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Australian Racing: Pomfrett charge has a Fighting chance

We’ve four meetings set to take place on Tuesday following the abandonment of Wellington with Mackay providing provincial action in addition to country meetings at Gilgandra, Moe and Scone.

Fighting for Mackay glory

In the seventh race on the Mackay card Mr Demolition and Keep On Fighting are currently vying for favouritism.

Top weight Mr Demolition has a good draw in barrier two and has the services of jockey Brad Pengelly, on board for each of his two most recent starts.

Registered his best effort in those two outings when half-a-length third in a 1400m maiden at Rockhampton last month.

That effort came on a good 4 track but the softer going forecast here should prove no issue and while the four-year-old is open to improvement preference is for his main market rival.

Wayne Pomfrett’s charge has yet to score in 17 previous starts however he has shaped like an improved performer this time around placing twice at this venue including when beaten a length in a 1200m maiden here just over two weeks ago.

Carl Spry, on board on that occasion takes the ride and the son of Fighting Sun looks worth another try at this distance.

Shadow for eighth career victory

Lady Audrey has shown good form of late and is expected to jump as favourite for the fifth race on the Gilgandra card, a 1600m Benchmark 58 contest.

The winner of two of her last three starts the four-year-old showed a liking for wet track when finishing a close second over 1600m at Taree in a Class 1 on her penultimate outing.

Duly followed up on a soft 6 surface over the same course and distance last time out and having drawn the rail here rates a worthy favourite with Clayton Gallagher booked to ride for the first time. 

Preference however is for the veteran Dragon’s Shadow who has been kept busy this spell with his fifth placed finished in a Benchmark 66 event at Bathurst in July his ninth start since resuming back in April.

Followed that effort up with a length triumph in a 2000m contest at the same venue last month and having shown a liking for heavy tracks in the past the son of Pendragon is selected record career win number eight with claiming rider Damon Budler up.

Guinea to take Scone finale

The final race on the Scone card, an 1100m Class 2 contest set to take place on a heavy 9 track is an interesting affair with Rebel Dreamer expected to have his supporters having delivered a number of good efforts prior to a down the field finish over 1200m at Rosehill at the end of July.

Freshened up since that effort the four-year-old filly had previously finished third in a Class 2 contest over the same course and distance on a heavy 8 track.

The switch to a provincial event is a positive but Luke Pepper’s charge may find the unexposed A Guinea too strong.

The three-year-old showed ability when breaking his maiden first up in a course and distance contest on a soft 5 track in April prior to finishing a disappointing seventh of eight in an 1100m contest at Randwick 19 days later.

Never involved in that Randwick contest the son of Menari registered a good half-length second over this trip at Hawkesbury when resuming last month and looks up to providing jockey Robbie Dolan with a winner.

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