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Australian Racing: Sun to shine on Private Island

There are three meetings set to take place on Tuesday with Ballarat, Scone and Wagga all set to race.

Race 3 Ballarat Synthetic 

Private Island @ 2.40

Race 7 Wagga 

Dupride Star @ 3.40

Race 4 Scone 

Silent Russian @ 4.00

Island to break maiden 

Copper Creek failed to shine in two starts in his first spell but has shown solid enough form this time around to suggest that he will have his supporters in this contest at Ballarat

The first of those saw the gelding deliver a sixth over 1225m on a soft 6 track at Geelong at the end of April. 

Returning from a break that day he appeared to appreciate the switch to synthetics when a good third over this track and trip on 26th May. 

Keeping on nicely on that occasion he is expected to go well but the once-raced PRIVATE ISLAND is preferred in this event. 

The Ben & JD Hayes-trained filly has made just the one previous race start finishing runner-up when beaten one-and-a-half-lengths over 1450m at Kyneton early last month. 

The pick headed into that contest without the benefit of a barrier trial and did best of those who raced close to the pace that day. 

The winner of that event finished strongly from off the pace and while the switch to synthetics is an unknown the selection is expected to have improved for that debut experience and can take this event.

Star to shine at Wagga 

The concluding race on the Wagga card is an intriguing 1200m Benchmark 58 contest. A heavy 8 surface is forecast with Natalie Jarvis’ Quire expected to have her supporters stepping up in distance. 

Quire broke her maiden by a length in a 1010m maiden contest at Moruya back in January. Spelled following that success she appeared to have improved for her return run when delivering a second place finish over 1000m when tackling a Class 1 handicap at Nowra on 1st June. 

While she shapes as if the extra distance here will suit she has a wide alley to overcome and DUPRIDE STAR is preferred in this event. 

The pick has shown a liking for wet tracks in the past including when delivering a half-length victory in a Class 1 event over 1000m at Albury in July last year. 

Prior to that the filly had placed in three consecutive wet track starts at this venue including twice over this distance. 

Following that Albury triumph the four-year-old was beaten just one-and-a-half-lengths when sixth at Corowa 13 days later. 

The Pride Of Dubai filly resumed with a third when beaten less than a length in a track and trip Class 2 handicap on a soft 5 track earlier this month. 

The selection is expected to have improved for that effort and with apprentice Holly Durnan in impressive form (8/20 in the last 30 days) of late the pair can team up for a victory.

Russian for Scone success 

SILENT RUSSIAN failed to score in five barrier trails prior to debuting with a third in a six-runner contest over 1100m at Gosford on 25th April. 

The gelding looks well placed to take the fourth race on the Scone card, a 1300m maiden handicap set to take place in similar conditions to those he encountered at Gosford. 

Following that Gosford effort the Richard & Will Freedman-trained three-year-old placed second upped to 1200m for a Port Macquarie maiden that was held on a good 4 surface. 

The son of Russian Revolution remains open to improvement stepping up in distance and looks up to breaking his maiden at the third attempt.

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