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Australian Racing: Scuderia to race to Geelong success

There are four meetings set to take place on Friday, with two meetings from New South Wales and one each from Victoria and Queensland.

Race 5 Muswellbrook

Golden Gate @ 3.80

Race 8 Geelong

Scuderia @ 3.50

Race 2 Ipswich

Duchess Bree @ 3.40

Muswellbrook success appears Golden

The fifth race on the Muswellbrook card takes the eye, with the 1280m Benchmark 66 handicap contest restricted to fillies & mares.

The race is set to take place on a good 4 surface, with Cannoli expected to jump as favourite for the in form Cody Morgan stable.

The Morgan team can boast an impressive 42% strike-rate (10/24) in the last month and their representative gets a drop in grade having contested a metro event at Randwick last month.

That Randwick effort saw the filly finish eighth in a 1200m Class 2 handicap staged on a good 4 surface.

Prior to that she had registered a narrow victory when taking out a 1300m Class 1 handicap at Beaumont in June.

While open to improvement she looks opposable here, with preference for the tactically versatile GOLDEN GATE.

The 3.80 five-year-old performed well when making a winning 2023 debut in taking our the 1200m Jardel Cup on a good 4 track at Tamworth in April.

Trained by Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou, the mare has placed second twice since then including when just touched off in a 1400m Benchmark 68 handicap at Kembla Grange July 27th.

That Kembla Grange effort came when racing close to the pace on a good 4 track and she is taken to go one better dropping back in distance.

Scuderia to salute at Geelong

The penultimate race on Geelong’s nine-race card is a 1230m Restricted 64 handicap.

With a good track likely, Aperol Blitz is expected to prove popular with punters on her first of the season.

The four-year-old debuted with a win over 1106m in a maiden at Benalla in early January and performed well from off the pace on two subsequent outings.

The second of those saw the filly finish less than a length behind the winner when third in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1200m at Sandown Lakeside in March.

Returning from a spell here she is expected to be ridden from off the pace from a wide alley and is expected to find SCUDERIA too strong.

3.50 Scuderia has shown plenty of early speed in her races including when racing from the front prior to finishing third in a five runner Benchmark 64 handicap at Moonee Valley in February.

That Moonee Valley effort followed an all-the-way one-and-a-half-length success in an 1143m maiden at Geelong the previous month.

A wide barrier shouldn’t inconvenience too much given the early speed the daughter of Squamosa boasts and she is taken to make all the running to register a win on her seasonal debut.

Duchess taken to rule at Ipswich

DUCHESS BREE takes the eye in the second race of the day at Ipswich, which is a 1350m maiden handicap for fillies & mares.

A soft 5 track is expected and Duchess Bree has shown good form in similar races in recent times, including when runner-up over this course and distance three starts back.

The 3.40 seven-year-old raced from off the pace prior to going down by less than a length that day and has followed that effort up with two good subsequent performances.

While only fourth at Doomben over 1200m earlier this month, it’s worthy of note that that contest was a stronger affair, with the pick jumping at odds of $71.00 for the race.

Barrier seven should prove no issue here and, with Bailey Wheeler taking a valuable one-and-a-half-kilograms off the pick's back, she looks up to scoring off a nice weight.

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