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Australian Racing: Savvy Lad eyes Lismore Cup success

There are four meetings taking place on Thursday including two in New South Wales, with both Hawkesbury and Lismore set to race.

Race 7 Lismore

Savvy Lad @ 4.00

Race 5 Hawkesbury

Rhettara @ 3.50

Race 7 Cranbourne

Masterful @ 4.40

Lad looks likely for Cup success

It’s Lismore Cup day at Lismore with a field of 11 set to go to post for the feature race which comes up as the penultimate contest on an eight-race card.

Andrew Mallyon’s mount Holstein is expected to have his supporters, having performed well in the main this spell including in metro company.

Those efforts in metro races include a five-length victory in an 1800m Class 3 set weights event at Rosehill in early August.

The pick followed that up with a victory by a narrow margin in an 1800m Benchmark 70 handicap at Sunshine Coast later that month.

Both of those victories came on a good 4 surface and the gelding again tackled good going when sixth over 1810m stepped up to Benchmark 85 company at Eagle Farm September 16th.

The five-year-old didn’t convince over 2020m at Doomben in January and with that in mind he looks opposable stepping up in distance.

Top weight SAVVY LAD placed on two of his first four starts this time around, including when two lengths third in the 1400m Casino Gold Cup at Casino last month.

The seven-year-old has appeared to appreciate the return to around this distance winning his two most recent starts including the Tygalgah Cup over 2020m at Murwillumbah August 25th.

That Murwillumbah success came in a six-runner event held on a good 3 track and, while that wasn’t the strongest affair, the 4.00 pick followed up with an easy win over this track and trip.

The selection was successful in the Lismore Cup Prelude in that track and trip event and Matthew McGuren’s mount is taken to concede weight to all his rivals to score here.

Rhettara goes for Hawkesbury glory

The most valuable race on the Hawkesbury card is the Bombay Citron Presse Super Maiden Plate which comes up as the fifth race of the day.

RHETTARA rates highly for leading connections, given she represents the powerful James Cummings stable in the 1000m contest.

The four-year-old has made just the one start to date, coming home a disappointing ninth of ten in a 1200m maiden on a heavy 8 track at Warwick Farm in October.

The form of that race looks strong enough, with the winner going on to perform well in Listed and Group company, while the second and third have both won since.

The 3.50 filly has trialled well ahead of this, registering a victory in a barrier trial over this trip on a good 4 track here earlier this month.

While barrier 11 isn’t ideal, the pick is expected to have improved for her debut experience and with Zac Lloyd up, is taken to get off the mark on her seasonal debut.

Masterful to strike at Cranbourne

The seventh race at Cranbourne is an interesting 1300m Class 1 handicap contest.

Lang Park is expected to jump as favourite, having broken his maiden at the second attempt when winning by nearly two-and-a-half-lengths at Benalla earlier this month.

That Benalla triumph came on a soft 6 surface and, while open to improvement, the gelding tackles quicker going and more experienced rivals here.

MASTERFUL failed to shine when eighth over 1200m in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Sale earlier this month, however, he is better judged on his previous fourth over the same track and trip.

The 4.40 selection was beaten just over two-and-a-half-lengths in a similar contest on that occasion, with his jockey here Carleen Hefel on board on each occasion.

Trained by Enver Jusofovic, the son of Deep Field will jump from next to the rail and looks up to doubling his career tally.

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