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Australian Racing: Feudal rule likely at Kyneton

There are just three meetings to look forward to on Monday including at bet365 Park Kyneton, a swell as Scone and Warwick.

Race 7 Kyneton

Feudal Empire @ 7.00

Race 2 Scone

Master Miyagi @ 5.00

Race 8 Warwick

Tea Leaves @ 2.70

Empire to dominate at Kyneton

The penultimate race on the bet365 Park Kyneton card is an interesting 1203m Benchmark 58 handicap event.

A soft 5 track is expected here with Density likely to have his supporters for the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr team.

The four-year-old broke his maiden on a wet track when seeing off his 11 rivals by a narrow margin in a 1400m maiden at Terang back in February.

The son of Spirit Of Boom was making his first start since a gelding operation on that occasion and delivered a fifth at Pakenham the following month on his only subsequent start.

That Pakenham effort came over 1400m when tackling a Benchmark 64 handicap and the gelding was spelled having acquitted himself well on that occasion.

The gelding’s success at Terang came when racing first up and he is expected to be sharp when dropping in grade for his seasonal reappearance.

However, preference is for the race fit FEUDAL EMPIRE, who while yet to win in seven starts in 2023, has finished in the first four on five occasions.

The gelding, was a winner at Benchmark 64 level when racing for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace in September last year.

The 7.00 pick has changed trainer twice since but showed that he can be a force at that Benchmark 64 level when beaten just over a length into fourth at Cranbourne three starts back.

The selection debuted for trainer Patrick Keane with a fifth in a 1212m Benchmark 58 handicap held on a good 4 track at Kilmore at the start of this month.

The switch to a wet track is no issue and Paul Gatt’s mount is taken to defy top weight here.

Miyagi to make all at Scone

Scone are set to stage a competitive eight-race card, with the second race of the day a 1000m maiden handicap event.

A good 4 track is expected, with Ferro Vero likely to start at short odds for the Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich team.

The gelding showed solid form in his first spell racing, placing second in two of his three outings.

The second of those saw the son of Real Steel finish just over a length behind the winner in a 1400m maiden at Hawkesbury in June.

While all three of his starts at two came on wet tracks, Braith Nock’s mount has shown up well in barrier trials held on good going in the last month.

However, he may struggle to get past likely pace-setter MASTER MIYAGI, who will jump from next to the rail.

While the pick could deliver only fair efforts in defeat for Annabel Neasham, it’s notable that he has taken a step forward since joining the Cody Morgan stable and undergoing a gelding operation.

The 5.00 selection won a 900m barrier trial at this track early last month, while he failed to hold on when attempting to make all prior to a narrow defeat over 950m at Moree at the start of this month.

The gelding raced on a soft 5 track at Moree and, with similar underfoot conditions forecast here, he looks up to scoring under Ashley Morgan.

Leaves ready for Warwick success

The finale at Warwick is an interesting affair, with top weight TEA LEAVES expected to deliver a victory in the 2000m Benchmark 60 handicap.

The pick returned to action with a solid fifth in a 135-m Benchmark 62 handicap held on a good 3 track at Ipswich October 26th.

Trained by Michelle Labahn, the 2.70 selection took a step forward when delivering a victory in a 1675m Class 3 event at the same venue earlier this month.

While that latest effort was only a six-runner contest, the pick has performed well over this track and trip in the past and is taken to complete a double.

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