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Australian Racing: Newcastle pick can prove Successful

There are eight meetings set to take place on Sunday with nine-race cards set to take place at both Kilmore and Bunbury.

Race 6 Bunbury

Sky Duke @ 3.60 

Race 2 Kilmore

Foxhow @ 6.00 

Race 5 Newcastle

Successful @ 6.00 

Duke to rule

The sixth race on the Bunbury card is an interesting Class 5 1000m sprint handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

The Peter Farrell-trained Rock This Town showed good placed form in metro company in his last spell, including when losing out narrowly when runner-up over 1000m at Belmont Park in May.

That Belmont Park effort came in a Class 3 handicap, with the gelding registering his four consecutive placed effort that day.

The five-year-old was spelled following that effort and resumed with a near four-length success in a 1000m Class 5 handicap at Northam earlier this month. 

Jarrad Noske’s mount has a good alley in three, however SKY DUKE, who will jump from barrier two here, is the pick in this contest.

Neville Parnham’s gelding won over this trip when tackling a Benchmark 62+ handicap on a good 4 track at Belmont Park in May.

While unable to win since, it’s of note that his three subsequent outings all came on a wet track, including when fifth of six over 1000m on a soft 5 surface in July.

The pick came home second in a barrier trial over 1000m at Belmont Park earlier this month and, having won first up in the past, is taken to deliver a victory under Brad Parnham. 

Foxhow for maiden success

The second race of the day at Kilmore is an interesting 1200m maiden plate with the newcomer Strapperoo expected to prove popular with punters.

The race, due to take place over 1200m, has attracted 13 declarations with Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young’s newcomer set to jump from barrier eight.

The son of Xtravagant has gained plenty of experience in jump outings this year, including when winning an 11-runner contest over 1000m at Cranbourne last month.

The three-year-old has registered a fourth over 800m at the same venue since and, while he rates highly, preference is for the experienced FOXHOW.

The five-year-old lost out narrowly when beaten into second in a 1400m maiden on a good 4 track at Pakenham in March and has finished fourth on both subsequent starts.

Both of those subsequent efforts came at Pakenham, including over this trip when beaten just under two-and-a-half-lengths in a maiden held on a soft 6 track there in April.

The selection raced from off the pace on that occasion and, as was the case for his final two starts of his last spell, he races in blinkers here. 

Veteran hoop Craig Newitt is again in the saddle and the pair look capable of delivering a victory here.  

Successful to take Cup

The fifth at Newcastle is the Pro-Roque Minion Cup, a Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place over 1200m on a good 4 surface.

SUCCESSFUL has shown good form so far this spell, including when third over 1300m here when contesting a Class 1 handicap last month.

The pick went on to deliver a length victory on a soft 5 surface over this distance at Bathurst 17 days later.

The four-year-old heads here on the back of a fourth, when beaten just over two lengths in a six runner 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap at Gosford just under two weeks ago.

Trained by Richard & Will Freedman, the filly has an inside barrier here and is selected to register her third win in 10 career starts. 

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