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Australian Racing: Scalextrics on track for Wyong win

There are seven meetings set to take place on Thursday, including at Wyong where a heavy 9 track is expected.

Race 6 Wyong

Scalextrics @ 7.50

Race 5 Pakenham

Dundancer @ 4.40

Race 8 Grafton

Bravezel @ 2.80

Scalextrics ready to shine at Wyong

The sixth race of the day at Wyong is a 1350m Benchmark 68 handicap with Mickey’s Medal expected to have his supporters for the Annabel Neasham team.

The three-year-old failed to make much of an impact in four barrier trials prior to recording third-place finishes in 1200m maiden races at Kembla Grange on his first two outings.

The son of Brave Smash broke his maiden at the fourth attempt however when saluting by over a length having demonstrated a good turn of foot in a 1500m maiden at Newcastle.

The youngster has been off the track since a second in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1600m back at Newcastle in October and he looks opposable on his first start on a wet track.

SCALEXTRICS is preferred on this occasion, having broken his maiden on a wet track at Beaumont in August last year.

The 7.50 selection recorded a one-and-a-half-length victory when racing on the pace over this trip that day and has registered a couple of solid efforts in Class 1 events since.

The second of those Class 1 efforts saw him beaten just over three-and-a-half-lengths in a 1300m event at Scone in September.

The gelding was spelled by trainer Matthew Smith following that effort and, returning to a wet track, he is taken to resume with a win following a fourth in a barrier trial at Randwick earlier this month.

Dancer to salute at Pakenham

Pakenham are set to stage an eight-race card, with the fifth race a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap due to be held on a good 4 track.

Top weight Princeofcambridge is likely to jump as favourite, with the gelding having placed third when beaten just over a length over 1406m at Geelong on his penultimate start.

The gelding reportedly failed to travel when beaten less than two lengths in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1600m at Sandown Lakeside earlier this month.

Top hoop Damian Lane, on board that day, is again in the saddle and while the five-year-old is a track and trip winner in the past, DUNDANCER gets the nod on this occasion.

John Sadler’s filly is a regular at this venue including when finishing fourth over 1400m in a maiden here just over a year ago.

However, five of her six subsequent outings have come on the synthetic track at this circuit including her maiden win over this distance in July.

The 4.40 selection acquitted herself well when beaten just over two-and-a-half-lengths into fourth in a 1400m Benchmark 70 handicap at Sandown Lakeside on 7th February and she gets an easier event here.

The daughter of Dundeel was returning from a spell that day and she is the pick to make a winning return to turf with Jye McNeil booked to ride.

Bravezel set for hat-trick success

The penultimate race at Grafton can see the hat-trick seeking BRAVEZEL continue his winning run in the 1420m Benchmark 58 handicap which is due to take place on a good 4 track.

The three-year-old built on a promising first-up second at Lismore when saluting by a narrow margin in a 1300m maiden at Ballina last month.

The 2.80 gelding duly followed up when dropped to 1200m to justify short-priced favouritism in a Class 1 event at Murwillumbah on 4th February.

While all three of those efforts came on wet tracks, he shouldn’t have too many issues on his first start on a sound surface since joining the Matthew Dunn stable.

The booking of apprentice Mollie Fitzgerald takes the eye here, with the jockey boasting an impressive 75% strike-rate (3/4) when riding for the Dunn stable.

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