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Australian Racing: Tinka's Lad can cause Wyong shock

Five meetings are on the schedule on Thursday including action on a soft 5 track at Wyong, as well as action from Kilmore, Pakenham, Cairns and York.

Race 7 Wyong

Tinka's Lad @ 13.00

Race 5 Kilmore

Adki @ 6.50

Race 2 Pakenham

Cortes @ 4.00

Lad to spring upset at Wyong

The most valuable race on the Wyong card is the penultimate race of the day, a $45,000 Benchmark 64 handicap over 1100m.

Top weight Chief Conductor is expected to jump as favourite having shown improvement with racing this time around.

The son of I Am Invincible resumed with a good third in an 1100m Class 1 contest at Gosford in February and has made an impact on both subsequent outings.

Those efforts include an impressive four length triumph over 1000m on a soft 7 track at Hawkesbury when last in action just under a month ago.

Jockey Jett Stanley made all on the Sara Ryan-trained gelding on that occasion and similar tactics are expected from barrier seven.

However, with both Mr Bingo and Wondereach expected to want to front-run, the race could be set up for closer TINKA'S LAD.

The pick has placed at this venue in the past and, while he failed to score in five starts last time out, he showed better form when finishing strongly from off the pace to be second at Gosford first up.

That effort came in a 1200m Benchmark 64 event held on a soft 5 track, with similar underfoot conditions here in his favour.

Tinka's Lad has a wide draw to overcome, but given his racing style that shouldn't prove too much of an issue for jockey Keagan Latham.

Crucially the gelding is the winner of three of his four second up starts and he looks up to improving on that record with the pace scenario here expected to suit.

Adki ready for Kilmore glory

The fifth at Kilmore is a Benchmark 58 event set to take place over 1600m on a heavy 9 surface.

Billy Egan's mount ADKI is the pick here, with the mare having delivered some solid placed efforts this time around including twice from three starts at this venue.

The latest of those outings came when beaten seven lengths into second in a similar race to this over 1462m on a heavy 8 track April 13.

The six-year-old took a trip to Horsham for her next outing, finishing four lengths second in a good ground Benchmark 58 event just over two weeks later.

The Adelaide mare has a good alley four off the rail here and, with the going to suit, she is taken to register her fourth win from eight outings at this venue.

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Cortes to break maiden at Pakenham

The second race at Pakenham is a 1200m maiden event, with Grandma's Plate expected to have her supporters with Michael Dee in the saddle.

The filly debuted with a close second in a 1000m event at Cranbourne last month.

Racing from off the pace that day, the filly finished strongly for second and is expected to have improved for the experience.

The switch to a wet track holds some concerns however and, while he has a wide alley here, CORTES is preferred for the Robbie Griffiths & Matthew De Kock team.

The daughter of Pariah has shown good form in two starts on a soft 5 surface, including when four lengths third in a 1400m maiden at Sandown Lakeside when last in action back in December.

That contest is working out well, with the winner Shuffle Dancer winning at Group 2 level subsequently.

The selection has been gelded since that Sandown Lakeside effort and dropping to country level is taken to resume with a victory.

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