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Australian Racing: Lady lined up for Moonee magic

There's metro action at both Moonee Valley and Randwick Kensington on Friday, with wet tracks expected at both.

Race 5 Moonee Valley

Lady Tino @ 3.60

Race 6 Randwick Kensington

Serene Nic @ 3.20

Race 7 Mornington

Nursery Chime @ 5.50

Lady in line for Valley victory

The fifth race on the Moonee Valley card is an interesting 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Fullproof broke his maiden at Pakenham in July and is expected to start favourite for the Anthony & Sam Freedman team.

The gelding registered a two-length victory when tackling a 1600m contest on the synthetic track there on that occasion.

The four-year-old’s only subsequent start saw him lose out narrowly when runner-up in a Class 1 handicap over 1400m at Ballarat when making his turf debut on a good 3 surface last month.

Fullproof tackles a wet track for the first time here and, while similar comments going-wise apply to LADY TINO, she is preferred as she bids to extend her unbeaten record to five.

The top weight won twice as a two-year-old including when racing at Benchmark 64 level in saluting by nearly one-and-a-half lengths in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Pakenham in January.

While both of her victories this time around have come at Benchmark 58 level, the 3.60 pick shaped as if there is more to come on both occasions.

The most recent of those triumphs saw her register a near length success in a 1500m contest on a good 4 track at Mornington on November 14th.

While the filly shoulders top weight here, she has a decent barrier five from the rail and apprentice Tatum Bull is engaged for the ride.

Nic to complete a double

The penultimate race on the Randwick Kensington card is a competitive looking 1400m Benchmark 72 handicap for fillies & mares.

A heavy 8 track is expected with Miss Faberge expected to have her supporters with Rachel King in the saddle.

The filly demonstrated that she can compete at metro level earlier this year when runner-up at Rosehill and she resumed with a victory in a 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap at Gosford.

The daughter of Russian Revolution followed that effort up with a fifth when tackling a 1300m Benchmark 72 handicap at Rosehill November 15th.

Notably both of those efforts came on a good 4 track and, while unraced on heavy going, she has placed twice from four starts on soft ground.

While similar comments regarding heavy ground apply to SERENE NIC, she has shown a liking for soft tracks in the past.

The 3.20 pick is two from two on soft going, with the most recent of her victories coming on a soft 7 surface when tackling a Benchmark 68 handicap over 1300m at Kembla Grange in October.

Matthew Smith’s filly prepped for this with a down the field effort in a 1050m barrier trial at Randwick and she is expected to show improvement from that effort.

The four-year-old is usually ridden with restraint and with that in mind a wide barrier shouldn’t pose too many problems and she is selected to complete a double with Nash Rawiller booked to ride. 

Chime goes out for Mornington success

NURSERY CHIME takes the eye in the seventh race at Mornington, with the mare having demonstrated good, placed form in her last spell.

The 5.50 pick contests a 1500m Benchmark 58 handicap for fillies & mares here and ended her last spell with a third in a 2200m Benchmark 58 handicap at Bendigo in April.

The shorter distance appeared to be no real issue when the selection resumed with a fifth over 1400m in a Class 1 handicap at Ballarat November 15th.

The pick has shown that she handles wet tracks in the past and with that in mind a soft 5 surface should prove no issue and she looks capable of saluting under Rhys McLeod.

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