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Australian Racing: Perusal eyes Cranbourne glory

There's plenty of racing to look at this Friday with no less than eight meetings set to take place.

Race 8 Cranbourne

Perusal To Win @ 16/5

Race 8 Launceston

Malevolent To Win @ 17/5

Race 7 Ballina

Rose Bouquet To Win and Each-Way @ 15/1

Perusal for Cranbourne glory

The finale on Cranbourne's eight-race card is an interesting eight runner 1300m Benchmark 64 contest, which is forecast to be on a good 4 track.

Last-time-out winner Squami registered a third career win in a Benchmark 58 contest over this trip, racing in second for much of the contest before coming home to win by just under two lengths, and the five-year-old is expected to be fancied to repeat that feat.

Simon Zahra's charge has also placed on both starts at Cranbourne, so course form is good, but he is expected to find Perusal too strong on Friday.

Trainer Matt Laurie has won with half of his four runners in 2023. His representative here won on a good 4 track in a 1415m Sale maiden in August.

The five-year-old has encountered soft 5 tracks on both subsequent starts, the latest of those came when finishing fifth at Bendigo in October.

Ethan Brown will be in the saddle for this one and he is expected to try and race from mid-division, having been well drawn in four off the rail.

Back on a sound surface, the Star Turn gelding looks up to doubling his career tally.

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Malevolent for Launceston victory

Launceston is set to play host to an eight race card and our focus will be on the finale, a 1420m Benchmark 62 event with a soft 5 surface forecast.

Gee Gee Enuf Speed carries joint top weight in the seven runner event. Regularly ridden by claimer Taylor Johnston, she won over 1650m at Devenport Synthetic in a Class 1 in September.

The four-year-old has delivered three solid efforts since, including twice at this venue, while her latest effort came in this grade when just over a length fourth over 1100m at Hobart.

While the ground here should be no issue, she is likely to find Glenn Stevenson's Malevolent too good.

The Stevenson yard have been in good form of late, with two winners at Devenport Synthetic on Wednesday among their successes.

Their representative here, Malevolent, has yet to score in eight starts this spell but has managed four top-three finishes, with the most recent of those coming when third in a 1600m Restricted 66 contest here in November.

The seven-year-old delivered a fair fifth of seven in a Benchmark 68 contest over 1400m at Longford at the start of the month, but he gets an easier contest here and looks ready to strike under Anthony Darmanin.

Rose for Cup shock

The feature at Ballina is the 1590m Ballina Cup, the penultimate event of the eight-race card, and Rose Bouquet is taken to spring a surprise from a wide draw.

The five-year-old was the winner of a 1400m Benchmark 66 contest at this venue in November. Successful by one-and-a-half-lengths that day, she has been kept away from the preps for this contest.

Rose Bouquet has delivered two solid efforts in defeat since that victory, the most recent effort coming when fourth in a 1400m Class 3 contest at Eagle Farm last month.

Trainer Daniel Bowen boasts a 36% strike-rate (5/14) here in the last year and the wide draw for his charge shouldn't prove too much of an issue given she is versatile tactics wise.

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