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Australian Racing: Monarch Of Egypt can take Flemington crown

There’s plenty of action for punters to get stuck into with Rosehill, Flemington and Ipswich among the tracks set to stage racing.

Race 7 Rosehill 

Bois D’Argent @ 4.40

Race 6 Flemington 

Monarch Of Egypt @ 4.80

Race 4 Ipswich 

Flensburg @ 6.00

D’Argent to double up

The Listed W J McKell Cup over 2000m is the feature on the Rosehill card with the race attracting a field of 12.

Zoumon races off joint-bottom weight here and is expected to prove popular with punters following a good first up effort at this venue earlier this month.

That effort saw the four-year-old narrowly beaten having raced prominently in an 1800m Benchmark 94 event on a good 4 track.

Similar underfoot conditions are forecast here with the gelding holding a few of his rivals including Wild Chap, Bold Mac and Esti Feny on that form. 

However, BOIS D’ARGENT is preferred on this occasion with the Annabel Neasham-trained gelding having already shown that he is up to winning at this level this spell.

The pick has shown improvement with racing this time around including when a good third over 2100m in the Listed Gosford Cup at Gosford on his penultimate outing.

The switch to a soft 5 track and this venue proved no issue with the selection finishing strongly to deliver a narrow margin victory in the Lord Mayors Cup over course and distance on 20th May.

Freshened since that effort jockey Regan Bayliss, on board for both of those starts is again in the saddle here and with a good barrier in 5 the pair are taken to complete a double. 

Monarch to rule at Flemington

The sixth race on the Flemington card is an interesting contest. The race in question is the 1420m Brian Beattie Handicap with a field of 12 declared and a soft 7 track expected.

MONARCH OF EGYPT takes the eye here having shown good form in placing in three of his six starts this spell prior to breaking through for a win at Sandown Hillside last time out.

That Sandown Hillside triumph saw the pick race from mid-division prior to finishing well to deliver a length victory in a Benchmark 84 event that took place on a soft 6 track.

The form of that race is working out well enough with the runner-up that day filling the same position since and the eighth home Pascero winning at Randwick a week ago.

Prior to that the selection had delivered a third place finish in a 1300m Benchmark 78 event at Sandown Hillside and notably he has shown a liking for this track in the past.

The six-year-old’s most recent start here saw him place second when beaten a length over 1600m in a Benchmark 84 event in February and he is taken to complete a double. 

Flensburg for Ipswich success 

The stayers take centre stage in the 2500m Benchmark 78 handicap that is set to take place as the fourth race on the Ipswich card.

Top weight Readily Availabull is sure to have his supporters having won three times already this spell including by a head over 2200m in a Benchmark 75 event at Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

However, he is overlooked in preference for FLENSBURG who has shaped as if he is worth a try at this distance in the past.

Trained by Tony Gollan the gelding won over 2150m when racing at Benchmark 65 level here on his penultimate outing. 

The pick finished well to deliver a near two-and-a-half-length victory on that occasion and he followed that up with a length second over 2210m when racing at Benchmark 70 level here on 27th May.

The softer ground forecast here shouldn’t inconvenience too much and he is taken to provide rider Angela Jones with a winner.

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