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Australian Racing: Private Jumbo can land Geelong glory

There’s eight meetings set to take place on Friday including from Geraldton and Ipswich.

Race 6 Geraldton 

Patchwork @ 5.50

Race 2 Geelong 

Private Jumbo @ 1.65

Race 6 Ipswich 

Hot Bananas @ 12.00

Patchwork to score at Geraldton 

The penultimate race at Geraldton is the most valuable on the card with the Class 5 1400m handicap worth $29,000. 

Superlove has delivered three good efforts in defeat this time around an is expected to jump as favourite from barrier four. 

The daughter of Danehill Express came home second when contesting a 1200m Benchmark 58+ event on a good 4 track at this venue last month. 

Freshened since that effort she steps up to 1400m here and while she was a winner at this trip at Carnavon in July last year it’s notable that her best form has come over shorter. 

With that in mind PATCHWORK is preferred here having shown good form at this venue in recent starts including when catching the eye in finishing strongly for third over track and trip April 16. 

That effort came when racing from off the pace from a wide alley and having drawn barrier 14 here jockey Peter Knuckey may be forced to employ similar tactics in this contest. 

Trained by Willie Parker the mare had a number of her rivals here in behind her that day including fourth-placed Justhandy, sixth home Mistinguette and eighth passed the post Eliminate. 

The selection is a versatile type distance wise given her latest victory came over 1600m in a Class 2 event here in January and she looks capable of registering a third win in eight starts at this venue.

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Jumbo to triumph at Geelong 

The second race at Geelong, a 1225m maiden race takes the eye with Emrys having placed on each of his four starts this spell. 

Those efforts include a second over 1200m at Terang when encountering a heavy 10 track however he is more than capable of performing well on a sound surface. 

The son of Street Boss has however had nine chances to break his maiden and looks opposable here with PRIVATE JUMBO preferred. 

The pick showed good form at metro level when placing third in a couple of Moonee Valley maiden races over 1200m in his first spell late in 2022. 

The first of those saw him finish runner-up to a subsequent winner on a soft 5 surface when making his debut November 18. 

The son of Reward For Effort had his jockey here Beau Mertens up when delivering a five-and-a-half-length second against winners over 1200m at Sandown Lakeside when resuming earlier this month. 

Trained by Michael Huglin he gets an easier contest here and looks up to saluting at the fourth time of asking.

Bananas for Ipswich glory 

The sixth race on the Ipswich card is a Restricted 58 handicap event set to take place over 2190m on a soft 5 surface. 

Idling By is expected to have his supporters following a close second when racing at Benchmark 58 level on a good 4 track at Warwick earlier this month. 

The five-year-old has gone well on wet tracks in the past but has a wide alley to overcome in this contest. HOT BANANAS shaped as if a second career win might not be far away when finishing a close second in a 1710m Class 1 contest at Grafton recently. 

The daughter of More Than Ready appeared to appreciate being ridden from off the pace on the good 4 track on that occasion. 

Her jockey that day Tegan Harrison is again in the saddle here and with the step up in distance expected to suit the pair are taken to spring a minor upset.

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