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Australian Racing: Morryl Moral to strike at Pakenham

There are six meetings set to take place on Thursday, including at Pakenham, who are due to stage a nine-race card.

Race 9 Pakenham

Morryl Moral @ 4.40

Race 5 Newcastle

Mon Pierre @ 4.20

Race 7 Wangaratta

Kodiak @ 3.80

Moral ready for Pakenham glory

The finale at Pakenham is a competitive looking Restricted 64 handicap set to take place over 1400m on a heavy 8 track.

Hellfire looks likely to jump as favourite having shown good form in stronger contests since breaking his maiden over this track and trip in March last year.

Those subsequent efforts included a good three-and-a-half-length third in the Silver Bowl Series Final over 1600m at Flemington at the start of July.

The gelding raced on a soft 5 surface and his subsequent absence is a concern ahead of this contest.

Nikki Burke’s gelding has a wide barrier to overcome here and, while his regular hold-up tactics are helpful, he looks opposable in this event.

MORRYL MORAL remains open to improvement on just his sixth career start and he is preferred on this occasion.

While the 4.40 four-year-old is yet to race on the forecast heavy going, he has shown solid form on soft tracks to date including when breaking his maiden at Geelong in October.

That victory came in a 1243m maiden held on a soft 6 surface and he has placed in two of his three subsequent starts.

Those starts included a second over 1500m when contesting a Benchmark 64 handicap at Mornington last month and the drop back in distance should prove no issue in this event.

Trained by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace the gelding proved he handled a soft 7 at Mornington and is taken to go one better in this event.

Newcastle success awaits Pierre

The fifth race at Newcastle is an interesting 900m Benchmark 64 handicap contest.

Trainer James Cummings sends out Shako here with the three-year-old having made two starts at this venue as a juvenile.

The first of those saw him debut with a second over this track and trip in June, while he duly went one better when breaking his maiden at the second attempt in a similar race June 24th.

The son of Epaulette has had a gelding operation since that triumph and, while he has shown up well in barrier trials, MON PIERRE is preferred on this occasion.

Matthew Smith’s 4.20 gelding is another returning from a break having registered two victories from his three starts in 2023.

Both of those triumphs came over 1000m at Muswellbrook, including when winning by a narrow margin on a good 4 track there in early June.

Ashley Morgan’s mount has a good alley five from the rail here and he is taken to complete a hat-trick having prepped for this with a win in an 815m barrier trial at Warwick Farm.

Kodiak to triumph at Wangaratta

The seventh race at Wangaratta takes the eye with the Benchmark 58 handicap attracting a field of thirteen headed by KODIAK.

The gelding showed good form in his last spell winning twice and placing second three times from his five outings.

The 3.80 pick ended that spell with a narrow defeat in a 1400m Benchmark 58 handicap on the synthetic track at Ballarat.

That Ballarat effort marked the selection’s eighth consecutive top-two finish, a run ended with a close-up fourth in a 1300m Benchmark 58 handicap at Ararat in November.

The son of Flying Artie was making his first appearance back from a spell when racing on a soft 6 that day and he represents the in-form Anthony & Sam Freedman team.

Alysha Warren’s three-kilogram claim is a positive for the top weight here and he looks capable of returning to winning ways having been allocated an inside alley.

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