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Australian Racing: Wilewink chasing Warrnambool win

There are three meetings for punters to get involved in on Monday with Warrnambool, Coffs Harbour and Queanbeyan all set to race.

Race 6 Warrnambool 

Wilewink @ 3.40

Race 5 Coffs Harbour 

Extessive @ 4.20

Race 7 Queanbeyan 

Manhattan Baby @ 5.00

Wilewink for Warrnambool success

The sixth race on the Warrnambool card takes the eye with the 2350m Benchmark 64 handicap having attracted a field of eight.

With a soft 6 surface expected, Ashy Boy is set to jump as favourite having placed in three of his five starts so far this spell.

The most recent of those placed efforts saw the gelding compete at Benchmark 78 level when beaten less than a length into third in a six runner 2000m event on a good 4 track.

Prior to that the five-year-old had delivered a couple of respectable efforts when racing at metro level and while he rates highly on form he has been racing over shorter distances of late.

The concession of weight to ex-New Zealand galloper WILEWINK may also prove too much with the selection having acquitted himself well in Group 3 company as recently as January of this year.

The gelding arrived in Australia a maiden and, while he could finish only sixth in a Benchmark 78 handicap over 2500m at Murray Bridge first up, the distance didn’t appear to be much of an issue that day.

Trained by Aaron Purcell, the pick got off the mark on his third Australian start when drawing nearly four-lengths clear of his rivals in a 2000m maiden held on a heavy 10 track on 20th August.

The quicker going forecast here should prove no issue and Tom Madden’s mount is selected to complete a double.  

Extessive to score 

Touch Of Navy is expected to have his supporters ahead of the fifth race on the Coffs Harbour card.

The race in question is a 1405m Benchmark 66 handicap with the gelding representing the John Bannister stable who can boast a 50% strike-rate (2/4) with their runners in the last month.

Those two wins include a victory for the four-year-old who saluted in a 1280m Class 1 handicap at Muswellbrook on his penultimate outing.

A decent fifth upped to 1350m for a Benchmark 64 handicap at Wyong followed and, while he rates highly ,the filly EXTESSIVE is preferred here.

Trained by Kris Lees, the pick arrives here in good form having won two of her last three starts, including when tackling a 1350m Class 2 handicap at Doomben at the start of last month.

That victory came on a good 4 surface and, while she failed to complete a hat-trick when third of six over 1400m at Sunshine Coast subsequently, she was only beaten by a head that day. 

The selection raced from the front in that Sunshine Coast contest but is a versatile type with regards tactics and with a decent barrier she is taken to salute for the third time in 2023. 

Baby to double up

MANHATTAN BABY takes the eye in the final race on Queanbeyan’s seven-race card.

The filly is set to contest a 900m Class 1 handicap having broken her maiden by a narrow margin when contesting an 1100m maiden on a soft 5 track at Bathurst in July.

Freshened since that effort, the quicker going here should prove no issue, with the selection having delivered a good effort when fourth on her only previous start on a sound surface.

That effort came when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths into fourth in a 1000m maiden contest at Randwick Kensington back in March. 

Deanne Panya, on board for both of the filly’s starts this spell, is again in the saddle and the pair are taken to complete a double. 

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