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Australian Racing: Double on the cards for Countyourblessings

A light schedule on Tuesday sees just two meetings taking place, with Hawkesbury and Kyneton the venues offering up the action.

Race 2 Hawkesbury

Countyourblessings @ 2.40

Race 6 Hawkesbury

C'mon Mate @ 6.50

Race 5 Kyneton

Scopri @ 3.00

Blessings to double up

The second race at Hawkesbury is an interesting 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap restricted to fillies and mares.

Koby Girl recorded a barrier trial win over 897m at Canterbury early last month and duly made the perfect start to her racing career when successful in a 1200m maiden at Wyong on 28th January.

The daughter of Written By had to overcome a protest, having raced from the front jumping from a wide barrier that day and she steps up in distance here.

The form of that contest could be working out better, however, and the experienced COUNTYOURBLESSINGS is preferred.

Trainer John O’Shea can boast a 32% strike-rate (8/25) with his runners in the last 30 days, with the pick contributing to that tally when successful on 30th January.

The 2.40 selection came home over one-and-a-half-lengths clear of her rivals when contesting a 1200m maiden on a good 4 track at Goulburn that day.

The three-year-old should have no issues with the softer going forecast here, having placed on a soft 5 surface at Wyong when debuting in August.

An inside alley is a further positive in this contest and she is taken to salute with Chad Schofield taking the ride.

Mate can score at Hawkesbury

The penultimate race on the seven-race card at Hawkesbury is an 1100m Benchmark 64 handicap.

Tender Streak is expected to jump as the hot fancy, having shown good form in her first spell racing.

The filly registered second-place finishes in her first three starts, including when racing three wide prior to losing out by less than a length over 1200m at Kembla Grange in August.

Trained by Nathan Doyle, the filly recorded her first victory at the fourth time of asking when jumping at short odds for a maiden at Gosford just under two weeks later.

The youngster came home three-and-a-half lengths clear of her eight rivals when racing on a good 4 track that day and she resumes here following a barrier trial win over 1000m at Wyong last month.

C'MON MATE is the selection here though, with the gelding having delivered a first up success when winning by a length in a maiden contest over 1200m at Kembla Grange in July.

The 6.50 selection has placed in the top three in four of his six subsequent starts, including when narrowly beaten having raced from the front in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Kembla Grange in September.

Trainer Ross McConville spelled his gelding following that effort and he looks capable of delivering a first-up victory following a second in an 800m barrier trial at Kembla Grange on 5th February.

Scopri to salute in maiden

The fifth race at Kyneton is a competitive-looking maiden set to take place on a good 4 track over 1881m.

Four-year-old Galan goes in search of his first victory, having gone close a number of times in the past, including when third over 2050m at Mornington last time out.

While Celine Gaudray’s mount brings solid form into this contest, he has had plenty of chances and, with that in mind, the filly SCOPRI is selected to get the better of David & Coral Feek’s gelding.

The 3.00 selection delivered two solid fourth-place efforts in her first two outings, including when beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1600m maiden at Pakenham on 11th January.

The three-year-old raced on a soft 6 track that day and registered a good second when beaten less than half-a-length over 1612m in a fillies maiden at Benalla subsequently.

The So You Think filly is bred to appreciate the step up in distance she gets here and is selected to salute under Blaike McDougall.

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