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Australian Racing: Troppo ready to go at Canterbury

There are no fewer than eight meetings set to take place on Friday, with metro fixtures at Canterbury and Moonee Valley among the highlights.

Race 5 Canterbury

Go Troppo @ 5.00

Race 6 Moonee Valley

Miss Moonshine @ 5.00

Race 6 Wodonga

Another One @ 5.50

Troppo expected to triumph

The fifth race on the Canterbury card is an interesting 1900m Benchmark 72 handicap contest.

A good 4 track is expected for the nine-runner contest with Hokkaido expected to jump as favourite following some good efforts of late.

Those efforts include a half-length success when tackling a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap at Newcastle three starts back.

While Joseph Pride’s gelding could finish only fifth over 1500m in a Benchmark 78 handicap at Rosehill subsequently, he delivered a Benchmark 72 second over the same track and trip last time out.

Nash Rawiller, on board last time out, is again in the saddle here, however, GO TROPPO is preferred in this contest.

The David Pfieffer-trained gelding has been kept busy this spell making ten starts since returning with a sixth at Randwick Kensington in July.

The 5.00 selection has shown improved form since stepped up in distance in recent starts including when victorious by three-and-a-half-lengths over 1850m at Newcastle three starts back.

That Newcastle triumph came at Benchmark 64 level and he showed he can be competitive at this higher level when a length second over 1800m in a Benchmark 72 event at Rosehill November 15th.

Regular pilot Dylan Gibbons attempted to make all on the six-year-old prior to being overhauled late on by a strong finishing rival and he is taken to make amends by going one better here.

Miss to shine at The Valley

Matthew Cumani saddles Slate in the sixth race at Moonee Valley, a Benchmark 64 handicap set to take place over the 2040m distance of the Cox Plate.

The five-year-old steps up to metro level racing here following a good second, having raced prominently in an 1856m Benchmark 64 handicap at Kyneton earlier this month.

The gelding has shown up well over further in the past including when losing out narrowly when runner-up over 2200m at Bendigo in February.

With that in mind the extra distance here should pose no issues, however, this looks like a tougher event than what he has been tackling of late and he looks opposable here.

MISS MOONSHINE was a winner over 1600m when tackling a Benchmark 70 handicap for fillies and mares last time out.

The 5.00 mare was making her first start at this venue when recording a victory by a length on a good 3 track that day.

While the five-year-old steps up in distance here, she gets a drop down in grade here and has shown good form in two of her three starts this time around, having placed second at Mornington first up.

The daughter of El Roc has an inside barrier here and is taken to deliver a victory with Carleen Hefel, on board last time, again in the saddle.

Another One to strike Gold

The feature race on the Wodonga card is the sixth race of the day, the 1590m bet365 Wodonga Gold Cup.

A good 4 track is expected, with ANOTHER ONE taken to deliver a victory having shown he can be competitive in stakes contests when fourth in the Listed Wagga Cup handicap in May.

The 5.50 pick has made just two starts since having been spelled following a ninth over 1800m in a Benchmark 94 handicap at Rosehill at the start of June.

The six-year-old resumed with a good third, beaten nearly three-and-a-half-lengths in the 1400m Goulburn Cup earlier this month.

The blinkers, worn in his last spell but absent at Goulburn, return here and, with regular jockey Danny Beasley up, he looks capable of defying top weight.

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