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Australian Racing: Miss looks Magnifico at Ballarat

There are three meetings taking place on Tuesday, with Warren and Taree due to race on turf and Ballarat set to race on their synthetic track.

Race 8 Ballarat Synthetic

Miss Magnifico @ 3.80

Race 5 Taree

Lion Class @ 5.00

Race 4 Warren

Suva May @ 7.50

Miss ready for Ballarat success

The concluding race on the Ballarat Synthetic card is a 1200m Benchmark 58 contest.

Three-year-old filly Meetmein Melbourne showed ability in her first spell including when fourth in a 1000m maiden at Burrumbeet at the start of January.

Spelled following that effort on a good 4 track the filly has taken her form to the next level since switched to the synthetic surface here.

Trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy the filly returned with a two-length victory in a 1000m maiden at this venue early last month and registered a solid effort when runner-up here subsequently.

That latest course effort came when racing from the front in a 1000m event when racing at this Benchmark 58 level.

Harry Coffey’s mount finished strongly in her maiden contest and rates a leading player stepping up in distance.

Preference here, however, is for the wide drawn MISS MAGNIFICO.

Trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace the 3.80 pick debuted with an impressive four-and-a-half-length victory in a 1000m maiden at Bairnsdale last December.

A below par effort in a Benchmark 64 handicap followed when she failed to beat a rival home in a 13-runner contest.

However, she delivered a much-improved effort on her return to action when beaten less than a length into second in a 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap here last month.

Beau Mertens is a positive jockey booking here and Miss Magnifico looks capable of making her first start over 1200m a winning one.

Lion to show Class at Taree

The fifth race at Taree is an interesting 1262m Class 3 handicap contest.

A field of 17 has been declared for the race which is set to take place on a good 4 surface.

Top weight Cool Lad has shown good form in recent times following up a runner-up finish over 1300m at Goulburn with a neck victory at the same venue on his penultimate outing.

Those efforts both came on a good 4 track when racing at Benchmark 66 level and he again ran well when third in a Benchmark 68 contest dropped to 1200m at Kembla Grange June 27th.

Jean Van Overmeire, on board for all three of those efforts is again in the saddle, however his mount is expected to find LION CLASS too strong.

The 5.00 gelding is a regular at this venue having made three of his four starts this time around at this venue.

The most recent of those saw him suffer a half-length defeat in a 1007m Benchmark 58 handicap last month.

Regular pilot Zac Wadick takes two kilograms off the selections back and he rates highly stepping up in distance.

Handler Glen Milligan boasts an 18% strike-rate (9/50) here this season, in addition to a healthy ROI and his representative looks capable of defying a wide barrier.

No May about Suva's chances

SUVA MAY looks capable of taking the fourth race on the Warren card, a 1600m Class 1 set weights contest.

A soft 7 track is expected and, while the 7.50 pick hasn’t scored in 12 starts on soft tracks, she has placed in eight of those outings.

The most recent of those came when runner-up in a 1500m Class 2 contest on a soft 7 surface at Mudgee at the start of this month.

Prior to that the five-year-old had registered her first victory when saluting by a neck in a 1350m maiden on a good 4 track at Beaumont June 19th.

The daughter of Dane Shadow usually comes from off the pace and with that in mind a wide alley in 11 shouldn’t pose too many issues.

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