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Australian Racing: Hero heading for Terang glory

There are two meetings set to take place on Tuesday, with Terang and Scone both due to race.

Race 6 Terang

Honour De Hero @ 4.40

Race 1 Scone

Heika @ 2.00

Race 6 Scone

Invincible Red @ 3.20

Hero to take the Honour

The sixth race on the Terang card is an interesting Benchmark 58 handicap for fillies & mares, set to take place over 1400m.

Jordan Childs’ mount Sevillana is expected to prove popular with punters, having shown good form so far this spell.

The five-year-old followed up a second in a 1200m maiden at Warrnambool at the start of last month with a win over 1350m at Donald 17 days later.

The mare tackled winners for the first time when recording a third of eight in a Class 1 handicap held over 1300m at Bendigo earlier this month.

While the Symon Wilde-trained mare has a good barrier here last time out, HONOUR DE HERO is preferred on this occasion.

The experienced six-year-old was registering her second victory of the year when triumphing at Penshurst last time out, having also won at Burrumbeet in January.

That Penshurst triumph came by five lengths in a 1284m Benchmark 58 handicap held on a soft 7 track November 25th. 

The 4.40 pick raced from off the pace at Penshurst and Ryan Houston’s one-and-a-half-kilogram claim will come in handy, with trainer Daniel Bowman boasting a 33% strike-rate (4/12) in the last 30 days.

Given that the daughter of Von Costa De Hero is a tactically versatile mare, a wide alley here shouldn’t pose too many issues and she is taken to complete a double.

Heika looks tasty at Scone

The opener at Scone takes the eye with the Benchmark 74 handicap having attracted a field of eight.

The 2200m contest is set to take place on a good 4 track, with Chocolatier returning to forecast good going following three starts on wet tracks.

The most recent of those saw the gelding race from the front prior to losing out by a narrow margin when tackling a Benchmark 66 handicap over 2220m at Grafton November 26th.

The veteran was putting a below par effort when sixth of seven over 1900m at Kempsey behind him that day and, while he holds strong claims, HEIKA is expected to prove hard to beat.

Trained by Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich, the four-year-old saluted when racing first up in a 1200m Class 1 handicap at this venue in October.

A narrow victory stepped up to 1500m for Benchmark 66 handicap held on a good 4 surface at Muswellbrook followed prior to a below-par effort on a heavy 8 track at Gosford. 

While the 2.00 selection stepped up in distance to 1900m at Gosford, it’s likely that the wet track was to blame for the below-par effort and he returns to a forecast sound surface here.

Jockey Aaron Bullock has been in great form in the last month and his mount is taken to return to winning ways here.

Red to complete double

Craig Martin saddles INVINCIBLE RED in the penultimate race on the Scone card, a 1400m Class 1 handicap contest.

The four-year-old showed ability when coming from off the pace to deliver a third, beaten just over five-and-a-half-lengths, in a 1200m maiden at Quirindi last month.

The 3.20 selection raced on a good 4 track that day and broke his maiden at the second attempt when successful by a length in a maiden over 1400m on a soft 5 surface at Tamworth later that month.

Jockey Aaron Bullock rode the pick close to the speed at Tamworth and, with an inside barrier, similar tactics are expected here with the pair selected to complete a double.

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