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Australian Racing: Stormy Grey can blow away the competition

There’s six meetings set to take place on Friday with all six set to stage eight race cards.

Race 7 Wagga 

Pink Ivory @ 7.50

Race 4 Cranbourne 

Stormy Grey @ 2.20

Race 6 Townsville 

Hello Newman @ 2.70

Ivory for Wagga glory 

The most valuable race of the day comes up at the penultimate race at Wagga, the 2000m Listed Wagga Cup. 

Ex-European galloper Wicklow is expected to have his supporters following a couple of solid efforts since returning from a spell. 

The second of those came in a 1500m Benchmark 88 contest on a good 4 track at Hawkesbury April 22. 

While the softer ground here is in his favour he is tackling this trip for the first time and the grade dropper PINK IVORY is the selection on this occasion. 

The four-year-old filly came close to registering a Group 3 win when narrowly beaten in the Mostyncopper Aspiration Quality over this trip at Randwick in her first start of 2023. 

That effort came on a soft 5 track back in early March, and while unable to win in two subsequent starts, she has delivered a couple of solid efforts. 

The second of those saw the daughter of Redwood finish just over six lengths behind the winner when fifth in the Group 3 JRA Plate over 2000m at Randwick last month. Tom Sherry’s mount should find this contest easier, and she looks up to delivering a fourth career success.

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Grey to break maiden 

The fourth at Cranbourne is an eye-catching 2520m maiden plate contest. A heavy 8 track is expected with Thistler likely to prove popular following a string of placed efforts. 

The gelding stays this trip well having placed second in a 2600m maiden plate at Ballarat three starts back, and may prove capable of going one better than when runner-up over 2440m at Geelong recently. 

However Amy Hermann’s mount looks exposed and with that in mind preference is for the twice-raced STORMY GREY

The pick showed up well when runner-up in an 1100m event at Stony Creek in his sole barrier trial. The three-year-old filly followed that effort up with a good second in a 1606m maiden event on a good 4 track at Benalla just under a month ago. 

While the pick experiences vastly different underfoot conditions here, she is bred to appreciate this step up in distance and looks capable of registering her first victory at the third time of asking.

Hello to break maiden 

The seventh race of the day at Townsville in Queensland is run in memory of the late Dean Holland. 

The 1200m three-year-old handicap has attracted a field of 14 and will be held over 1200m. Top weight HELLO NEWMAN finished down the field when debuting in a 1200m maiden at Doomben back in December. 

Trained by Kelly Sheargold, the selection beat just the one rival home in an interesting maiden contest that took place on a good 4 track. 

The selection again encountered a good 4 surface when dropped to 1000m to finish runner-up in a maiden handicap at this venue on his return to action following a spell. 

Racing close to the pace on that occasion, the selection had the best of the draw in barrier one and has the same draw ahead of this contest. 

The son of Supido was beaten by a neck in that contest and while that form is yet to be properly tested, Scott Sheargold’s mount is selected to deliver his first career back up to 1200m.

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