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Australian Racing: The Old Lion to roar at Pakenham

There are just three meetings set to take place on Monday including on the synthetic track at Pakenham.

They also race at Albury and Narromine.

Race 6 Pakenham

The Old Lion @ 10.00

Race 7 Albury

Little Basheba @ 10.00

Race 6 Narromine

Minnewater @ 7.50

Lion to rule the pride at Pakenham

The sixth race at Pakenham is a 2200m Benchmark 58 handicap event.

Figo The Great is expected to feature prominently in the market, having registered a number of good efforts on turf in recent months.

The five-year-old has placed in the top three in five of his last six starts, with the most recent coming when runner-up over 2244m at Sale earlier this month.

The gelding was beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths having raced from the front on a heavy 8 track that day and he has run well at this venue in the past.

However, preference in this contest is for THE OLD LION for the Rory Hunter stable.

The 10.00 selection broke his maiden over this course and distance back in July last year and he makes his first appearance on the synthetic track since that triumph.

The gelding registered his only subsequent victory when successful by half-a-length in a similar race to this over this distance at Bendigo in March.

Victorious on a good 4 track that day, the son of Churchill recorded his best effort in three subsequent starts when third over 2000m at Wangaratta at the start of this month.

The pick raced on a soft 6 track that day and that form is working out well with the first two home both registering victories in the interim.

Basheba goes for Albury glory

The finale at Albury is a Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place over 1175m on a track rated a soft 7.

Nick Olive is set to saddle All Astern in this event, with the filly expected to jump as favourite having shown a liking for wet tracks in the past.

The four-year-old registered a win on a sound surface over 1180m at Gundagai when racing in a similar race to this in November.

The daughter of Astern returned from a spell with a good second when beaten less than half-a-length in a similar race to this over track and trip on 7th June.

However LITTLE BASHEBA, representing the Garry Worsnop stable, is the selection on this occasion.

The filly showed a liking for testing conditions when coming home five lengths clear of her rivals in a 1400m maiden held on a heavy 9 track here in October.

The 10.00 pick made all the running on that occasion and had an excuse having returned lame when sixth over 1300m in a Class 1 handicap at Wagga later that month.

The daughter of Exosphere has a wide barrier to overcome here, but back on a wet track she may prove capable of recording a victory dropping in distance.

Minnewater to score at Narromine

The sixth race at Narromine is an interesting 1100m Benchmark 58 handicap.

A heavy 8 track is expected with proven wet-track performer MINNEWATER the selection to register her fourth career win.

The filly won three times in 2023, including when successful at $31 when contesting a 1000m Class 1 handicap on a heavy 9 track at Gundagai in August.

The 7.50 pick has won on a sound surface when contesting an 1100m Class 2 handicap at Bathurst subsequently and she is set to make her second start of 2024.

The Headwater filly resumed with a two length second in a 900m Benchmark 66 handicap on a soft 5 track at Wellington last month.

The four-year-old is expected to have improved for that effort and looks capable of saluting with apprentice Dylan Stanley set to ride.

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