunshine Coast, where the going is a soft 7.

Race 5 Sunshine Coast

Dealing's Done @ 5.50

Race 7 Albany

Kohli @ 7.50

Race 5 Coffs Harbour

Showman @ 5.50

Done ready for Sunshine Coast win

The fifth race of the day at Sunshine Coast is a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap contest, with Platinum Lies expected to have her supporters on just her third career start.

The three-year-old showed ability when delivering an impressive success in a four-runner barrier trial in March last year and duly broke her maiden at the first attempt later that month.

The filly made all the running when recording a win over this track and trip on that occasion, however, she failed to shine when last of eight at Eagle Farm the following month.

Natalie McCall’s representative appeared to find racing at metro level too much and she tackles an easier contest here.

However, jockey Ryan Maloney will have to overcome a wide barrier if his mount is to return to winning ways and with that in mind DEALING'S DONE is preferred.

Robbie Dolan’s mount delivered a good third when beaten just over a length in a 1200m Class 1 event at this track in September.

While the colt has been unable to score since, he has acquitted himself well in stronger contests including when beaten less than two lengths at Eagle Farm in October.

The 5.50 selection was freshened prior to delivering a fifth, beaten nearly five lengths in a 1200m Benchmark 62 handicap at Ipswich recently and the drop in grade is a positive in this event.

The son of Better Than Ready has shown a liking for the forecast soft going in the past and looks up to delivering a victory.

Kohli to salute at Albany

The penultimate race on Albany’s card is the most valuable contest of the day with a field of 18 declared for the 1230m Benchmark 72+ handicap event.

Adam Durrant’s Supersession is expected to jump as favourite from a wide barrier following two placed efforts in metro contests at Ascot this spell.

The first of those saw the gelding beaten just over a length when contesting a similar race to this over 1000m on a good 4 track on December 9th.

The four-year-old followed that effort up with a half-length second when racing in a 1200m contest two weeks later.

The four-year-old raced from off the pace on each occasion and similar tactics are expected here with the booking of William Pike taking the eye.

However, trainer Rebecca Wallrodt has her horses in good form with three winners from her eight runners in the last 30 days and her representative KOHLI is the pick in this event.

The gelding is a regular at this venue and has shown a liking for the track with two wins and five second place finishes resulting from his seven previous starts here.

The 7.50 selection was racing first up when delivering a length victory in a Benchmark 58+ handicap over 1240m here on December 26th.

The six-year-old is another who is usually ridden from off the pace and he is taken to complete a double with Kyra Yuill in the saddle.

Showman set for success

The fifth race at Coffs Harbour sees SHOWMAN line up for a 1300m Benchmark 58 handicap due to take place on a good 4 track.

The selection won twice in 2023, including when victorious by a narrow margin in a maiden over 1550m on a heavy 9 track at Murwillumbah on his second start of the year.

The 5.50 gelding had delivered a good third at Grafton when making his return to action prior to that and ended 2023 with a triumph at Lismore.

The pick contested a 1526m Class 1 handicap held on a soft 5 track at Lismore in July and, having trialled twice last month, Braith Nock’s mount looks up to resuming with a victory.

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