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Australian Racing: Nicholas to make it Count at Ballarat

There's a big day of racing ahead on Tuesday, but first there are meetings at Ballarat, Corowa and Ballina taking place on Monday.

Race 6 Ballarat

Count Nicholas @ 4.00

Race 3 Corowa

Bia Tinne @ 3.60

Race 5 Ballina

Run Rory Run @ 8.50

Count to salute at Ballarat

The sixth race at Ballarat is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap, with a field of 11 declared for a race set to take place on a good 4 track.

Top weight Rotokura is expected to have his supporters having demonstrated good form in his last spell.

That form included victories in two of his last three starts, with the first of those coming in a 1200m maiden held on a good 4 track at Pakenham in April.

The gelding went on to follow up when tackling a Restricted 58 handicap over 1100m at Kyneton just over two weeks later.

Trained by Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock, the five-year-old was spelled following a solid fourth in a 1050m Benchmark 64 handicap here in May.

The drop in trip shouldn’t inconvenience too much, however COUNT NICHOLAS is preferred for the Ben, JD & Will Hayes team.

The gelding is another to have shown winning form in his last spell, with that victory coming in a maiden held over this trip on a soft 6 track at Seymour in April.

The 4.00 pick delivered a third-place finish in a Benchmark 64 handicap when racing on similar going at Moe subsequently, and showed up well on his only start this time around.

That start came back at Moe, with the son of Toronado confirming that the quicker going forecast here should prove no issue when fourth in a 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap.

Blaike McDougall’s mount gets a drop in grade here and is taken to register his second career success.

Tinne to triumph at Corowa

The third race at Corowa is likely to see Persian Dancer jump as favourite for a competitive looking 1400m Class 1 handicap event. 

The four-year-old failed to shine when jumping at triple figure odds at Wagga first up this spell, but showed improvement when runner-up over 1175m at Albury on October 28th.

The good 3 track forecast here should suit, and the filly looks worth a try at this distance having broken her maiden over 1300m at Wagga in April.

However, the seven-year-old BIA TINNE is preferred in this contest, having shown good form in his last spell.

The 3.60 gelding placed on four consecutive starts prior to breaking his maiden by a narrow margin in a 1500m maiden held on a soft 6 track at Albury on April 28th.

The son of Bianconi was spelling following that triumph and is expected to take a step forward to record a victory here, following a fifth in a 1300m Class 1 handicap when racing at Wagga first up.

Rory ready for heavy ground win

RUN RORY RUN has won three of his four starts on heavy surfaces and he returns to such conditions in the fifth race of the day at Ballina.

The race in question is a 1250m Benchmark 58 handicap, expected to take place on a heavy 9 surface.

The 8.50 five-year-old impressed in completing a Port Macquarie double over 1206m on heavy going in September and October last year and he has been racing on good going since.

The selection acquitted himself well when three-and-a-half-lengths fifth in an 1100m Benchmark 58 handicap on a good 3 track at Murwillumbah last month.

The pick is a versatile type tactics-wise and looks up to defying top weight back on a heavy track.

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