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Australian Racing: Martini to leave rivals shaken and stirred

There are seven meetings set to take place on Sunday, including a nine-race card at Sunshine Coast, as well as action from Geelong, Moree and Hobart.

Race 6 Sunshine Coast

Hallside Martini @ 5.50

Race 4 Hobart

Monmouth @ 4.40

Race 7 Moree

Royal Charge @ 4.80

Martini to upset Summer

The sixth race at Sunshine Coast is an interesting 1400m maiden handicap with the Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted-trained Hot Summer expected to jump as favourite.

The five-year-old has shown solid form in his three starts to date, placing second on two occasions, including over course and distance when narrowly beaten on his penultimate outing.

The gelding followed that effort up with a runner-up finish in a metro contest over the same distance at Eagle Farm with both of those efforts coming on a good 4 track.

The softer conditions forecast here should prove no issue with the son of Spill The Beans having finished fourth at Eagle Farm on a soft 6 track on debut.

However, a wide alley in ten may prove more of a problem for apprentice jockey Emily Lang.

With the wide alley in mind, preference here is for HALLSIDE MARTINI, who showed ability in his first spell including when beaten less than two lengths over this track and trip in April.

Spelled following that effort the 5.50 mare showed improved form when returning with a half-length third in a course and distance maiden held on a good 4 surface last month.

Notably a change of tactics saw the pick ridden from off the pace in that latest effort and, with Taylor Marshall retaining the ride, she is selected to salute at the sixth time of asking.

Monmouth goes for Hobart glory

Blushed has shown good form on her two most recent starts and is expected to have her supporters ahead of the fourth race at Hobart.

The race in question is a 2200m Benchmark 76 handicap, with Anthony Darmanin’s mount winning on a heavy 8 track in a 1450m Restricted 62 handicap at Launceston on her penultimate start.

The mare proved that further was no issue when a close second in a 2100m Benchmark 68 handicap at this circuit subsequently.

While she steps up slightly in distance the Barry Campbell-trained mare looks to hold strong claims of returning to the winner's enclosure.

MONMOUTH placed third in that 2100m contest here when conceding a significant amount of weight to his main rival here.

The veteran galloper meets her main rival here on significantly better terms and has shown a liking for this track and trip in the past, having placed second twice from as many starts over 2200m here.

Sigrid Carr’s 4.40 mount has a good alley two off the rail and looks up to registering her seventh career success with winkers replacing the blinkers worn last time.

Charge for Cup success

The feature race at Moree is the 1400m Moree Cup, an open handicap contest set to take place as the penultimate race on an eight-race programme.

A soft 5 track is expected for the feature, with ROYAL CHARGE the pick following two wins in Cup contests in recent months.

The first of those saw the six-year-old register a narrow-margin victory in the 1280m Bengalla Cup handicap on a good 4 track at Muswellbrook at the end of July.

The 4.80 selection followed that up with a victory over this distance in the Hopkins Livermore Cup on a good 4 surface at Taree on August 18th.

Trained by Lou Mary, the pick has shown winning form on wet tracks in the past, including when winning at Muswellbrook in October last year and he is taken to complete a hat-trick.

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