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Australian Racing: Hobart specialist may strike again

Another busy day of racing action on Sunday with nine Australian meetings scheduled, including action from Hobart, the Sunshine Coast and Warrnamobool.

As we round out the weekend, we've picked a couple of runners across Sunday's busy schedule worth keeping in mind.

Hobart specialist Kuroset may take advantage of race-fitness in her quest to continue a good run of form at the track.

Kuroset has strong Hobart credentials

Scott Brunton will understandably hope that Kuroset can carry on an excellent sequence of form when she goes for the lucky last at Hobart on Sunday's card.

The mare won here over 1200 metres at the backend of May, flanking that score with runner-up finishes at a course she clearly relishes.

When she won here on penultimate start, she got the breaks off the final bend and was able to pick her way through rivals to win with something to spare.

The follow-up attempt on 5th June however didn't go as seamlessly for her. She was on the rail all the way and got shuffled back to last spot as the field turned for home. In the circumstances, rider Erica Byrne-Burke probably did well to finish where she did, her mare really flying home at the line.

Chelsea Baker takes over for this latest Hobart assignment, this time a BM76 handicap over 1100 metres. Kuroset's outstanding track form at this Tasmanian venue is a clear positive but so, too, will be the fact that three of her key rivals in Sunday's race – Street Tough (16 weeks), Hellova Night (16 weeks) and Bothered (75 weeks) are all lacking match practice.

Given that Kuroset is established as one that will go through the race in strong fashion and finish off powerfully, her run-style will expose any rustiness in those runners late on.

Goldschlager now has conditions to suit

Goldschlager came up agonisingly short at this venue at the start of the month for Chris Munce and there's reason for optimism that the she can atone for it now.

That run was over 1400 metres on a heavy track and she just couldn't get to the winner, Lemon Duchess, despite finishing off strongly.

Her win in the previous preparation came over 1690 metres at Ipswich in November, while she returned from a spell with a close second over 1100 metres here on the Polytrack on 11th May.

That was a rock-solid effort and she has backed it up in that switch back to the grass this month. Conditions for racing on Sunday are set to be Good 4 and that faster surface will surely be an asset for Boris Thornton's partner.

Both previous wins have come on a dry track and she has shown versatility in terms of distance, so it all set up for another big run in a contest where both Giulia and Mystic Aroma are solid opponents for the Freedman and Hulbert stables respectively.

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