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Australian Racing: Surf On Turf can ride the wave

There’s five meetings set to take place on Thursday with wet tracks expected at all five.

Race 6 Wyong 

Surf On Turf @ 4.60

Race 5 Mackay 

Agustawynd @ 8.00 

Race 6 Seymour 

Unthinkable @ 3.00

Turf to complete double 

The resuming Principessa is expected to have her supporters ahead of the sixth race on the Wyong card. 

The race concerned is a 1200m Class 1 handicap event with Joseph Pride’s filly making her first start since finishing a length third at Warwick Farm in November. 

That Warwick Farm effort came at Benchmark 64 level with the daughter of Vadamos keeping on nicely having raced from off the pace. 

The four-year-old had previously delivered a good length third in a 1350m Class 1 event on a good 4 track here earlier that month. 

The switch to a wet track should prove no issue with her only previous victory coming on a heavy 8 track, but she is expected to find SURF ON TURF too strong in this contest. 

The three-year-old is the sole runner on the card for the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott team, who can boast an impressive 35% strike-rate (7/20) with their runners here in the last year. 

The pick showed ability in his first starts prior to fading when racing from the front in a 1400m maiden at Rosehill back in September. 

While the son of Not A Single Doubt could finish only eighth that day, he had three horses who have subsequently acquitted themselves well in Group company ahead of him. 

Front-running tactics were again employed when the pick made all the running to break his maiden in a 1200m maiden on a soft 5 track at Newcastle earlier this month. 

Regan Bayliss retains the ride and he looks up to steering Surf On Turf to a second consecutive victory.

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Agustawynd to shock Sword 

The fifth race at Mackay is an interesting Class 6 handicap set to take place over 1300m. Top weight Knight’s Sword arrives here in good form for Ricky Vale having triumphed by a length when racing at this level in a 1300m event at Rockhampton earlier this month. 

The son of Rubick is expected to head the market here having previously finished runner-up under Ryan Wiggins in a similar event over 1200m. 

Tim Cook’s AGUSTAWYND takes the eye here, however, with the gelding having performed well in the main this spell including when beaten less than two-and-a-half-lengths over track and trip earlier this month. 

That latest effort came when placing third in a five-runner contest held on a good 3 surface. Prior to that the selection had tackled a stronger event when down the field over this trip at Rockhampton 10 days earlier. 

The pick has shown a liking for this venue in the past, winning four times from 15 starts, with three of those triumphs coming over this distance. 

While all six of the daughter of Spill The Beans’ victories have come on good going, the softer ground here should prove no issue having placed on soft and heavy surfaces in the past.

Unthinkable to double up 

The lightly-raced UNTHINKABLE looks up to delivering a victory in the sixth race on the Seymour card. The 2021m Benchmark 58 event has attracted a nine runner field with the selection the least experienced runner in the field. 

The pick showed plenty of ability when coming from off the pace to finish a length fourth in a 1600m maiden at Swan Hill when debuting on a good 4 track last month. 

The step up to 1800m combined with being ridden closer to the speed proved no issue when the daughter of Churchill saluted by two-and-a-half-lengths at Warracknabeal subsequently. 

Tahlia Hope’s mount looks likely to appreciate the step up in distance, and with the soft 5 track no issue, she is taken to register a victory tackling winners for the first time.

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