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Australian Racing: Strobing can light up Kempsey

There are six meetings set to take place on Friday including an eight-race card at Kempsey.

Race 1 Kempsey

Strobing @ 4.40 

Race 6 Albury

Asgarda @ 2.10 

Race 3 Rockhampton

Regal Field @ 3.40 

Strobing for Kempsey success

The opener at Kempsey is an interesting 1900m Benchmark 74 handicap set to take place on a soft 6 surface.

The top weight Roller Coaster is expected to start favourite, with the gelding’s sole success this spell coming in the Ken Howard Cup over 2000m at Coffs Harbour in August.

The five-year-old has featured in stronger races than this since, including when placing third in the 2100m Cessnock Cup on a good 4 track at Beaumont at the end of last month.

The softer going forecast here should be no issue, having shown up well on wet tracks in the past, however preference is for STROBING.

Trained by Tony Ball, the gelding is a three-time winner in 2023, with his most recent victory coming under apprentice Mollie Fitzgerald in the 1600m Krambach Cup on a good 4 track at Taree on 20th October.

The five-year-old was delivering his first victory of this spell that day, having shown improvement with racing in each of his two previous starts.

The son of Americain should be at home on the wet track here, having recorded a course and distance success in a Benchmark 50 handicap on a soft 7 in April.

While this is a much tougher affair, the gelding has shown improved form since that triumph and, with a good barrier here, he looks up to completing a double. 

Asgarda to salute at Albury 

The sixth race at Albury is an interesting 1400m Class 2 handicap with a field of 11 declared for the contest.

A heavy 8 track is expected, with ASGARDA likely to have her supporters having delivered some good efforts this spell.

The filly returned to action with a second over 1000m at Wagga in September and followed that up with her second win of 2023 when victorious at Cootamundra on 1st October.

That Cootamundra success came in a Class 1 handicap and she showed she can be a force in Class 2 events, when fourth over the same distance back at Wagga two weeks later.

All three of those victories came on sound surfaces, however, the switch to a forecast heavy 8 here should prove no issue with the filly having broken her maiden on a heavy 10 at Gundagai in April.

Jockey Kayla Nisbet, on board for all three of the filly’s starts this time around, is again in the saddle here and she can steer the daughter of The Brothers War to victory stepping up in distance. 

Regal for Rockhampton glory

Bold Splendor has shown improvement with racing and he is expected to jump at short odds for the third race on the Rockhampton card.

The race concerned is a 1600m maiden set to take place on a soft 5 track, with the four-year-old having shown a liking for this track when half-a-length second over 1500m here on 27th October.

The filly steps up in distance here and, while she had a number of her rivals here behind her that day, REGAL FIELD is taken to reverse that form.

The six-year-old failed to shine when 10th on that occasion but had shown good form when placing third over 1400m at this venue prior.

The selection wears earmuffs pre-race for this time here and, while she has had plenty of chances, she has shown up well on soft surfaces in the past and may prove capable of upsetting the favourite.

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