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Australian Racing: Vienna Vixen can sniff out Bairnsdale success

There are two meetings set to take place on Monday with Scone and Bairnsdale both set to stage eight-race cards.

Race 8 Scone

Pure Fuego @ 9.00

Race 6 Bairnsdale

Vienna Vixen @ 5.00

Race 8 Bairnsdale

Kandyan @ 3.00

Fuego to score at Scone 

The finale at Scone is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 68 handicap contest. 

A heavy 8 track is expected at the New South Wales venue with The Hanger Cat expected to prove popular with punters having shown good form in his two most recent outings. 

The first of those saw the gelding break his maiden by nearly four-and-a-half-lengths over 1300m on a good 4 track at Dubbo in May.

The four-year-old duly followed up when racing on a wet track for the first time when taking out a Benchmark 58 handicap on a soft 5 surface at Tamworth the following month.

Given a break since that Tamworth triumph he has a good alley here but, given he is unproven on the heavy surface forecast, it can pay to look elsewhere. 

Trainer Cameron Crockett can boast a 27% strike-rate (7/27) at this track in the last 12 months and he is double-handed in this contest.

With the handlers Assiduity expected to face competition for the lead, confirmed hold-up performer PURE FUEGO is expected to have the race run to suit.

The gelding delivered a good second when beaten by a head over 1018m when racing over this trip in a Benchmark 74 handicap at Dubbo last month.

Two down-the-field efforts in metro contests have followed, including when 12th over 1300m in a Class 3 handicap at Rosehill earlier this month. 

The pick has placed on heavy tracks in the past and dropping in trip and grade is taken to overcome a wide alley to salute for the fourth time in his 20 race career. 

Vixen for victory  

VIENNA VIXEN takes the eye in the sixth race on the Bairnsdale card.

The race in question is a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap with the four-year-old having shown good form when winning over 1100m in a maiden contest at Stawell on debut in January.

That victory came on a good 4 surface, with the filly going on to place second over 1300m when racing at this Benchmark 58 level on a good 3 surface at Bendigo the following month.

The step up to a metro contest proved too much for the daughter of Foxwedge subsequently ,however, with the filly failing to shine when sixth of seven at Sandown Lakeside.

The pick was ridden by Harry Coffey in all three of those starts, with Luke Cartwright taking over in the saddle here.

Cartwright’s four kilogram claim is expected to prove useful here with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained filly selected to salute dropping back in distance following a spell. 

Kandyan to defy top weight

The concluding race at Bairnsdale sees My Girl Zarlie return to this track having delivered a good third when contesting a Restricted 58 handicap here on her penultimate start. 

That effort came over this track and trip and, while she failed to shine at Pakenham Synthetic subsequently, that did come when racing in a Benchmark 64 handicap.

Gavin Bedggood’s mare has to overcome barrier nine here however and the top weight KANDYAN is preferred on this occasion.

Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young the filly broke her maiden when recording a narrow victory in a 1400m maiden at Pakenham Synthetic last month.

The four-year-old went on to deliver a solid four-and-a-half-lengths fourth when tackling a Benchmark 64 handicap at Sandown Hillside 11 days later.

The pick raced on a soft 5 surface at Sandown Hillside and should have no issues with the soft 7 going forecast here, having finished fourth of six on a heavy 8 at Cranbourne in May. 

Tom Prebble’s two kilogram claim is a further positive here and his mount looks capable of doubling her career tally. 

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