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Australian Racing: Lieutenant looks Good at Golbourn

There are just three meeting scheduled for Tuesday, including at Goulburn where a heavy 8 track is forecast.

Race 6 Goulburn

Good Lieutenant @ 3.50

Race 3 Ballarat Synthetic

Frenchmans Bay @ 2.60

Race 2 Mackay

Flop Turn River @ 3.80

Lieutenant to salute at Goulburn

The sixth at Goulburn is an interesting 1000m maiden handicap event.

Top weight Spiritchaser is expected to jump as favourite, having shown plenty of ability when racing in 2022.

The three-year-old’s efforts that year include three consecutive placed efforts, most recently when runner-up in a maiden handicap over 1100m at Canterbury in November.

However, the daughter of Show A Heart disappointed over the same track and trip when eighth two weeks later.

The filly has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past when runner-up on a heavy 8 surface at Newcastle back in October, but the race-fit GOOD LIEUTENANT is preferred in this event.

Trained by Matthew Smith, the selection returned this campaign with a five-and-a-half-length sixth in a 1200m maiden at Newcastle last month.

That effort came on a soft 5 surface and the return to a heavy track appeared to suit when five-and-a-half-lengths second over this trip at Kembla Grange on heavy 8 surface two weeks later.

A wide barrier here is a slight concern, but the pick was ridden with restraint last time out and expect jockey Jean Van Overmeire to employ similar tactics here.

Bay ready to break maiden

FRENCHMANS BAY rates a worthy favourite in the third race on the Ballarat Synthetic card.

The pick showed a liking for this venue and surface when finishing runner-up, beaten two-and-a-half-lengths in an 1100m maiden at the track when debuting at the end of September.

While the filly has failed to score in three subsequent starts on turf, she has finished in second place on each occasion including when beaten half-a-length over 1300m at Bendigo in November.

The daughter of Helmet is a versatile type with regards to trip having previously been beaten by a narrow margin when tackling a 1600m maiden contest here in October.

Off the track since that Bendigo effort she ran well first up in her first spell and has a good alley four off the rail.

The pick's jockey from Bendigo John Allen is again in the saddle here and he looks capable of steering the Andrew Noblet-trained filly to a first victory on her return to this venue.

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River aims to flow at Mackay

Top weight Eye Pee Oh Ready heads into the second at Mackay in good form having won two of his last four starts.

The gelding tackles a Class 2 handicap over 1100m here, with a good 4 surface expected for the nine runner contest.

Trained by Ricky Vale, the son of Better Than Ready's most recent victory came by two-and-a-half-lengths in a 1400m handicap at Rockhampton last month.

While Ryan Wiggins’ mount should have no issue with the good 4 surface having won in these conditions here in February, the 1100m distance may prove more of an issue.

Stablemate FLOP TURN RIVER is preferred on this occasion, having shown a liking for this venue when delivering a half-length success in a course and distance maiden handicap April 11th.

That triumph came on a good 3 surface on his return from a spell, having performed well in stronger contests last spell, including when third over 1600m in an Eagle Farm maiden in November.

Leslie Tilley, on board last time out, is again in the saddle and can steer the gelding to a second career success.

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