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Australian Racing: Poita pointed for Taree triumph

There are four meetings set to take place on Monday with Ipswich, Bairnsdale, Taree and Wellington all in action.

Race 1 Ipswich

Detroit Girl @ 4.80

Race 3 Taree

Poita @ 3.60

Race 6 Bairnsdale

Hurley's Hero @ 6.50

Girl to break maiden in Ipswich opener

The opener at Ipswich looks to be an interesting 800m maiden contest.

A soft 5 track is expected with Brett Cavanough’s Freewheeler expected to prove popular with punters dropping back in distance.

The gelding showed solid placed form last spell, including when a close second over 1112m at Kyneton at the end of November.

However, he has been disappointing since then including when beaten over seven lengths into seventh in an 1106m contest at Grafton February 18th.

A wide barrier in nine is a concern here, with preference for the once-raced DETROIT GIRL, who has Ben E Thompson in the saddle in this contest.

The pick delivered a fair seventh of eight over 900m at Gold Coast when making her debut on a good 4 track back in November.

Given a break since then, she has a good alley two off the rail and represents a trainer in Mark Currie going well at present, with seven of his last nine runners finishing in the first two.

Jockey Thompson boasts a 22% strike-rate (2/9) when teaming up with Currie in the last 12 months and Detroit Girl can help the pair improve on that here.

Poita for Taree success

Taree stage an interesting seven race card with the third being a 1000m Benchmark 58 sprint set to take place on a soft 6 track.

Confirmed wet-track performer POITA is the pick here, with the gelding having shown good form at this level this time around.

The son of Headwater's first effort in Benchmark 58 grade this spell came when a good second on a good 4 track over 800m at Coffs Harbour at the start of March.

While he failed to replicate that effort upped to Benchmark 64 level at Port Macquarie, it's notable that he was beaten less than two-and-a-half-lengths over this trip that day.

The five-year-old tackled a heavy 8 surface when runner-up in a six runner race back at Benchmark 58 level at Ballina when last in action April 11th.

Claimer Heidi Gillie was on board for the first time at Ballina and she is taken to steer the selection to a fifth win in 30 career starts.

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Hero to salute at Bairnsdale

Flying Basil has won at Benchmark 64 and Benchmark 66 level already this spell, so it's no surprise to see him as one of the favourites for the sixth at Bairnsdale.

The race concerned is a 2200m Benchmark 58 event with a good 4 track forecast.

The son of Magnus has to concede weight to his rivals here, however, while barrier 14 is far from ideal.

HURLEY'S HERO has a better alley six off the rail here and is preferred on this occasion, following an eye-catching effort over 2050m at Mornington.

The four-year-old shaped as if this step back up in trip would suit that day, having disappointed when down the field over this course and distance on his penultimate start.

The son of Lionhearted looked back to form at Mornington, however, closing well to be beaten just over two lengths having been ridden from off the pace.

The selection is a winner over this distance in the past on the synthetic track at Ballarat and, while he’s made just the three starts on a sound surface, he placed on one of those.

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