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Australian Racing: Alpine Wolf targets win number five

There’s nine meetings set to take place on Sunday including a metropolitan meeting at Launceston and provincial fixtures at Sunshine Coast Poly and Kalgoorlie.

Wolf for Launceston success

In the sixth at Launceston, a 1220m handicap set to take place on a soft 6 track Music Addition is likely to have his supporters having won four of his last five starts including by a narrow margin in a course and distance event on a soft 6 track last month.

Jockey Codi Jordan took the ride for the first time that day but the ex-Hong Kong galloper may find the younger legs of Alpine Wolf have too much in this contest.

The pick completed a double when winning by a narrow margin in a 2100m contest on a good 4 track here back in January.

Has performed well over sprint distances in the past including when runner-up over 1200m here last December on turf debut when racing first up and while the four-year-old is unproven on soft ground he gets a drop in grade here and looks up to registering a fifth win in seven career starts for the Barry Campbell stable.

Alpine Wolf is a versatile type with regards to tactics which should help here while a draw in eight should prove no issue with a decent run to the sole bend in this contest.

Tears to win at Sunshine Coast.

Power Boom has shown good form in defeat in five starts so spell and the six-year-old shapes as if she is building towards a win finishing third in each of her last two starts.

The most recent of those came when beaten just over a length in a 1200m Benchmark 65 contest at Gold Coast at the end of last month.

Has shown that she handles synthetic surfaces in the past, most recently when a close up fifth over this course and distance in May but it’s getting on for two years since her last victory, in a 1000m Benchmark 70 event at Cranbourne back in November 2020 and with that in mind Crymenotears is preferred.

Trained by Robert Heathcote the four-year-old won twice last season including by over three lengths in a small field 1400m event at this circuit at the start of March.

A half-length victory over 1690m at Ipswich is sandwiched by two second place finishes subsequently and while the daughter of Spill The Beans has yet to win first up she tackles an easier contest here and looks up to delivering a fourth career success dropping back in distance.

Cate to score for Roberts

The sixth race at Muswellbrook, a 1280m Benchmark 66 event is an intriguing affair with a number of the field looking to hold solid chances.

Among those is Lady Mofeed, the mount of Mitchell Bell who was a winner in a Benchmark 58 event at Inverell back in May. Has lacked consistency in four subsequent starts including when a well beaten sixth over 1200m in this grade at Tamworth at the start of the month and with that in mind she looks opposable despite her good draw.

She’s Independent is likely to attract support having shown a liking for wet tracks in the past including when scoring in this grade over 1300m at Taree on a heavy 8 surface in June. Delivered a couple of solid efforts since but may find Whispering Cate too strong for handler Cheryl Roberts.

The four-year-old has had a busy time of it in 2022 having made 13 previous starts for two wins and a number of placed efforts.

Came home two lengths second in a 1300m Benchmark 64 event at Newcastle just over two weeks ago but crucially gets a drop to country level racing here and with regular pilot Mikayla Weir up the daughter of Star Turn is taken to register a victory from a wide draw.

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