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Australian Racing: Nunthorpe ready to take out Abell Stakes

There's plenty of action to get stuck into on Friday, with the highlight being a metro meeting from Moonee Valley.

Race 7 Moonee Valley

Nunthorpe @ 4.40

Race 4 Goulburn

Hello Jack @ 7.00

Race 7 Port Lincoln

I Need A Drink @ 6.00

Nunthorpe set for Listed success

The Listed Entry Education Abell Stakes over 1200m and set to be staged as a handicap is the highlight on an eight-race card.

The race, due off as the penultimate race has attracted a field of 12, with Michael Moroney’s Jungle Jim expected to prove popular having won twice already this prep.

The second of those wins came by over two lengths when contesting a Benchmark 84 handicap over this distance at Flemington in January.

While the gelding could finish only fourth in a similar event over 1100m at Caulfield subsequently, it’s of note that he was beaten less than two lengths that day.

However, it is NUNTHORPE who is the pick here as she makes her first start since October in this event.

The four-year-old failed to shine when sixth of seven over 1400m in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes held on a good 4 track at Caulfield.

The selection had shown good form in handicap events prior to that, however, winning two Benchmark 84 contests against her own sex over the same track and trip.

The 4.40 filly has also performed well at a higher level in the past, having delivered a third place finish in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes over 1600m at Flemington in March last year.

The drop back to 1200m shouldn’t pose too many issues here, while the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained filly went well first up in her last prep.

Damian Lane is a positive jockey booking here and, while his mount has to jump from barrier nine, she looks up to saluting off a nice racing weight.

Jack goes for Goulburn glory

An eight-race card has been scheduled for Goulburn, with the third race a 1200m Class 3 handicap event.

Super Sprocket recorded her second victory of the season when saluting by a length in a 1200m Benchmark 60 handicap at Canberra in November.

Jamie Stewart’s filly was freshened following that effort and has shown up well since, including when racing from the front prior to finishing third at Bathurst last time.

While she rates highly, HELLO JACK is selected here, having showed signs that his fourth win may be close when a length second over 1400m at Sapphire Coast.

The 7.00 gelding had failed to shine when competing in an 1100m metro event at Rosehill and when last of 11 racing first up in January prior to that.

Trainer Scott Collings boasts a 35% strike-rate (8/23) with his runners in sprint handicap races at this track in the last 12 months and his representative is selected to score.

Drink at toast to Cup success

It’s Cup day at Port Lincoln, with John Dunn & Krystal Bishop saddling I NEED A DRINK in the 1960m $70,000 feature race.

A good 4 track is expected, with the five-year-old having won three of his last four starts, with all four of those efforts coming at this venue.

The gelding was completing a double when saluting by half-a-length in the 1750m Peninsula Cup on 18th February and he has performed well over further in the past.

Rochelle Milnes, on board for all bar one of the selection’s nine starts this spell, is again in the saddle for this event.

Versatile with regard to tactics, the 6.00 pick raced prominently when successful on his penultimate start, while he was ridden with more restraint in the Peninsula Cup.

The selection has a good alley here and looks capable of completing his hat-trick.

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