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Australian Racing: Villa booked for success at Taree

There are four meetings set to take place on Tuesday, with turf racing from Kembla Grange, Taree and Townsville supplemented by a meeting on the synthetic track at Ballarat.

Race 6 Kembla Grange
Rahni Factor @ 5.50

Race 8 Taree
Villa Treville @ 2.40

Race 2 Townsville
Caressing Rupert @ 4.60

Factor in Rahni for Kembla win

The sixth race on the Kembla Grange card is a competitive looking 1200m Benchmark 68 handicap contest.

A good 4 track is forecast for the race, with Good Lad expected to feature prominently in the market following a couple of good efforts at Goulburn of late.

The first of those saw him lose out by one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1300m Benchmark 66 event on a good 4 track June 5th.

The four-year-old made amends for that defeat when coming home a neck clear of his eight rivals in a similar event in similar conditions over track and trip 11 days later.

Jean Van Overmeire, on board for both of those efforts is again in the saddle here and, while he looks a worthy favourite, RAHNI FACTOR is preferred in this contest. 

Trained by Gregory McFarlane the 5.50 mare showed a liking for this venue when delivering a victory at this level in a course and distance event on a good 4 track last month.

The switch to front-running tactics appeared to suit that day and she came within a length of following up in a similar contest over 1250m at Newcastle June 3rd.

The winner of that Newcastle contest has gone in again since and, with a fair alley in barrier eight, Jess Taylor’s mount is taken to salute for the fifth time in her career.

Villa expected to make all

The finale at Taree takes the eye with regards to our second selection of the day, with the 1007m Benchmark 58 handicap having attracted a field of 14.

Jockey Aaron Bullock has been in great form of late, with the hoop boasting an impressive 33% strike-rate (28/86) in the last 30 days.

He has been booked for the lightly-raced VILLA TREVILLE in this contest and the pair look capable of teaming up for a victory.

The three-year-old filly is the winner of her sole barrier trial and showed ability when not beaten far at Gunnedah on debut at the start of last month.

Improvement followed that effort, with the American Pharoah filly putting three lengths between herself and her rivals when coming home in front over 1000m at Tamworth next time.

That success came on a soft 5 track, but she showed she handles a sound surface when not beaten far in fourth over 1100m in a Class 1 at Armidale subsequently.

The 2.40 pick has a good barrier next to the rail and, having employed front-running tactics on her two most recent starts, is taken to make all the running.

Rupert for Townsville success

The second race on the Townsville card is an interesting 1000m handicap.

Missile Thunder showed good form in his last spell, winning all five starts here, but having failed to trouble the judge in two starts this time around he looks opposable off top weight.

CARESSING RUPERT and Red Boomshakalaka both arrive here in winning form, with preference for the former, who is drawn two off the rail for this contest.

The 4.60 selection is unbeaten in three starts this time around following the switch north, having previously been racing at Sunshine Coast and Doomben appears to suit.

The most recent of the filly's three triumphs came by a head in a 950m handicap event at Cairns earlier this month.

The daughter of Winning Rupert tackles older rivals here, but Sharlee D'Avila's inmate looks capable of continuing her winning run with regular pilot Rachel Shred up.

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