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Australian Racing: Midnight chasing Muswellbrook Dream

There are five meetings due to take place on Sunday, including at Goulburn who are set to host their Cup race.

Race 7 Goulburn

Grebeni @ 3.20

Race 3 Muswellbrook

Midnight Dream @ 3.40 

Race 8 Innisfail

Roth’n’bell @ 16.00

Grebeni for Cup glory

The previously mentioned Goulburn Cup is set to take place as the seventh race on an eight-race card at the New South Wales venue with a field of 18 declared for the 1400m contest. 

I’ve been Tryin is expected to have his supporters here having shown a liking for this distance in the past.

The five-year-old delivered a narrow-margin victory in a Class 5 track and trip set weights contest back in March and has since won at metro level in a 1600m Benchmark 78 event at Warwick Farm.

Trained by Matthew Kelley, the gelding resumed with a good fifth in The Kosciuszko over 1200m, when he delivered an eye-catching effort having raced from off the pace.

While the return to 1400m is in his favour, he has a wide barrier here and GREBENI is preferred. 

Grebeni showed good form in his last spell, winning three times at metro level, including by just under half-a-length in an 1800m Benchmark 72 handicap at Rosehill in June.

The pick has been racing in stronger races since in his two subsequent starts, including when one-and-a-half-lengths third in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas over 1600m.

The gelding was ridden from off the pace that day but is versatile with regards to tactics, having performed well when racing from the front and from in behind the pace thus far in his career.

Trained by Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou, he resumed with a fair 10th in the 1300m Silver Eagle held on a good 3 track at Randwick last month.

The switch to the forecast soft 5 going is no issue here and he looks up to delivering a second up victory. 

Dream for Muswellbrook victory

The third race at Muswellbrook takes the eye with the 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap expected to be held on a soft 5 track.

Smart And Dapper won twice in late 2022 and, while he has been unable to score in three starts this time around, he has performed with credit on each occasion.

The most recent of those efforts saw him come home fourth when contesting a 1200m Class 2 set-weights event at Coonabarabran last month.

The gelding has shown solid winning form over this distance and, while the drop in trip is no issue, the Paul Clisby-trained MIDNIGHT DREAM is the pick.

Aaron Bullock’s mount has placed on three of his five starts, since taking out a 1018m Class 1 handicap held on a soft 5 track at Dubbo at the end of July.

That Dubbo success came when racing first up, with two of his subsequent placed efforts coming at that venue including when two-lengths third in a Benchmark 58 handicap at the end of September.

The selection has been freshened since that effort and, with the switch to a wet track no issue, he is taken to deliver his third career win. 

Roth’n’bell for Innisfail success

ROTH’N’BELL has shown a liking for Innisfail in the past, including when winning twice here in recent months.

The gelding takes his chance in a 1500m Restricted 60 handicap that is set to take place on a good 3 surface as the eighth race on a nine-race card.

The pick’s most recent victory came in a Benchmark 60 handicap held over this course and distance on 21st October.

Racing on a good 4 track that day, the Ray Moller-trained veteran came home one-and-a-half-lengths clear of his rivals.

The son of Rothesay was supplementing a victory over the same course and distance in a Benchmark 55 handicap held on a wet track two starts prior.

While the gelding has a wide alley here, he may prove capable of overcoming that to deliver a third course win. 

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