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Australian Racing: Mandino out to produce Moe magic

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday with Moe’s nine-race card supplemented by seven-race events at Muswellbrook, Moruya and Yeppoon.

Race 1 Moe

Mandino @ 2.60

Race 3 Muswellbrook

Edge Of Reward @ 3.20

Race 5 Moruya

Saiko @ 2.50

Mandino to break maiden

The opening race on the Moe card is an interesting 2400m maiden contest set to take place on a heavy 8 surface. 

The four-year-old City Limits showed good form earlier this spell placing on both starts since stepping up in distance.

The gelding showed good form to deliver his first placed effort when third in a 2200m maiden on a good 4 track at Bairnsdale at the end of July.

Trained by Greg Eurell, the gelding confirmed that promise when delivering a third place finish over 2447m at Geelong next time out.

The son of Complacent was found to have heart issues when failing to finish back at Geelong subsequently and with that in mind he looks opposable here. 

While MANDINO has less experience than his main rival, he took a step forward when stepped up to 2221m to finish runner-up in a maiden contest held on a soft 6 surface on 1st September.

The selection had shown glimpses of ability when down the field in two starts prior to that effort, including when eighth over 1600m at Pakenham Synthetic on his penultimate outing. 

Both of the four-year-old’s previous turf starts have come on a soft 6 track and he should have no issues with the softer going forecast here.

The step up in distance looks likely to suit and Zac Spain’s mount is selected to break his maiden at the fourth attempt. 

Reward for Muswellbrook success

The Nathan Doyle stable can boast an impressive 33% strike-rate (6/18) in the last 30 days and their EDGE OF REWARD is taken to deliver a victory in the third at Muswellbrook. 

The race in question is a 1750m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface. 

The pick has shown a liking for a good 4 track in the past including when breaking his maiden over 1400m at Port Macquarie in January.

The gelding has registered one victory since that triumph, coming home two-lengths clear of his rivals in a 1614m Class 1 handicap on a soft 5 track at Taree three starts back.

The selection followed that win up with a good fourth when beaten nearly three-and-a-half-lengths in a 1500m Benchmark 66 handicap here at the end of July.

While below par over 1600m at Gosford last time out it’s of note that the pick gets a marked drop in grade here and he is taken to deliver a third victory of the year stepping up in trip. 

Saiko seeks Moruya success

The fifth race at Moruya is a competitive looking Benchmark 58 handicap due to take place over 1210m on a good 4 track.

Forbes failed to shine when last of seven here last time out but is expected to have his supporters having placed second at Sapphire Coast prior.

The five-year-old’s only previous victory came in a 920m maiden here back in September last year, however, he looks opposable from barrier eight.

SAIKO has shown good placed form in recent starts, including when narrowly beaten when racing at this level over course and distance on his penultimate start.

The selection placed second in similar underfoot conditions that day and followed that effort up with a second in a Benchmark 70 contest over the same trip at Canberra Acton.

The gelding has a decent barrier six from the rail here and looks up to recording his third career win.

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