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Australian Racing: Mochi made for Echuca success

There are five meetings set to take place on Monday, including at Echuca where an eight-race card is scheduled.

Race 6 Echuca

Mochi @ 9.00

Race 5 Tamworth

Magnus Red @ 5.50

Race 6 Wagga Riverside

Luna Rocks @ 3.50

Mochi set for Echuca glory

The sixth race on the Echuca card is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap contest.

A soft 5 surface is expected, with last-start winner Mr Magnus expected to have his supporters for the Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock team.

The four-year-old showed ability around this time last year placing twice in maiden company including when third over 1200m at Pakenham.

However, he finished unplaced in his final two starts of 2023 and was off the track for over eight months prior to returning at Bendigo last month.

The four-year-old was dropped to 1000m for a 10-runner maiden held on a good 4 track that day and he came home over a length clear of his rivals.

While the gelding raced from off the pace that day, a wide alley isn’t ideal here and preference is for the lightly-raced MOCHI.

The three-year-old failed to shine in four efforts in 2023, but took a step forwards when runner-up in a 1000m maiden at Hanging Rock when racing first up this prep.

Notably, the filly proved that she handles wet conditions when beaten three-and-a-half-lengths on a heavy 8 track on that occasion.

The 9.00 selection duly went one better when victorious by half-a-length in an 1100m maiden on a good 3 surface at Stony Creek in early February.

Trained by Emma-Lee & David Browne, the filly made all the running on that occasion and has a good barrier should similar tactics be employed in this event.

The daughter of More Than Ready remains open to improvement and jockey Billy Egan looks up to steering her to victory.

Red to resume with victory

The most valuable race on the Tamworth card is the fifth race of the day, a 1200m Class 2 handicap.

Paris Lad has shown solid form in his two starts to date including when debuting with a victory in a 1200m maiden at Bathurst at the end of February.

The three-year-old delivered a good third when beaten less than two lengths over 1280m in a Muswellbrooke Class 1 handicap when last in action on 15th March.

The gelding raced on a good 4 surface that day, but lacks the experience of some of his rivals and also races on a wet track for the first time, so MAGNUS RED is the pick here.

Trained by Clint Lundholm, the gelding showed solid form when delivering a half-length victory over this trip on the synthetic track at Pakenham in June last year.

The 5.50 gelding finished strongly having raced from off the pace when contesting a 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap that day and he has made just one start since that triumph.

That start came in an 1118m Class 3 handicap at Dubbo when racing on a soft 5 surface the following month.

The pick was again ridden from off the pace prior to going down by a length in finishing third in a 10-runner contest.

Aaron Bullock’s mount has finished in the top three in all three previous first-up appearances and he is taken to register his third career win.

Rocks for Wagga victory

The sixth race at Wagga Riverside is a 1200m Benchmark 66 handicap set to take place on a heavy 8 surface.

The four-year-old LUNA ROCKS showed a liking for heavy tracks earlier on in her career, including when winning Warwick Farm just under two years ago.

Since then the filly has registered some good efforts, including when runner-up at Newcastle in a 900m event in July last year.

The 3.50 pick found racing at metro level too much subsequently and she delivered a big effort when runner-up over 1000m at Albury when racing first up this prep.

Mitchell Beer’s filly was beaten just a length when contesting a Class 2 handicap on that occasion and she is taken to go one better in this event.

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