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Australian Racing: Junipal going for gold at Ballarat

There are five meetings scheduled for Friday including at Ballarat, where an eight-race card featuring the Gold Nugget is set to take place.

Race 7 Ballarat

Junipal @ 4.80

Race 7 Scone

Hell Of A Show @ 5.00

Race 3 Goulburn

Shelly's Ace @ 3.00

Junipal Golden for Nugget success

A field of 12 is set to go to post for the 1600m feature handicap at Ballarat, with Ima Shelby expected to jump as favourite.

Trained by the Ben, JD & Will Hayes team, the gelding delivered a metro victory when tackling a Benchmark 78 handicap over 1400m at Sandown Lakeside early last month.

Successful on a soft 5 surface on that occasion, the five-year-old performed well when third in the same grade over 1600m at Moonee Valley later that month.

The gelding usually races close to the speed and with that in mind barrier nine is a negative here with JUNIPAL preferred in this contest.

The veteran performer has registered victories in stronger races than this in the past and gets a drop in grade for this event following a sixth in the Listed Hearthlie Stakes at Caulfield.

That effort came over 1700m on a good 4 track at the start of this month, with the 4.80 pick having been freshened prior to that effort.

John Allen’s mount placed second when narrowly beaten in a Benchmark 100m handicap event at Moonee Valley at the end of July and is taken to go one better here.

Show prepares to break maiden

The most valuable race on Scone’s eight-race card comes up as the penultimate contest with the 1400m handicap having attracted 18 declarations.

Night Patra shoulders top weight here and is expected to have his supporters following placed efforts in his two most recent outings.

The first of those saw the four-year-old placed third when beaten a length over 1400m at Tamworth on August 25th.

The gelding followed that effort up with a one-and-a-half-length second in a 1600m contest held on a good 4 surface here earlier this month.

While the son of Bon Hoffa rates as a leading player, he has to concede weight to all bar one of his rivals here and HELL OF A SHOW looks capable of getting the better of him in this event.

Hell Of A Show won twice in barrier trials including in a 1030m contest at Rosehill in May and he has acquitted himself well in three starts to date.

The best of those three efforts saw the 5.00 pick place second when beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m maiden on a good 4 track at Tuncurry two weeks ago.

The three-year-old shaped as if the step up in distance he gets here would suit and he is taken to break his maiden at the fourth attempt.

Ace holds the cards at Goulburn

The third race at Goulburn is an interesting 1000m Class 1 handicap contest.

A soft 5 track is expected for the sprint contest, with Scott Collings’ representative SHELLY'S ACE expected to prove hard to beat.

The three-year-old showed ability when fourth on a good 4 track at Wagga - debuting over this distance in early March.

The 3.00 selection has shown improved form this time around, however, following up a second over this course and distance with a narrow victory here two weeks ago.

The filly raced on wet tracks in both starts this spell, including when tackling a heavy 9 surface for her victory.

Alysha Collett is a positive jockey booking and jumping from barrier one she can steer the daughter of Shalaa to a second career success.

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