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Australian Racing: Maximum to be enough at Sunshine Coast

There are six meetings set to take place on Sunday including at Sunshine Coast in Queensland, as well as Ballarat, Nowra, Port Lincoln, Geraldton and Orange.

Race 6 Sunshine Coast

Maximum Output @ 4.20

Race 4 Orange

Wild Beau @ 1.80

Race 4 Nowra

Chesteray @ 6.50

Beast to be bested by a Maximum

The most valuable race on the Sunshine Coast card is a 1000m Benchmark 78 handicap that is due off as the penultimate race on a seven-race card. 

David Vandyke’s Beast Mode is expected to jump as favourite, having demonstrated good winning form in his seven-race career to date.

The four-year-old is the winner of four of those starts, including twice over this course and distance late in 2022.

The gelding’s most recent success came when taking a Class 3 metro handicap over 1000m at Eagle Farm on his penultimate start.

That triumph was followed by a close third in a Benchmark 75 handicap over the same track and trip and he looks a worthy favourite.

Jockey Justin Huxtable may have issues getting across to race prominently from barrier ten, however, and it can pay to side with MAXIMUM OUTPUT for in form apprentice Jasper Franklin.

The 4.20 pick has shown good form so far this spell, including when runner-up over 1000m in a Class 4 handicap at this venue when racing first up in April.

Three outings at Eagle Farm over this distance have followed, resulting in two thirds and a victory, with that win coming by a narrow margin when racing at Benchmark 75 level September 30th.

The five-year-old overcame having to race wide when winning last time and given he often races close to the speed and inside barrier is a positive here.

Beau to break his maiden

In the fourth race at Orange WILD BEAU is expected to prove hard to beat form an inside barrier for trainer Bjorn Baker.

The race in question is a 1010m maiden plate and, with a good 4 track expected, the pick should have no issues with the underfoot conditions.

While the gelding failed to shine on his first two starts in 2022, it’s notable that those came at Newcastle and Rosehill.

The three-year-old took a step forward when three lengths fourth in a 900m maiden back at Newcastle at the end of April.

Since then the 1.80 selection has shown up well in barrier trials including when winning impressively over 900m at Rosehill last month.

The pick has placed second in a similar contest since and Ashley Morgan’s mount looks up to breaking his maiden at the fourth attempt.

Chesteray ready for Nowra success

The fourth race at Nowra takes the eye with the 1400m Benchmark 58 handicap having attracted a field of eleven.

Top weight Manzoni is expected to start favourite, with apprentice Emma Ly taking three kilograms off his back.

Manzoni finished down the field at Randwick in a 1200m Class 3 handicap prior to placing third when beaten a length in a 1425m Benchmark 74 handicap at Moruya at the end of September.

A wide barrier shouldn’t pose any issues given he is usually ridden from off the pace, however, CHESTERAY is preferred on this occasion.

A winner over 1200m on a soft 5 track at Kembla Grange in March, the gelding was spelled following a number of disappointing efforts against winners, including twice back at Kembla Grange.

The 6.50 four-year-old trialled twice prior to making his seasonal debut and he showed improved form when beaten just over four lengths into sixth in a 1300m Class 1 handicap at Goulburn last month.

The pick is expected to have improved for that effort and he can help trainer John Thompson improve on his impressive 27% strike-rate (3/11) here in the last 12 months.

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