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Australian Racing: McEvoy to guide Xidaki to victory

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday including at Kembla Grange, where a seven-race card is due to take place.

Race 6 Kembla Grange

Xidaki @ 3.20

Race 7 Wagga

Turoar @ 17.00

Race 7 Terang

Galloping Guru @ 2.00

Xidaki to complete a double

The sixth race of the day is a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap, with Field Marshal expected to have his supporters for the Joseph Pride team.

The gelding returned from over 10 months off the track with a seventh of eight when contesting a 1250m Benchmark 64 handicap at Randwick Kensington in January.

The four-year-old took a marked step forward when upped in distance to contest a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap at Hawkesbury the following month.

The son of Kingman won by two lengths when racing on a good 3 track at Hawkesbury, however XIDAKI is preferred on this occasion.

The selection placed in the top three in his first four starts, including when losing out narrowly over 1250m in a Randwick Kensington maiden at the end of January.

The 3.20 selection raced close to the speed when justifying favouritism on his first attempt at 1400m at the same venue subsequently.

The three-year-old came home a length clear of his rivals on a good 4 surface on that occasion and represents a top team in that of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Kerrin McEvoy, on board for each of the pick’s last three starts, is again booked to ride and his mount can make his first start over this distance a winning one.

Wagga win awaits Turoar

The finale at Wagga is a 1400m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Prophet’s Daughter came home in front when contesting a Benchmark 58 handicap over this distance at Albury on 18th February.

Ron Stubbs’ mare was winning at the second attempt this prep, having previously delivered a one-and-a-half-length fourth over 1200m here in January.

The six-year-old is a regular at this track, having made five appearances here since taking a 1000m maiden here back in December 2022.

Holly Durnan’s mount TUROAR is the pick here, however, having won twice at Benchmark 58 level already this prep.

The first of those victories saw the gelding triumph by one-and-a-half-lengths when racing over this trip at Corowa at the end of December.

The 17.00 gelding’s second success came at Benalla when coming over five lengths clear of his rivals in a 1412m handicap event on his penultimate outing.

The seven-year-old found the step up to Benchmark 64 too much when ninth of 11 on his return to Benalla.

The drop back in grade is in Shaun Nolen’s representative’s favour here however and he looks up to springing a surprise.

Guru to gallop in at Terang

Trainer Symon Wilde has his string in good form at present with the handler boasting a 33% strike-rate (11/33) in the last 30 days.

The trainer sends out GALLOPING GURU in the seventh race of the day at Terang, with the gelding set to contest an 1850m Benchmark 58 handicap for three-year-olds.

The 2.00 four-year-old built on a couple of promising efforts over 1400m in maiden company when coming over nine lengths clear of his rivals over this track and trip last month.

The gelding contested a high weight maiden contest winning in a good time on that occasion and, having made all, looks up to following up.

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