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Australian Racing: Seymour star on Golden Path to success

There are eight meetings set to take place on Sunday including at Seymour and Coonabarabran, who are both set to stage their Cup races.

Race 8 Seymour

Golden Path @ 3.20  

Race 7 Coonabarabran

Osman @ 5.00  

Race 8 Horsham 

Red Phantom @ 3.80

Unexposed Path for Seymour glory

The bet365 Seymour Cup, a 1600m Listed handicap, comes up as the penultimate race on a nine-race card.

The contest is set to take place on a soft 5 track with Flash Flood expected to have his supporters, having demonstrated good winning form in metro handicap races this spell.

Those efforts, including three narrow victories in June and July, were over the Cox Plate track, and a trip at Moonee Valley when contesting a Benchmark 100 event.

The six-year-old has shown up well since then, most recently when fourth over 1800m at Sandown Hillside and, while he rates a leading player, the unexposed GOLDEN PATH is the pick. 

The gelding has won two of two of his five starts to date, including the Flemington’s Silver Bowl Series Final over this trip at the start of July.

Crucially that effort came in similar underfoot conditions to those forecast here, and he has performed well in two subsequent starts over shorter distances at Sandown Hillside.

Both of those Sandown Hillside efforts have come on quicker going, including when three lengths fourth over 1500m in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes there at the start of this month.

The selection raced prominently on that occasion and, stepping back up to 1600m, he is taken to register his first win at this level. 

Osman for Cup success

The Coonabarabran Cup is expected to see top weight Knife’s Edge jump as favourite following some solid placed efforts this spell.

The seven-year-old has made the frame in four of his five starts since resuming in July, with the sole exception coming when fifth in the Forbes Cup over this trip three starts back.

The son of Warrior’s Reward lost out by half-a-length in the 1400m John and Colleen Lundholm Memorial Cup over 1400m at Dubbo last time, having placed over 1800m at Rosehill prior.

While likely to be on the premises once more, Mack Griffith’s OSMAN is the pick in this contest.

The winner of the Parkes Cup over this trip on a soft 5 track back in May, the gelding was spelled following a sixth in the Gunnedah Cup over the same trip two weeks later.

The five-year-old failed to shine first up when down the field in a handicap over 1300m at Bathurst but took a step forward when two lengths second over the same trip at Hawkesbury on 8th October.

That latest effort came in a Benchmark 68 handicap having been hampered at the start, and he looks to be peaking at the right time to produce a winning performance from an inside alley. 

Phantom to deliver Horsham victory

RED PHANTOM has shown good form in six starts this spell and he is taken to return to winning ways in the concluding race on Horsham’s eight-race card.

The race in question is a 1400m Benchmark 70 handicap with a soft 5 track expected, as was the case when the pick finished runner-up over 1950m at Morphettville Parks in July. 

The five-year-old had previously won twice on the synthetic track at Ballarat, while he has performed well at a higher level since including when fifth over 1800m in a Benchmark 78 handicap last time.

That latest outing came on a soft 5 surface at Sandown Hillside when the selection was overhauled in the closing stages to be beaten by just over one-and-a-half-lengths.

The selection has been freshened since that effort and, dropped in trip and grade, looks capable of recording a win under Rhys McLeod. 

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