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Australian Racing: Northern to make Taree Impact

There are just the two country fixtures taking place on Monday, with Dubbo and Taree both set to race.

Race 3 Taree

Northern Impact @ 5/1

Race 6 Taree

Gold Serenade @ 22/1

Race 7 Dubbo

Silver Scissors @ 7/1

Northern to break maiden

The third race on Taree’s seven-race card is an interesting 1400m maiden handicap. A soft 7 track is forecast for the 11-runner contest with Not Taking It scratched.

Jockey Ashley Morgan is set to partner Our Frankie for the first time. The four-year-old came home fifth over 1300m at Scone when debuting in February last year.

Given a break thereafter, she showed a liking for wet tracks when a close second over 1200m at Beaumont. That race, a maiden event was held on a soft 6 surface.

A change of tactics to being ridden from off the pace appeared to suit at Beaumont. While well drawn in four expect similar hold up tactics to be used here.

Northern Impact is preferred here, however, having made three starts to date.

Debuted with a well beaten fifth in a 12-runner 1000m maiden at Port Macquarie in November. Two efforts in December followed, including when one-and-a-half lengths second over 1300m at Scone.

He encountered a good 4 track on all three starts to date including when sixth over 1350m at Beaumont last start.

Expected to appreciate the step up in distance and he looks up to scoring back at country level.

Serenade to spring Taree upset

The penultimate race on the Taree card, the Class 1 Taree Plate has attracted 14 runners.

Aaron Bullock’s mount Ugly Nicos showed good form at this level when runner-up over 1313m at Coffs Harbour.

That effort came at the end of last month, but he may well prove vulnerable switched to a soft surface.

The five-year-old has finished held in all three starts on going described as soft. Paul L Shailer’s charge delivered his best wet track effort when three lengths third over 1400m at Newcastle.

However that effort came in February 2021 and on a quick back-up Gold Serenade is taken to spring an upset.

Margaret De Gonneville’s charge has placed on six of her last seven starts. Her latest effort came when third over 1512m in a Class 1 at Port Macquarie at the start of the month.

That Port Macquarie contest was held on a soft 5 track and the daughter of Adelaide is a confirmed wet track performer. The picks only previous victory came on a track rated a heavy 8 in May 2021.

Jeff Kehoe’s mount has proven she is effective at this venue and can double her career tally.

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Scissors goes for Dubbo glory

Clayton Gallagher does well at Dubbo, with the jockey boasting a 28% strike-rate (27/97) in the last year.

The rider looks to hold strong claims of taking the finale aboard Brett Robb’s Silver Scissors.

The pick has performed well at this track in the past including when breaking her maiden here in December 2021.

That maiden triumph came by three lengths in a 1310m contest, but she is effective over this shorter trip.

Placed third over the distance in a Class 1 at Wellington when racing first up this spell, she followed that up with a number of solid efforts.

Confirmed her liking for this track when runner-up over 1400m here on her penultimate start and while disappointing over the trip at Coonamble, subsequently she has been freshened since.

A draw in ten shouldn’t prove too much of an issue with Gallagher expected to slot in behind the pace. With the good 4 track forecast no problem, the five-year-old is taken to double her career tally.

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