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Australian Racing: King Of The Castle chasing Coffs Harbour crown

The Coffs Harbour Cup is the feature race of the day at Coffs Harbour with the track among five set to race on Friday.

Race 7 Coffs Harbour

King Of The Castle @ 5.50

Race 6 Ballarat Synthetic

Cover Star @ 5.00

Race 6 Canberra Acton

Frisson @ 1.90

Castle to rule in Cup

The Cup is due off as the penultimate race on an eight-race card set to take place on a soft 5 surface at Coffs Harbour.

The 1600m contest has attracted eighteen decs with Stonecoat expected to prove popular with punters for jockey Rachel King.

Trained by the powerful Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team the gelding gets a drop to country level racing having been racing at metro level at Randwick in three starts this spell.

The most recent of those saw the gelding attempt to make all the running prior to finishing third in a 1600m Benchmark 88 handicap on a good 4 track there a week ago.

The winner of the Morphettville Guineas back in March, the gelding has a good alley here and rates a leading contender. 

KING OF THE CASTLE is closely matched with Stonecoat on their running in the previously mentioned Benchmark 88 event at Randwick, a race in which Joseph Pride’s inmate finished runner-up.

The selection meets Stonecoat on a kilogram worse terms here, but has been in good form this spell given he delivered victories at Warwick Farm and Randwick Kensington earlier in the campaign.

The Randwick Kensington triumph came on a soft 5 track and with the going no issue with Jake Baylis taking the ride on the seven-year-old. 

The pick's tactical versatility is a positive in this contest, the gelding performed well from off the pace and when racing behind the speed in recent starts and he looks up to saluting here. 

Star to shine

The sixth race at Ballarat Synthetic is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 70 handicap contest.

Rosalia showed a liking for this track when runner-up in a six field Benchmark 64 event here when racing first up last month.

The six-year-old is expected to start favourite for this contest however COVER STAR looks capable of getting the better of Paddy Payne’s representative. 

The front-runner registered a runner-up finish when beaten three-and-a-half-lengths having tried to make all the running in a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap here on 23rd June.

Jockey Madison Lloyd attempted to employ similar tactics when the pick faded late on over the same distance in a Class 1 handicap just over two weeks ago.

Trained by Matthew Cumani the filly shapes as if a drop back in distance will suit, with the pick having broken her maiden over 1100m at Kyneton back in May.

With a good alley next to the rail the daughter of Star Witness is selected to make all the running to register her second career win. 

Frisson for Canberra Acton glory

FRISSON takes the eye in the penultimate race on Canberra Acton’s seven-race card.

The race in question is a 1280m Benchmark 65 handicap with a field of 10 declared for the contest. 

The six-year-old has performed well at this venue in two starts here this spell including when suffering a narrow defeat having attempted to make all over 1206m in June.

A below par ninth when tracking the early speed over 1200m at Goulburn followed but the gelding returned to form when back at this venue and racing in a Benchmark 70 event two weeks ago.

Trained by Gary Kirkup the selection won by a length under his jockey here Matthew Cahill on that occasion and he is taken to deliver a victory upped in trip and dropped to a Benchmark 65 event.   

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