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Australian Racing: Donatrice good to go at Cranbourne

There are six meetings set to take place on Friday, including nine-race cards at both Cranbourne and Tatura, as well as action from Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Sunshine Coast and Cloncurry.

Race 8 Cranbourne

Donatrice 7.00

Race 7 Tamworth

Florino @ 2.30

Race 3 Coffs Harbour

Enterprise Lassie @ 4.00

Donatrice set for Cranbourne success

The Rhiannon Schiffer-trained Rick’s Café is expected to have her supporters ahead of the eighth race at Cranbourne.

The race in question is a 2025m open event for fillies & mares with a good 4 track expected at the Victoria venue.

The mare has shown good form in her three starts this spell, including when successful by a length in a 1600m Benchmark 70 handicap on a soft 6 at Sandown Hillside at the end of August.

The eight-year-old performed well on quicker going when half-a-length third over 1800m at the same venue in a similar contest subsequently.

The veteran steps up in trip here and, while she has relatively few miles on the clock with just 12 starts to her name, preference is for DONATRICE.

The six-year-old made her return to action over an inadequate 1400m and she delivered a respectable effort in finishing seventh on a heavy 8 track at Bendigo.

The extra distance brought about improvement in form, with the 7.00 selection going on to salute by a narrow margin in a 1715m Restricted 64 handicap at Geelong at the end of July.

A further step up in trip followed with Archie Alexander’s mare saluting in a 2040m Benchmark 70 metro handicap at Moonee Valley.

The mare is in the form of her life at present and, following a fourth in a Benchmark 78 event over 2000m at Caulfield, she looks capable of saluting here.

Florino to resume with victory

The penultimate race on the Tamworth card is a competitive looking 1200m Class 3 handicap due to take place on a good 4 track.

The Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich team look to hold strong claims here with FLORINO and Sumptuary at the head of the market.

Sumptuary is a daughter of Snitzel who has shown good form so far in 2023, winning three times including when racing first up in an 1100m Benchmark 66 handicap at Scone last month.

Aaron Bullock’s mount has drawn barrier nine here, however, and, while tactically versatile, it’s of note that she has raced prominently for all three previous victories.

Stablemate Florino is the 2.30 pick here, having delivered victories in three of his four starts to date, including over this distance.

The gelding’s sole defeat came when runner-up over this distance on a soft 6 track at Gosford on his penultimate start, however, he made amends when winning a similar event at Newcastle next time out.

The selection has been given a break since recording that Newcastle success back in June and a win in a barrier trial at Scone earlier this month should have put him spot-on for this contest.

Florino has a good barrier in six here and is taken to register a victory on his return from a break.

Lassie to salute at Coffs Harbour

The third race at Coffs Harbour takes the eye for our third selectionm with ENTERPRISE LASSIE the pick in the 2000m Benchmark 58 handicap.

With a good 4 track forecast, the Spill The Beans filly has the going to suit, having performed well on a sound surface in four of her five starts this spell.

Those efforts include a length victory in a 1710m Class 1 set weights event at Grafton and a third in a 1605 handicap when racing at this level here on her penultimate start.

Michael Cahill’s 4.00 mount has a good alley in six here and, stepping up in distance, looks capable of delivering a victory with the blinkers worn of late removed for this event.

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