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Australian Racing: Float Our Boat can sail to victory

There are six meetings set to take place on Thursday including at Gosford who are set to stage an eight race metropolitan card.

Race 8 Gosford 

Smiling Prophet @ 6.00

Race 7 Northam 

Float Our Boat @ 6.00

Race 5 Kilmore 

Sir Freddie @ 4.20

Prophet for Gosford glory 

The finale at Gosford is a competitive looking Benchmark 64 handicap over 1000m. A soft 5 surface is expected with Frilled coming into this contest unbeaten in two starts. 

The first of those saw the Matthew Smith-trained filly jump as a $2.10 favourite for a 1000m maiden plate at Nowra last month following three wins from as many starts in barrier trial contests. 

The filly made all the running to draw nearly three-and-a-half-lengths clear of her rivals in a nine runner contest held on a soft 5 track. 

The three-year-old duly followed up switched to a good 4 track when tackling a Class 1 event over the same distance at Kembla Grange earlier this month. 

Two months separated Jeff Penza’s mount from her four rivals that day however she may have more issues jumping from barrier six here and with that in mind SMILING PROPHET is preferred in this contest. 

While Smiling Prophet is set to jump from a wide alley in nine that should prove no issue for her given she performed well when runner-up at Newcastle in December when racing from off the pace. 

Since then the filly has been ridden more prominently including when half-a-length second when racing in a Benchmark 64 event over 900m at Newcastle earlier this month. 

The daughter of Divine Prophet was returning from a break that day and she looks up to returning to winning ways having been outclassed in the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes over 1100m at Scone last time.

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Boat for Northam victory 

The penultimate race on the Northam card is a 2200m Benchmark 50+ handicap set to take place on a good 4 track. 

Phenomenal Anomaly is expected to jump as favourite having delivered a third place finish when beaten four-and-a-half-lengths over 2100m at Belmont Park on his penultimate outing. 

The five-year-old followed that effort up with at last of 10 in a 2013m contest at Pinjarra having been freshened prior to that contest. 

The extra distance here is unlikely to cause too many issues but Summer Dickson’s representative lacks consistency and looks opposable here. 

FLOAT OUR BOAT showed good form over this trip when beaten less than a length into third in a race at this level at Belmont Park at the end of March. 

While the pick has failed to shine in three subsequent starts it’s notable that tactics were changed when racing from the front in his two most recent outings. 

Brad Parnham is a positive jockey booking here and the six-year-old is selected to deliver his fifth career success.

Freddie to follow up 

Top weight SIR FREDDIE takes the eye in the fifth at Kilmore. The race in question is a 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap with a soft 5 track expected. 

Trained by Thomas Nikolic the selection showed that he likes this venue when delivering a narrow margin victory in an 1100m Benchmark 58 event at this track earlier this month. 

That success came on a soft 7 track having been fractious in the stalls prior to being slowly away in the 10 runner event. 

The son of Counterattack finished strongly in that event and shaped as if worth another go at this 1200m trip. 

The promising Codi Jordan takes a valuable two kilograms off and he is taken to partner the four-year-old to a third win in seven career starts.

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