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Australian Racing: Native Flower can bloom at Northam

There are four meetings set to take place on Thursday with provincial fixtures at Kembla Grange and Northam supplemented by country meetings at Bendigo and Bowen.

Race 4 Kembla Grange

Koning @ 4.60

Race 6 Northam

Native Flower @ 4.20

Race 6 Bowen

Make It Happen @ 5.50

Koning for Kembla Grange glory

The most valuable race on the Kembla Grange card is the fourth race of the day, a 1500m maiden handicap contest.

A good 4 track is expected for the 12-runner affair with Hasty Honey expected to have her supporters switched to maiden company.

Trained by Brad Widdup, the filly tackled black-type races in both previous starts, including when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths over 1100m at Scone on debut.

The filly finished fifth in the Listed Woodlands Stakes on that occasion, and she was spelled following that effort.

The daughter of Epaulette was highly-tried on her return to action when down the field in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes at Rosehill, and she should find this contest easier.

Jean Van Overmeire has a wide alley on his mount however, and while ridden from off the pace on both previous starts, it can pay to look elsewhere for the winner. 

KONING hails from the Richard & Will Freedman stable and he showed up well in the second of his two barrier trials when successful over 1207m at Warwick Farm on 18th August.

The colt shaped as if the step up in distance he gets here would suit when finishing well to just miss out when narrowly beaten over 1400m in a maiden here on debut eight days later. 

While the winner failed to shine on his only subsequent start, it’s notable that he jumped at triple figure odds for a Group 3 event that day. 

The pick is a Kingman colt who is expected to have improved for that experience, while he is set to encounter similar underfoot conditions here. 

An inside barrier is a further positive and Tyler Schiller’s mount is selected to salute at the second attempt. 

Flower to salute at Northam

William Pike’s mounts have to be respected and he gets the leg up on Here’s Dreaming in the sixth race of the day at Northam.

The race in question is a 1000m Class 3 handicap with the gelding dropping down from metro racing having finished down the field at Belmont Park in July.

That effort came in a Benchmark 66+ handicap on a soft 6 track and he should find this contest easier having performed well in a similar race to this here in October last year. 

However, the once-raced NATIVE FLOWER may prove too much for Luke Fernie’s inmate on this occasion.

The selection showed plenty of ability in her trials at Belmont Park, finishing third on each occasion including in a 10-runner event over 1000m there a month ago.

The four-year-old missed the break slightly and had to be switched wide prior to entering the straight when making her debut at this venue at the end of last month. 

While the pick tackles more experienced rivals here, she has a good barrier two from the rail and, with improvement expected, she is taken to stay unbeaten with Jordan Turner up. 

Happen for Bowen success 

MAKE IT HAPPEN has shown good form at Townsville this spell and she looks up to delivering a victory in the sixth race at Bowen.

The race concerned is a 1200m Restricted 55 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface. 

The pick broke her maiden over this trip on a soft 6 track at Townsville three starts back, prior to placing second in a similar race to this over the same track and trip on 21st July.

While beaten four lengths in that first start against previous winners, she acquitted herself well under regular pilot Adrian Layt.

The filly could finish only ninth in a 1200m Class 1 at Townsville when last in action, but she wasn’t beaten far that day and looks up to returning to winning ways from barrier six. 

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