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Australian Racing: Scuderia can put on the gas

There are five meetings set to take place on Friday, with Moonee Valley’s metro meeting the highlight.

Race 4 Moonee Valley

Gin O’clock @ 3.80 

Race 6 Moonee Valley

Scuderia @ 2.80 

Race 8 Wagga

Pure Platinum @ 2.50

Gin for success

The fourth race on the Moonee Valley card is an interesting 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap.

With a good 4 track expected, Prancing Spirit is likely to start favourite, having demonstrated good form so far this spell.

The gelding placed second over this distance when contesting a Benchmark 70 handicap on a good 3 surface at Mornington at the end of September.

The four-year-old attempted to make all on that occasion and a switch to slightly more patient tactics earned a near two-and-a-half-length victory over this distance at Pakenham last month.

That Pakenham success came when racing in a Benchmark 64 handicap and, while he tackles a similar event here, he is stepping up to metro level.

Apprentice Tatum Bull takes three kilograms off and, while Phillip Stokes’ gelding is a versatile type tactics wise, he has a wide alley to overcome here.

With the above in mind the Ben, JD & Will Hayes-trained GIN O’CLOCK is taken to make a winning debut for the team after being imported from the UK.

The five-year-old showed winning form there as a two-year-old, including in a 1408m contest on synthetics in November 2021.

The gelding missed the whole of 2022 but performed well in his sole barrier trial when putting 12 lengths between himself and his rivals on a soft 5 track at Tatura on 16th October.

The quicker going forecast here shouldn’t prove an issue and Michael Dee’s mount is taken to make up for lost time by making a winning Australian debut from barrier seven. 

Scuderia to complete double

The Mick Price & Michael Kent-trained Kaygeebee has shown form at a higher level in the past and it’s not hard to see why he is favourite for the sixth race at the Valley.

The race in question is a 955m Benchmark 70 handicap, with the gelding having been off the track since fading when seventh over 1200m in a handicap down the straight at Flemington in May. 

That Flemington effort came on a soft 5 track and, while the four-year-old drops in trip here, he had performed well when third over 1000m at Sandown Hillside prior to that.

Jamie Kah’s mount has to concede race fitness to the filly SCUDERIA, however, and she is selected to deliver her third career win.

Trained by Thomas Carberry, the four-year-old ticks plenty of boxes here, having shown up well on the forecast good 4 track in the past.

The pick placed over 1000m on a soft 6 surface in a Benchmark 64 handicap here back in February and has shown good form in each of her starts this spell.

Declan Bates’ mount has finished in the first three in all three outings since a fifth over 1230m in a Restricted 64 handicap at Geelong in August.

The drop to this distance appeared to suit when the filly defied a slow start to make most of the running in a Benchmark 64 handicap over this track and trip earlier this month.

The selection should have no issues form barrier six and looks up to following up. 

Platinum to break maiden

Trainer Ben Brisbourne boasts an 18% strike-rate (8/45) and is showing a healthy level stakes profit with his runners at Wagga in the last year, so looks to hold strong claims with PURE PLATINUM.

The once-raced filly tackles the concluding 1000m maiden handicap at the New South Wales venue, having shown plenty of ability on debut.

That debut effort saw the three-year-old race in mid-division, prior to losing out by a head in an 1180m event on a heavy 10 track at Gundagai in September.

The selection has been freshened since and, while any softening of the ground would aid her chances, she boasts strong form and is taken to make her second start a winning one. 

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