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Australian Racing: Galenus set to launch glory bid

A metro meeting from Hobart is the highlight of Sunday's racing, while there are also a number of provincial and country fixtures set to take place.

Race 5 Hobart

Galenus @ 2.70

Race 2 Sunshine Coast

Aban @ 3.80

Race 7 Geraldton

Sluice Box @ 8.50

Galenus ready for Hobart success

The fifth at Hobart takes the eye with the seven-runner 1200m Benchmark 76 contest attracting no fewer than four last start winners.

A soft 5 track is expected with the hat-trick seeking Gee Gee Queen Bee expected to have her supporters for the Stuart Gandy stable.

The veteran performer's last two wins have come over around this distance here and in similar conditions to those expected here.

However, both have come at a lower level than the Wordsmith mare tackles here and having struggled at this level earlier this spell GALENUS, a winner here last time out is preferred.

That Launceston success came by a narrow margin on a good 4 track and the six-year-old has shown a liking for soft going in the past winning three times.

It’s of note that the Scott Brunton-trained mare’s three starts on wet tracks this spell have all come over distances short of his best.

Chelsea Baker takes an additional one-and-a-half-kilos off here and having been competitive at a higher level this spell her mount is taken to register a ninth career success. 

Aban to make all at Sunshine Coast

The second race at Sunshine Coast is a 1600m Class 3 handicap contest. A good 4 track is expected with two scratchings leaving a field of six to go to post.

Annabel Neasham saddles likely favourite Better Explain, who is the winner of three of his five starts to date.

The son of Better Than Ready encountered good going for the first time when delivering a three-and-a-half-length victory in a 1350m Benchmark 62 contest on a good 4 track at Warwick last month.

Freshened since that effort he may find conceding two kilos in weight to ABAN too much.

Jimmy Byrne’s mount has made just the three appearances to date, racing prominently on each occasion including when fourth in a 1400m Class 1 event at Eagle Farm last month.

The pick was racing first up on that occasion having broken his maiden over 1350m at Ipswich in August on his second career start.

Aban looks the most likely pace angle in here and with an easy lead expected he is taken to help trainer David Vandyke improve on his 24% strike-rate (16/67) at this track in the last year.

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Box in line for Cup glory

The Geraldton Cup is set to jump as the penultimate race on an eight-race card at the Western Australia venue.

The 2100m Benchmark 72+ contest has attracted a field of 16, with Come Right Back heading the market for Adam Durrant.

The six-year-old has been a regular in Cup races this spell contesting the Pinjarra Cup, Premiers SW Cup and Bunbury Cup on each of his last three starts.

This looks an easier contest than the Pinjarra Cup in which he finished fifth in over 2300m last time out, however you have to go back to February last year to find his latest success and he looks opposable.

Trainer Ashley Maley is double-handed here, with preference for SLUICE BOX, who placed third in the previously mentioned Pinjarra Cup.

The seven-year-old won twice at Belmont Park last spell including in a Benchmark 78+ contest over 2000m on a soft 6 surface in July.

While that latest effort was the son of My Admiration’s best this time around it’s worth noting that he had been racing over an inadequate trip in three starts prior to that effort.

The trip and forecast going here are in his favour and he is taken to provide jockey Troy Turner with a winner.

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