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Australian Racing: Osman ready to step up

We’ve provincial racing at Ipswich plus country fixtures at Geelong, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Roebourne to get involved with on Friday ahead of a big weekend of action.

Osman to score at Tamworth

Top weight Lonely Power is expected to jump as favourite ahead of the fifth race on the Tamworth card, a 1400m Class 2 contest set to take place on a soft 7 track.

Kris Lees’ charge has finished third on both starts this spell including when beaten just under a length in delivering an eye-catching effort in a 1200m Class 2 contest on a good 4 track here last month.

Kody Nestor’s mount has a wide draw to overcome here and while the step up to 1400m looks likely to suit he looks opposable having drawn barrier 13 for this contest.

Osman has won two of his last three starts having broken his maiden by a length in a 1200m maiden race at Coonamble back in June.

The draw in 13 proven a major issue when forced to be ridden with more restraint than is usually the case in finishing seventh over 1250m at Gunnedah on his first start in Class 1 company next time.

Shaped as if he can be competitive at a higher level when overcoming a draw in barrier 11 to race from the front ahead of delivering a near three length victory in a 1400m Class 1 at Forbes subsequently.

Jockey Clayton Gallagher, on board here rode for the first time at Forbes and Osman is taken to register a third career success having drawn a good barrier three off the rail.

Kudu for Ipswich triumph

Ghostwriter looks to hold strong claims in the fourth race at Ipswich with the four-year-old gelding coming into this contest on the back of a solid sixth place finish over 1400m at Eagle Farm at the end of last month.

Gets an easier opportunity and has shown a liking for this venue in the past having ben narrowly touched off in a 1680m Class 1 event here in June.

Brodie Loy knows Annabel Neasham’s charge well however the pair may find Kudu too strong with the son of Spill The Beans having delivered a solid second place finish in this grade over course and distance on 29th July.

His jockey here James Orman was up on that occasion while any softening of the ground would prove no issue for the selection who won over 1200m in this grade on a soft 6 track at the start of May.

Well drawn three off the rail in this contest he usually races behind the speed and is selected to register a fifth career success.

Seonee to score for Payne

Trainer Matthew Williams has secured the services of Ben Melham for his Supreme Thunder ahead of the fifth race on the Geelong card, a 1430m event set to take place on a soft 5 track.

The five-year-old broke his maiden in a 1400m contest on a good 4 track at Cranbourne in May last year having finished runner-up in his first three starts, including twice at Moonee Valley in late 2020.

Making his first start for his current handler here having previously been trained by Archie Alexander but looks opposable after an absence.

Seonee has drawn the rail here following a solid third place finish in a 1200m Class 1 event on a soft 7 track at Cranbourne last month.

Ran on well on that occasion over a trip that’s short of her best and stepping up to 1430m the daughter of Winning Rupert looks up to doubling her career tally for trainer Patrick Payne who comes into this contest with a 25% strike-rate (4/16) at this venue in the last 12 months.

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