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Australian Racing: Rich Memories out to upstage Vanity star

We have eight meetings for punters to get involved with this Sunday with the action getting underway at Launceston in Tasmania and ending at Broome on the west coast.

Memories for victory

Tony and Calvin McEvoy look to hold strong claims of taking the fourth race on the Donald card with their Vanity Star likely to strip fitter for his return to action in a maiden event at Ballarat at the end of last month.

However with the track forecast to be a soft 7 preference here is for RICH MEMORIES, one of two Peter Chow runners in the field. The Rich Enuff gelding has placed on both previous starts including when attempting to make all prior to going down by just under two lengths in a 1400m maiden at Casterton earlier this month.

That Casterton effort came on a track rated a soft 7 and with Dean Holland booked to ride and no obvious rival for the lead he is taken to make all the running to get off the mark at the third time of asking.

Spirit to score

The McEvoy team saddle Royal Dress in the sixth at Donald, a Benchmark 70 contest and while their representative is open to improvement following a victory at Swan Hill first up she looks opposable given her wide barrier draw.

INNER SPIRIT already has a win under his belt this prep having scored in a lower grade event over 1100m at Colac in February. Shorter distance here is no given he has delivered some solid efforts in defeat since including when third on synthetics debut at Ballarat two days ago.

Turns out quickly for the first time here but likes to go forward in his races and representing the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace training partnership who do well at this track he looks capable of registering a third career success.

Kravitz for shock success

At Rockhampton the fourth race on the card, an 1100m affair catches the eye and with a pronounced draw bias favouring the inner at the Queensland track it’s intriguing to see the two likely early speed angles in Tru Blu Tango for trainer Ricky Vale and Bombasay for handler Darryl Hansen both drawn out wide in the nine horse field. While both bring solid form into the race they look to have it to do from their barrier draws.

Brad Pengelly’s mount KRAVITZ is drawn to good effect three of the rail here and he has a victory to his name this spell winning second up on quick ground in a 1200m contest at Thangool in February. Has placed twice since including when runner-up at Gayndah and given having won and placed from his two previous starts he the four-year-old may well prove capable of springing a surprise.

Campbell’s filly to stay unbeaten

The biggest field on the card is set to go to post for the fifth race on the Launceston card a handicap over 1220m featuring two winning debutants among others. The horses in question are Donna’s Day, a winner on a soft 5 track in a maiden contest at Hobart earlier this month and ISAFJORDUR who delivered a half-length triumph in an 1150m contest at Davenport Synthetic two weeks ago. Given the former raced from the front on that occasion drawing barrier 11 isn’t ideal with both Queen’s The Word with Bruno Neto up and Spirited Toff, the mount of Erica Byrne Burke both possible rivals for the lead. As such preference is for the filly from the in form Barry Campbell stable. 

The pick raced behind the speed on debut and while she’s unproven on the surface she is open to improvement and with her jockey from that debut success Anthony Darmanin in the saddle she is taken to maintain her unbeaten record switched to a handicap.

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