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It's another packed day of racing across Australia on Saturday
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Australian Racing: Marion Street on the road to victory

There are nine meetings set to take place across the country including at Casterton and Sale in Victoria.

Race 7 Casterton

Harbouring @ 6.50

Race 4 Sale

Marion Street @ 2.90

Race 7 Sunshine Coast

Hoot ‘N’ Holler @ 23.00

Harbouring for Casterton glory

The penultimate race on the Casterton card is an interesting Restricted 58 handicap contest over 1400m.

A soft 6 track is expected with Campbell Rawiller’s mount Sir Maximus expected to prove popular with punters racing third up this time around.

The four-year-old has finished seventh on both previous spells this spell but gets a drop in grade following a near five-and-a-half-length seventh in Benchmark 64 handicap at Ballarat Synthetic.

The wet track here is no issue with the gelding having won on a soft 7 surface when contesting a 1330m Class 1 handicap at Geelong in August last year. 

The Melody Cunningham stable were on the mark with a double on the synthetic track at Ballarat on Tuesday and their representative here HARBOURING is the pick to defy top weight.

The veteran performer showed up well when runner-up when racing at this level on the Ballart Synthetic track in early June.

The pick was returning from a break when beaten just over three-quarters-of-a-length into second over 1200m on that occasion.

The step up in distance here is no issue but the soft 6 track is a slight concern with the majority of the selection’s starts coming on a sound surface.

The gelding is a versatile type tactics wise and with a good alley two off the rail he is taken to deliver a victory with blinkers returning having been off last time out.  

Street to salute 

Delicate Babe is expected to jump a short-priced favourite for the fourth at Sale.

The race in question is a 1728m maiden plate with a soft 5 track forecast and a field of 13 set to go to post.

The four-year-old has placed second on both previous starts including when narrowly beaten in a 1400m maiden on a good 4 track at Pakenham on debut last November. 

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt had gained plenty of experience in barrier trial efforts prior to that and resumed this spell with a second on a heavy 9 surface at Moe earlier this month.

The filly was stepped up to 1614m for that Moe contest and while she handles wet tracks she is opposed by MARION STREET here.

The three-year-old receives weight from her older rival and caught the eye when a half-length second in a 1633m maiden at Werribee two weeks ago.

Trained by Matt Laurie the filly has a good barrier two off the rail in this contest with the step up in distance a further positive.

Jockey Blake Shinn has been in the winners in recent times and his mount is taken to break her maiden at the third attempt. 

Holler can surprise 

The seventh race on Sunshine Coast’s eight race card is an interesting 1200m Benchmark 68 handicap.

Robert Heathcote has his string in good form at present and his filly HOOT ‘N’ HOLLER performed well over 1000m here in her first two starts this spell.

The second of those saw her finish three lengths sixth on a soft 6 track when contesting a Benchmark 70 handicap last month.

Prior to that the pick had finished well for third when racing at Benchmark 65 level on a good 4 track first up. 

The daughter of Holler reportedly had a respiratory problem when failing to shine in a 1350m Benchmark 65 handicap at Ipswich at the end of last month.

The application of a tongue tie for the first time here should help with any breathing issues and with blinkers also tried for the first time she may prove up to springing a shock. 

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