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Australian Racing: Tolpuddle to succeed with Bendigo bid

There are three meetings set to take place on Tuesday, including at Bendigo where a nine-race card is scheduled.

Race 8 Bendigo

Tolpuddle @ 4.80

Race 7 Scone

Demitasse @ 3.80

Race 6 Townsville

Bringyaticket @ 2.10

Tolpuddle goes for Bendigo glory

The eighth race on the Bendigo card is a 1500m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a good 4 surface.

The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Capulet is expected to have her supporters, having demonstrated good form in two starts since returning at Moonee Valley in December.

The three-year-old was beaten just under seven lengths when fifth in the 1200m VOBIS Goldg Carat on that occasion.

The step up to 1330m appeared to suit when the filly saluted by a narrow margin in a Benchmark 58 handicap at Geelong next time.

A further step up in distance followed with the daughter of Extreme Choice arriving here on the back of a third over 1400m in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Pakenham.

Preference on this occasion, however, is for TOLPUDDLE.

Trained by Grahame Begg, the gelding failed to shine when racing first up in his last spell and it was a similar story this time around when tenth over 1200m at Pakenham 8th February.

The 4.80 selection showed marked improvement when stepped up in distance on his second start last time around placing second in a 1600m Benchmark 58 handicap at this track. 

The four-year-old won at this venue on his next start and should have no issues with the 1500m distance here, while both of the pick’s wins have come on a good surface. 

A wide barrier is a slight concern for Jordan Childs’ mount, but he has performed well in this grade in the past and having shown he likes this track can record the third win of his career.

Demitasse set to impress

The seventh race of the day at Scone is a 1200m Class 4 handicap expected to take place on a soft 5 track.

Cameron Crockett’s Super Extreme showed solid form at metro level in his last spell, including when runner-up in a Class 3 handicap over 1200m at Randwick in October.

The gelding raced on a soft 5 track that day and ended that spell with an 11th in the 1300m Barn Dance at Randwick in November.

Jockey Ashley Morgan was up for the five-year-old’s return which saw him deliver a narrow victory in an 1100m Benchmark 74 handicap at Dubbo earlier this month.

The concession of one-and-a-half-kilograms to DEMITASSE is a tough ask, however, with Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich’s gelding the pick.

The son of Shalaa races on his home track here, having recorded some good efforts in metro contests this spell.

Those efforts include a two-length fifth in a 1300m Benchmark 72 handicap on a good 4 track at Rosehill on his penultimate start.

The 3.80 four-year-old found the switch to a wet track no issue when runner-up in a 1250m Benchmark 72 handicap on a soft 5 track at Randwick Kensington subsequently.

The selection is racing on his home track here and looks up to saluting for the fifth time in his 15-race career.

Ticket to ride in at Townsville

Townsville’s sixth race takes the eye, with BRINGYATICKET arriving here in good form for the Darby Amos stable.

The three-year-old is the winner of two of his last three starts, with the first of those seeing him triumphing in a Benchmark 55 handicap over this trip at Home Hill in November.

The 2.10 gelding was beaten less than half-a-length when third over 1200m at Mackay subsequently, prior to returning to winning ways at this circuit last month.

The selection saw off 14 rivals on a soft 6 surface last time out and, while he steps up in grade here, he looks up to scoring under in-form hoop Ryan Wiggins.

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