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Australian Racing: Royal Kew eyeing Kempsey crown

There are three meetings set to take place on Monday with turf fixtures at Bathurst and Kempsey, supplemented by a fixture on the synthetic track at Pakenham.

Race 7 Pakenham Synthetic

Jaz Tycoon @ 2.90

Race 5 Bathurst

Showboat @ 4.40

Race 6 Kempsey

Royal Kew @ 9.00

Tycoon to triumph

The seventh race at Pakenham takes the eye with the 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap having attracted a field of 11 runners.

Dublin Journal showed good form in handicap company in Ireland prior to switching hemispheres and he is expected to have his supporters for the Ben, JD & Will Hayes team.

The six-year-old competed at metro level in his first spell with the Hayes team and registered his best effort to date for them, when half-a-length second in a 1740m Benchmark 64 handicap at Sale.

The gelding was racing first up on a soft 5 track on that occasion and, while he has a good alley in barrier six here, preference is for the twice-raced JAZ TYCOON.

The four-year-old showed ability when contesting a 1200m maiden at this venue when debuting at the start of last month.

The Greg Eurell-trained gelding raced from off the pace prior to delivering a fifth-place finish when beaten just over two-and-a-half-lengths that day.

The son of Written Tycoon took a step forward when racing closer to the speed, prior to recording a head success over 1400m at Ballarat Synthetic subsequently.

This step up in distance looks likely to suit Billy Egan’s mount and he looks capable of doubling his career tally on his first start against winners.

Showboat to double up

At Bathurst the John Thompson-trained Cable Tie is expected to prove popular off top weight in the fifth race of the day.

The race in question is a 1200m Class 1 handicap set to take place on a good 4 track.

The gelding broke his maiden when winning by half-a-length over 1100m in a maiden event on a soft 5 surface at Hawkesbury in February.

While unable to score in four subsequent starts, the four-year-old delivered his best effort since that success, when narrowly beaten in an 1100m Class 1 handicap at Hawkesbury earlier this month.

While the Cable Bay gelding looks to hold strong claims, preference here is for the once-raced SHOWBOAT.

Trained by Richard & Will Freedman, the pick showed ability in a couple of barrier trials prior to debuting at Muswellbrook earlier this month.

That Muswellbrook effort resulted in the three-year-old delivering a narrow success in a maiden held over 1000m.

The son of Showtime shaped as if he would improve for the step up in distance and, with Jean Van Overmeire again in the saddle, the pair look capable of completing a double.

Kew to score for Prosser

Trainer Colt Prosser does well at Kempsey and the pick of his runners looks to be ROYAL KEW who contests the penultimate race on the seven-race card.

The race in question is a 1000m Class 1 handicap contest set to take place on a good 4 surface.

The five-year-old placed in a number of maidens in his last spell, including when runner-up over 1100m when racing at Grafton first up in November.

The entire ended that spell with an impressive three-length victory in a 1400m maiden contest at Armidale; however the shorter distance here shouldn’t pose too many issues.

The pick has a good barrier two off the rail and has shown a liking for a sound surface in the past, placing on three of his four starts on a good track.

Peter Graham’s mount is expected to be sharp for his return to action and looks capable of resuming with a victory.

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