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Australian Racing: Social Star looking to dazzle at Moree

There are five meetings set to take place on Thursday including an eight-race card at Wyong.

Race 1 Wyong

Solar System @ 4.00

Race 6 Wyong

Allhallowtide @ 5.50

Race 4 Moree

Social Star @ 12.00

Solar to upset Star 

The opener at Wyong looks a competitive affair with Fire Star having caught the eye in winning three barrier trial contests including by three lengths at Rosehill on 21st July.

The son of Deep Field hails from the Peter & Paul Snowden stable and is expected to jump as favourite for his debut in the 1200m maiden contest.

Out of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas third Sabatini he is bred to be a useful individual but fellow Deep Field newcomer SOLAR SYSTEM is preferred on this occasion.

The gelding, a $530,000 purchase at the yearling sales last year represents the in-form Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team here.

The pick is one of two for the Waterhouse & Bott stable here with Adam Hyeronimus up on Gold Bullion but Solar System rates their main chance based on trial efforts. 

The selection has trialled twice including when winning over 1050m at Randwick last month and with Tim Clark up is selected to make a winning debut. 

Tide to triumph

The sixth race at Wyong is a competitive looking 1600m Benchmark 65 handicap event.

The race, set to take place on a soft 5 track has attracted a field of 12 with top weight Dreamdeel expected to prove popular having won second up in the past.

The five-year-old showed good form in winning twice last spell including when successful in a Benchmark 68 contest over 1850m at Newcastle in April.

The gelding caught the eye when making his return to action in a 1300m Benchmark 72 contest at Rosehill last month.

Racing from the rear of mid-division the Allan Kehoe-trained galloper stayed on well to be beaten less than two lengths into fifth.

This looks an easier contest but a wide alley isn’t ideal here and preference is for ALLHALLOWTIDE and apprentice rider Molly Bourke.

The selection broke his maiden when successful by a narrow margin in a 1600m contest on a heavy 8 track at Kembla Grange at the end of May.

A fair sixth stepped up to 1850m when racing at Benchmark 64 level followed prior to being spelled by connections.

The four-year-old came within a head of doubling his career tally when runner-up over 1500m back at Kembla Grange when tackling a Class 1 handicap event first up this spell.

The pick is expected to have improved for that run and looks up to providing trainer John O’Shea, who boasts an impressive 37% strike-rate (10/27) here in the last year with a winner. 

Star to shine at Moree

Toowoomba trainer Pat Webster has his horses in good form of late with a 45% strike-rate (9/20) in the last 30 days.

The handler sends two to Moree with his mare SOCIAL STAR taken to complete a double having broken her maiden over 1200m at Inverell last month.

That maiden success came when coming from mid-division in a 12 runner contest held on a soft 5 surface on that occasion.

The daughter of Astern appeared to appreciate the step back up to 1200m having previously raced at the trip at Kyneton and Mornington back in 2021.

The selection missed was off for over 18 months following that Mornington effort and with the fourth from her Inverell win saluting since she is taken to complete a double in this contest. 

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