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Australian Racing: Grin looks good to go at Pakenham

There are three meetings scheduled for Monday with a synthetic track meeting at Pakenham supplementing turf cards at Muswellbrook and Wagga.

Race 6 Pakenham

Dirty Grin @ 3.80

Race 4 Wagga

Kappy's Angel @ 5.50

Race 7 Muswellbrook

Code In Time @ 3.00

Grin goes for Pakenham glory

The sixth race at Pakenham is an interesting Benchmark 58 handicap event set to take place over 1200m.

Esecutore is expected to have his supporters, having registered four solid efforts so far this prep.

The first two of those saw him place at Cranbourne, including when third in a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap on a soft 5 track in April.

Matt Laurie’s gelding gets a drop down from metro racing here following two starts at Sandown, however a wide barrier is enough to temper enthusiasm.

DIRTY GRIN is preferred on this occasion, with the gelding set to jump from barrier six on his synthetic track debut.

The four-year-old broke his maiden when racing over 1412m on a soft 5 track at Geelong in January last year and he has made just five starts since.

Two of those have come this season, with the 3.80 pick recording a good effort when runner-up over 1210m in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Kyneton in October.

The selection has been spelled since finishing a close second over 1406m in a Benchmark 58 handicap subsequently.

Both of those efforts came on a good 4 track and he represents the Simon Zahra team here.

The drop back to 1200m should pose no issue and, having gone well when fresh in the past, he is taken to resume with a win.

Angel to salute at Wagga

The 1000m Wagga Winter Sprint, a Benchmark 82 handicap over 1000m comes up as the fourth race on Wagga’s seven-race card.

The four-year-old Lang Park is expected to attract support, having demonstrated strong form in the past.

The gelding’s three previous wins include a metro triumph when racing over 1300m in a Benchmark 64 handicap on the Hillside track at Sandown in January.

The son of Flying Artie returned from a spell with a four-length seventh over 1200m at Cranbourne, prior to a second over the same distance at Casterton on 19th May.

That latest effort came on a soft 6 track and he wears a lugging bit for the first time on his debut for a new trainer.

KAPPY'S ANGEL is a regular at this track and she is the pick in this event.

The six-year-old won over 1200m when contesting at Benchmark 70 handicap on a good 4 track in March and she has won twice subsequently.

Both of those successes have come on the Riverside layout at this venue, including by over two lengths in a Benchmark 74 handicap over 1200m on 25th May.

The 5.50 selection overcame being hampered near the 200m to finish strongly for the win on that occasion and she gets on well with jockey Holly Durnan.

Barrier seven shouldn’t be an issue for a mare who is a versatile sort with regards to tactics and she looks capable of completing a double.

Time to take Muswellbrook finale

The concluding race on the Muswellbrook card is a 1450m Benchmark 66 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track.

The Annabel Neasham-trained CODE IN TIME takes the eye here, having demonstrated good form earlier this prep.

The pick won his first two starts this time around, following up a maiden victory at Canberra with a half-length triumph over 1300m at the same venue.

That 1300m success came on a soft 6 track and he placed second on his next two starts, including when narrowly beaten in a 1300m Class 2 at Scone on 17th May.

The 3.00 selection was beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths when seventh in first-time blinkers in a 1300m Benchmark 64 handicap at Kembla Grange earlier this month.

Angus Villiers takes a valuable one-and-a-half-kilograms off the son of Encryption’s back and his mount looks up to returning to winning ways.

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