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Australian Racing: Finally to Realise his potential

There are four meetings set to take place on Monday, including a provincial fixture at Townsville.

Race 3 Townsville

Finally Realise @ 5.00

Race 6 Coffs Harbour

Atomic Selfie @ 1.90

Race 2 Sapphire Coast

Forty Four Cubits @ 2.70

Realise is right for Townsville triumph

The third race on the Townsville card is an interesting 1400m handicap contest. A soft 5 track is forecast, with Mystery ‘N’ Magic expected to prove popular on his return to a wet track.

The gelding could finish only fifth of six when beaten just under two-and-a-half-lengths in a 1300m contest on a good 4 surface here earlier this month.

The son of Rothesay had shown good form prior to that, winning two of his four starts this spell, including by three lengths in a course and distance handicap.

However, trainer Bill Kenning boasts an impressive 28% strike-rate (16/57) here in the last year and his representative FINALLY REALISE is preferred on this occasion.

All three of the five-year-old’s starts this spell have come at this venue and he has shaped as if building towards a win showing improvement each time.

The most recent of those efforts saw him finish a length second in a four runner Class 6 event over this track and trip on a good 4 surface earlier this month.

The son of All Too Hard has performed well on soft going in the past and looks capable of providing jockey Nathan Thomas with a winner.

Selfie to return to winning ways

Stoinka is expected to have his supporters ahead of the penultimate race on Coffs Harbour’s seven-race card.

The race concerned is a 1213m Benchmark 58 contest with a soft 6 track forecast for the eight-runner affair.

The three-year-old attempted to make all prior to being overhauled when beaten just under one-and-a-half-lengths into third when tackling a 1310m Benchmark 58 event at Lismore in February.

The Hooked gelding proved a disappointment when unable to get competitive prior to finishing 13th of 14 in a Class 3 over this track and trip subsequently.

The switch from a sound surface to soft going is no issue, but Daniel Bowen’s representative looks unlucky to bump into grade dropper ATOMIC SELFIE who is selected here.

Trained by Indiana Turner, the five-year-old has delivered a string of good efforts in defeat this spell, including when third, beaten just under five-and-a-half-lengths at Doomben earlier this month.

Notably that effort came in a Benchmark 65 contest and she had placed third in a Benchmark 64 event over 1170m at Wangaratta prior to that.

Crucially, the daughter of Atomic gets a drop in grade here and, having performed well on wet surfaces in the past, she looks up to registering a fourth career win.

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Cubits to complete a double

The second race at Sapphire Coast is a 1008m Benchmark 58 race set to take place on a good 4 track.

Trained by Keith Dryden, FORTY FOUR CUBITS made the perfect start to her racing career when delivering a near three-length victory in a 1000m maiden at Wagga at the start of this month.

That triumph came on a soft 5 surface and she should prove capable of handling the quicker going expected here.

The form of that maiden looks decent enough, with the second, third and fourth all delivering placed efforts subsequently.

Jockey James P Innes retains the ride here and he looks capable of partnering the daughter of Bon Hoffa to a second win in as many starts.

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