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Australian Racing: Shaluna set to double up

There’s four meetings set to take place on Tuesday with Yeppoon’s provincial meeting supplemented by country fixtures at Taree, Corowa and Hamilton.

Shaluna to double up

The fifth race at Yeppoon is an interesting affair with the 1300m Class 3 contest set to see three three last time out winners clash in a nine runner affair.

Among those is Knight’s Sword who is expected to have plenty of supporters having taken a step forward to score in a Class 1 contest over 1300m at Rockhampton at the start of last month.

Trained by Ricky Vale the gelding has been freshened up since but he looks opposable having struggled over 1050m at this level prior.

It’s possible he found the trip on the sharp side that day but the in form filly Shaluna is preferred on this occasion.

The daughter of Shalaa has made all the running on two of her last three starts and while she’s not certain to get an easy lead with Toy Blaze and top weight Jabali Gold both likely to want to go forward from the barriers the selection has an ideal draw having drawn the rail and is tactically versatile having won from off the pace when breaking her maiden over 1100m at Mackay in June.

Tahlia Fenlon takes the ride here having been on board for that Mackay success and twice subsequently including when winning over this trip in a Benchmark 55 event at the same venue last month and the pair are selected to register a third win together.

May for Corowa success

Seventh Seal is the clear class horse in the race ahead of the fourth race on the Corowa card, a 1000m Benchmark 58 contest set to take place on a heavy 9 track.

The six-year-old showed good form when runner-up, beaten a length in a 1200m contest at Wagga on 25th August and having delivered a victory in a Benchmark 66 contest over this distance as recently as June his form sets him apart from the field.

However with that comes added weight and having to concede a sizeable amount of weight to his rivals may prove too much for the Fastnet Rock gelding who is also likely to have competition for the lead from My Bold Boy and Chillie Cod.

Billy Owen’s mount Miss Elsie May is preferred in this field with the mare having delivered a couple of solid efforts racing from off the pace at this level in recent times including when third over this trip at Wagga last month.

Versatile with regards to tactics the daughter of Krupt has placed on four of her five starts on heavy tracks and with a good record of two wins and a further three places from six starts at the distance she is taken to deliver a first victory in over a year.

Lad to score at Hamilton

Top weight Prize Lad takes the eye ahead of the final race on the Hamilton card, a 2224m Benchmark 58 event.

With the going forecast to be a heavy 10 the proven wet track performer, the winner of three of his nine starts on heavy going fits the bill with regards to going preferences.

Kept busy this spell the eight-year-old has shown his best form in recent times including when winning two of his last three starts with the most recent of those victories coming in a Benchmark 58 event over 2000m at Warrnambool on 23rd August.

 Raced from off the pace on that occasion but is also happy tracking the speed and his jockey at The Bool Declan Bates is booked to ride once more.

Stamina is the only real concern with the picks best form coming over shorter but it’s of note that he’s only tried this trip once more, when sixth over the course and distance back in May.

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