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Australian Racing: Military Power looks too strong for rivals

There are four meetings set to take place on Thursday with Bendigo, Newcastle, Northam and Mount Isa all set to race.

Race 8 Northam

Military Power @ 2.60

Race 1 Newcastle

Moravia @ 3.20

Race 4 Bendigo

Radstar @ 11.00

Power set to complete hat-trick

The penultimate race on Northam’s nine-race card is an interesting 1000m Class 3 handicap contest.

A good 4 track is expected for the race, with Tales Of Manhattan expected to have his supporters racing first up.

The five-year-old was a winner first up in his penultimate spell and ran well when two lengths fourth over 1000m at Belmont Park when returning from a break last September.

Three solid efforts followed that and while he was unable to win, he did place in a similar race to this on a soft 5 track in October last year.

Unraced thus far in 2023 he placed third in a 950m Lark Hill barrier trial last month.

However, the race-fit MILITARY POWER is preferred on this occasion with the gelding having won each of his last two starts.

The second of those saw the four-year-old register a narrow-margin victory when racing in a similar race to this on a soft 5 surface on July 27th.

The son of Defcon had been freshened prior to that effort having won by a neck when contesting a maiden over this course and distance on a good 4 track in May on his penultimate start.

Brayden Gaerth takes a valuable two kilograms off here and he looks up to steering the 2.60 gelding to a third consecutive victory. 

Moravia to debut with victory

Trainer Michael Freedman has his string in good form at present and the handler can boast an impressive 28% strike-rate (10/36) at Newcastle in the last 12 months.

The handler saddles the newcomer MORAVIA in the opening race on the card, with the three-year-old set to face nine rivals on his racecourse debut. 

The pick was an expensive $800,000 purchase at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year and he is a well-bred sort being by Snitzel and out of a dual-Listed race winner in Our Crown Mistress.

The 3.20 colt has shown good form in his barrier trials, winning twice at Randwick, including by a narrow-margin over 742m last month.

The selection followed that up with a solid fourth over 1045m at the same venue July 28th and he has a decent alley in six for his debut.

Tyler Schiller takes the ride here and, debuting at provincial level, Moravia looks capable of breaking his maiden at the first attempt.

Radstar ready to break maiden

The fourth race at Bendigo is a 1600m maiden contest set to take place on a soft 5 track.

North Channel represents the Ben, JD & Will Hayes team and showed ability when debuting on the synthetic track at Pakenham last month.

The gelding raced from mid-division on that occasion, registering a near three-length second in an 110runner 1400m maiden contest.

While likely to start as one of the favourites here Craig Williams’ mount has a wide alley to contend with and looks opposable.

RADSTAR is likely to jump at a double-figure price here, but ticks plenty of boxes including having performed well on wet tracks in the past.

The five-year-old mare is lightly-raced having made just the three starts and she performed best of those who raced from off the pace when third over 1354m at Donald last month.

The 11.00 pick was racing first up that day and should have no issues with the extra distance she gets here, having twice run well over 1600m at Pakenham in her first spell of racing.

Trainer Thomas Carberry’s inmate has a good barrier here and, while jockey Neil Farley is likely to need some luck in running from off the pace, his mount is taken to register her first victory.

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