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Australian Racing: Sanblas to shine in Darwin showpiece

There are five meetings set to take place on Monday, with the Great Northern Darwin Cup, the concluding race on a ten-race card at Darwin the most valuable race of the day.

They also race at Ballarat, Goulburn, Dalby and Lismore as the new week gets underway.

Race 10 Darwin

Sanblas @ 7.50

Race 5 Goulburn

Savanaci @ 5.00

Race 2 Ballarat

Miss Magnifico @ 2.20

Sanblas to take Cup finale

The Great Northern Darwin Cup is set to take place over 2050m on a good 3 track, with top weight Noir De Rue expected to prove popular having shown good form here in recent times.

The veteran galloper has been around since making his debut at Northam in 2018 and has enjoyed plenty of success winning 13 times from his 70 career starts.

Four of those victories have come in his last five starts, with all five of those outings coming at this venue, including when successful in the Asian Chief Minister’s Cup here last month.

That triumph came over 1600m, but the nine-year-old has run well at this distance in the past when placing fourth in this race 12 months ago, while he also placed third here in 2021.

While the gelding rates as a worthy favourite, preference here is for SANBLAS, who has delivered three solid efforts in defeat over shorter here this spell.

Those three efforts have come on the back of a lengthy absence, having been off the track for over 15 months following a win at Morphettville Parks in March last year.

The 7.50 pick placed second in the previously mentioned Asian Chief Minister’s Cup here on his penultimate start, with a fourth in the TAB Metric Mile over the same trip following.

The step up in distance should prove no issue for the gelding, having taken out the Nt Derby over this course and distance in 2021.

Adam Nicholls' mount has a good alley here and looks capable of registering his sixth career success.

Savanaci going for Goulburn glory

The fifth race at Goulburn is an interesting Benchmark 58 handicap contest set to take place on a good 4 track over 1600m.

Spritely Emily has a good alley two off the rail and is expected to start as favourite for the Terry Robinson stable.

The mare performed well at this venue when attempting to make all prior to finishing just over a half-a-length back in fourth in a similar race to this over this trip last month.

The eight-year-old reappeared six days later dropped to 1400m for a similar contest at Nowra, when ridden from second having been drawn widest of all in a ten-runner field.

While Emma Ly’s mount has a better barrier here she looks opposable, with SAVANCI preferred for the Annabel Neasham stable.

Alysha Collett’s mount ended last year with a third in a five-runner 1900m Class 1 event on a good 4 track at Gosford in November.

The 5.00 mare faded on that occasion and should appreciate the drop back in distance here, having won at the same level at Scone prior.

The five-year-old should strip fitter for a couple of spins in barrier trials and she is taken to double her career tally.

Magnifico to salute

MISS MAGNIFICO takes the eye in the second at Ballarat Synthetic.

The race in question is a 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap for fillies and mares, with the pick having shown good form in four starts to date.

The filly, a maiden winner at Bairnsdale on debut in December represents the powerful Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team in this contest.

The 2.20 four-year-old was beaten just half-a-length when stepping up to 1200m in a similar race to this last month, having previously placed second in a higher grade over 1000m at this venue in June.

The small field should suit the daughter of Magnus who has raced close to the speed in both of her starts this spell.

Apprentice Sarah Field takes a valuable four kilograms off and she is taken to steer Miss Magnifico to victory.

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