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Australian Racing: Rolex timed right for Pioneer Park bid

There are three meetings set to take place on Monday, with Pioneer Park hosting a provincial fixture and country meetings taking place at Scone and Swan Hill.

Race 7 Alice Springs

Ankle Rolex @ 1.45

Race 7 Swan Hill

Lomax @ 5.50

Race 6 Scone

Rhythm Is A Dancer @ 3.60

Rolex going for Guineas glory

The concluding race on the Alice Springs (Pioneer Park) card is the 1600m NT Guineas. 

The race, restricted to three-year-olds has attracted a field of eight, with Daniher likely to have his supporters for the Kevin Lamprecht stable.

The gelding showed ability in maiden company in Victoria including when third in a 1590m event on a good 4 track at Wangaratta at the end of December.

Slowly away on that occasion the two horses ahead of him have both delivered victories subsequently.

The son of Fighting Sun appeared to appreciate the switch North when breaking his maiden by three-and-a-half-lengths over 1200m on a good 3 track here at the start of the month.

ANKLE ROLEX has been in great form in recent months however and is preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Patrick Johnston, the gelding completed a double when delivering an easy three length victory in a 1400m Benchmark 68 event at this venue at the start of the month.

The son of Cable Bay shaped as if he’d no issues with the step up to 1600m he encounters here.

Jockey Jade Hampson gets on well with the pick and the pair are taken to register a fourth win in five starts together.

Lomax can upset favourite at Swan Hill

There’s plenty of big-field action at Swan Hill, with an eight-race card scheduled.

The penultimate contest is a 1600m Benchmark 58 event, with a field of 16 declared and a soft 5 track forecast.

So She Can Fly returns from a let-up here and is expected to jump as favourite following a one-and-a-half-length win over 1600m at Ararat early last month.

That effort came in a Benchmark 64 and she gets a significant drop in grade for this contest.

However, the daughter of So You Think could finish only fifth on debut on her only previous start on a soft surface and it may prove profitable to side with LOMAX in this contest.

Lomax is a confirmed wet track performer who took a step forward racing second up this spell when a close third in a 1400m Benchmark 62 event at Oakbank earlier this month.

That placed effort came when racing from off the pace and similar tactics are expected on this occasion.

Trained by Roslyn Day, the gelding has run well over further in the past and with a good alley is taken to deliver a fifth career success.

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Dancer to continue winning run

The fifth at Scone takes the eye with regards our third selection, with RHYTHM IS A DANCER taken to salute having delivered victories in all three starts this spell.

The most recent of those triumphs came by a narrow margin in a 1450m Class 3 contest when racing on the pace.

A wide barrier here may provide issues if attempting to employ similar tactics, so it’s notable that the pick was ridden with more restraint in his two previous victories.

Claimer Braith Nock, on board for each of the selection's last three starts, is again in the saddle here.

While any softening of the going would aid his chances, a good 4 surface should prove no issue for the four-year-old who saw off a subsequent winner over 1400m at Tamworth on his penultimate start.

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