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Australian Racing: Dragons Pins has legs for Kilcoy

There are four meetings set to take place on Thursday including an eight-race card at Wyong.

Race 6 Wyong

Wild Flash @ 3.00

Race 7 Kilcoy

Dragons Pins @ 2.60

Race 7 Northam

Cut The Cord @ 3.50

Flash to break maiden

The most valuable race on the Wyong card comes in the sixth race of the day, a 1350m maiden plate.

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Worth Avenue is expected to prove popular having shown solid form in two outings at Kembla Grange.

Both of those efforts have come in 1200m contests with the filly beaten a length into sixth when debuting on a good 4 track there in May.

The daughter of Trapeze Artist encountered similar underfoot conditions when registering her first-placed effort in finishing third there two weeks later.

The three-year-old was spelled following that effort and, while she rates a leading contender here, preference is for the colt WILD FLASH.

The pick showed plenty of ability in barrier trials winning twice including over 1000m here in June.

While the Patrick Cleave-trained colt suffered a defeat on debut, it’s of note that effort came when contesting a metro maiden over 1300m at Randwick Kensington on 6th September. 

The third home that day, Matusalem gave the form a boost with a victory at Hawkesburg last week, while the selection is expected to have improved for the experience.

Dylan Gibbons, on board for that debut effort, is again in the saddle and with an inside alley he is taken to steer the selection to victory. 

Pins to score at Wyong

The seventh race on a nine-race card at Kilcoy is a competitive looking Restricted 58 handicap set to take place over 1200m on a soft 5 track.

It’s Hells Bells who represents the Paul Jenkins’ stable and is expected to have his supporters, having delivered an impressive maiden win here on his penultimate start.

The four-year-old raced from the front prior to saluting by nearly four-and-a-half-lengths on that occasion and appeared to appreciate the step up in distance that day.

However, the gelding faded when beaten by nearly 15 lengths over the same trip in a Sunshine Coast Class 1 event on 17th September and goes on a retrieval mission here.

Barrier 11 isn’t ideal assuming connections employ the front-running tactics used of late and he looks opposable with the eight-year-old DRAGON PINS the pick here.

The selection has been knocking on the door so to speak so far in 2023, registering placed efforts in six of her 10 starts, including at Toowoomba at the start of this month.

That Toowoomba effort saw the gelding lose out by half-a-length in an 1100m Benchmark 62 contest on a good 4 track.

Notably the pick has placed on both starts over this track and trip this spell, including when third in a similar race to this on a soft 5 track in early May.

The gelding failed to shine when sixth over 1300m at Toowoomba when last in action but that did come at Class 3 level and tackling an easier event he looks up to scoring. 

Cord to double up

Grant & Alana Williams are double-handed in the finale at Northam with both Aroochacha and CUT THE CORD set to represent them in the 1100m Class 3 handicap.

Preference is for the second-named horse who has the services of top hoop William Pike for the race.

The six-year-old showed ability in maiden company in 2021, including when delivering a second-place finish at Pinjarra on debut.

However, he missed the whole of 2022 and was returning from over 18 months off the track when saluting over 1300m at this venue on 24th August.

The gelding raced from the front that day and, jumping from barrier one, he looks capable of following up under similar tactics.

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