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Australian Racing: Indispensable a pick not to be overlooked

There are seven meetings set to take place on Friday including 10-race cards at Hobart and Canberra.

Race 7 Hobart

Indispensable @ 5.00  

Race 4 Canberra

Dorami @ 3.60 

Race 7 Cranbourne

Master Right @ 4.20 

Indispensable for Tasmanian success

The Listed Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes over 1600m is set to take place as the seventh race of the day at Hobart.

The contest has attracted a field of seven with a soft 5 track expected for the feature event.

The Inevitable is expected to start a short-priced favourite having registered some good efforts in defeat this spell.

The John Keys-trained gelding was tried at Group 1 level in Sydney but suffered a surprise defeat on his return to Tasmania when runner-up in the Listed Conquering Stakes over 1600m at Launceston.

That Launceston defeat came on a soft 6 track and the eight-year-old is again set to race on a wet track, as he bids for back-to-back wins in this contest.

INDISPENSABLE sprung a surprise when defeating The Inevitable in the previously mentioned Conquering Stakes and he is taken to complete a double here.

The gelding has made just the two starts since switching to Tasmania, with the first of those coming when eighth in the Listed Newmarket Handicap over 1200m a month ago.

The son of Akeed Mofeed has shown good form in competitive contests in the past, including when winning by a narrow margin in a 1400m Benchmark 85 handicap at Eagle Farm in March.

Trained by John Blacker, the pick would have no issue should the going soften prior to race time, having won on a heavy surface in the past and he is selected to score under Craig Newitt. 

Dorami for Canberra success

The fourth race on the Canberra card is a competitive looking 1400m open handicap contest set to take place on a soft 6 surface.

Tap ‘n’ Run’s sole success last season came when taking out a 1400m Class 3 handicap on a good 3 track at Kembla Grange on 22nd November.

The gelding returned this spell with a last of 10, beaten over 20 lengths in a 1300m Benchmark 70 handicap at Wodonga last month.

Notably that effort came on a soft 6 and, while he has won and placed on wet tracks in the past, he showed marked improvement when winning on a good 3 track at Wagga Riverside subsequently.

That Wagga Riverside effort came over 1200m and, while he finished strongly that day, he looks vulnerable back on a forecast soft surface. 

While DORAMI is yet to win on a wet surface, she has placed on four of her six starts in soft or heavy conditions.

Those efforts include a good third over 1400m in a Benchmark 65 handicap held on a heavy 10 surface at this track at the start of this month.

An all-the-way success in a four runner 1300m Benchmark 60 event back here followed, prior to coming within half-a-length of recording a metro success at Randwick a week ago.

The selection raced on a soft 5 track in a Class 3 handicap at Randwick and dropping back in distance, she is taken to salute for trainer Norm Gardner.

Right to salute for Neasham

The penultimate race on the Cranbourne card is a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap with the Annabel Neasham-trained MASTER RIGHT taking the eye.

The five-year-old broke his maiden on a soft track over 1400m at Mudgee in May and has placed second in three of his four subsequent starts.

Those efforts include both starts this time around, including when narrowly beaten over 1200m in a Class 1 handicap at Kembla Grange when racing first up.

The pick raced on a good 4 track on that occasion and tackled a similar event when finishing well when stepped up to 1400m at Sandown Lakeside earlier this month.

The extra distance here looks likely to suit and Thomas Stockdale is taken to steer the five-year-old to victory.

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