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Australian Racing: Luvarchie to dazzle in the Sunshine

There are nine race meetings set to take place on Sunday, including at Sunshine Coast, where they are set to stage a ten-race card.

Race 6 Sunshine Coast

Luvarchie @ 5.50

Race 7 Bendigo

Allyrock @ 4.60

Race 7 Bordertown

Brungle Raider @ 4.40

Luvarchie looks good on the Coast

The sixth race of the day is the most valuable contest at Sunshine Coast, with the 1000m maiden plate having a prize fund of $100,000.

Eighteen have been declared for the race, with Chris Munce’s Payline expected to have his supporters having placed in each of his last two starts.

The most recent of those saw the gelding lose out by a narrow margin when partnered by Tahlia Fenlon in a course and distance maiden event held on a soft 5 track last month.

The three-year-old was making his seasonal debut on that occasion, having filled the same spot on a good 4 track over 1200m at Eagle Farm back in June.

Barrier nine isn’t ideal here, however, and it can pay to look elsewhere for the winner.

LUVARCHIE is preferred, with the four-year-old having shown solid form over this course and distance in his three starts to date.

The first of those saw the gelding register a five-length fourth, having tracked the pace over this course and distance November 7th.

The 5.50 selection took a step forward when losing out by two lengths having raced from the front in a similar contest two weeks later.

The pick registered his most recent placed effort when narrowly beaten in a blanket finish when placing third having jumped from barrier ten over this track and trip just under two weeks ago.

The form of that latest effort has been boosted since with the fourth home Milton Road registering a victory.

Billy Healey’s son of Sooboog has raced on wet tracks in all three previous starts and jumping from barrier four is selected to break his maiden at the fourth attempt.

Allyrock to roll to Bendigo win

Bendigo are set to race on a good 4 track with the seventh race on the card a 2400m Benchmark 58 handicap contest.

King Of The World has been going well of late and is expected to jump as favourite following a narrow defeat over 2460m in a Benchmark 58 handicap at Mornington on December 1st.

The five-year-old raced on a soft 5 track day, but the quicker going expected here is no issue, having won by a narrow margin over 2240m in a Restricted 58 handicap at Geelong prior.

While King Of The World looks to hold strong claims here, ALLYROCK is the pick for the Reece Goodwin stable.

While the mare has been allocated a wide barrier here, she is a versatile type and showed good form when runner-up at Moe in a 2050m Benchmark 58 handicap earlier this month.

The 4.60 six-year-old raced from the rear of mid-division on that occasion, having been beaten two lengths into third over 2200m when racing in a similar event at Bairnsdale prior.

The extra distance here is no issue for Daniel Stackhouse’s mount, who looks capable of recording her third career win.

Raider to claim Bordertown Cup

It’s Cup Day at Bordertown, with the 2000m Benchmark 72 Woolshed Inn Bordertown Cup set to take place as the seventh race on an eight-race card.

BRUNGLE RAIDER is taken to overcome a wide barrier here, having shown good form in his last spell.

The 4.40 selection registered four wins during that spell, including over 2700m at Stawell and 2600m at Cranbourne, with both of those triumphs coming in April.

The six-year-old showed plenty of promise despite a slow start when fourth over 1600m in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Ballarat when racing first up this time around.

The gelding has won second up in the past and, with the extra distance here in his favour, he is taken to salute under Neil Farley.

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