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Australian Racing: Soft Valley track perfect for Award

We’ve plenty of metro racing this Saturday with meetings from Rosehill, Fannie Bay, Belmont Park, Eagle Farm, Moonee Valley and Morphetville plus an array of provincial and country fixtures.

Award for Valley glory

Jamie Kah’s mount Rudhyar is likely to jump as favourite for the fifth race on the Moonee Valley card, a Benchmark 78 contest over 2500m.

Kah was in the saddle when the gelding delivered an impressive triumph in a 2400m contest on a heavy 8 track at Sandown-Hillside ten days ago and while the son of Sea The Stars steps up in grade here he was competitive at this level when fourth on his penultimate outing.

Preference however is for Mimi’s Award who has delivered a couple of solid placed efforts at Flemington this month following up a narrow defeat in the 2600m Banjo Paterson with a third place finish in the Flemington Cup.

The soft 6 track forecast is in the mares favour and with a useful claimer in Josh Richards booked she is taken to register her fourth career success.

Talk to take Challenge

Jojo Was A Man is sure to have his supporters ahead of the eighth race on the Rosehill card, the 1500m Winter Challenge. Trained by John Thompson the four-year-old is a three time winner this spell including in a couple of Benchmark 78 races over 1400m at Randwick last month.

Heavy ground here is no issue following a narrow defeat in the Furphy Winter Stakes at Randwick three weeks ago and he gets on well with jockey Reece Jones.

The Al Maher gelding may find the progressive Cross Talk for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team too strong with their representative here coming into this the winner of four of his six starts including impressively in a Benchmark 78 contest on a heavy 9 track at Randwick earlier this month.

Wide draw should prove no issue here given that he looks the main pace angle in the field and should prove capable of getting across to the rail under Jean Van Overmeire and given his good record on heavy tracks the Keano gelding is taken to register a victory on his first start at this venue.

Goldsborough for Far success

Osamu, the mount of Ben Thompson looks a big runner in the seventh race at Eagle Farm with the gelding coming into this contest on the back of a two length victory in a Benchmark 75 contest over this course and distance when racing first up a fortnight ago.

Has made all the running to score here on his two most recent starts and while a barrier draw three off the rail is a positive the presence of fellow trailblazers Bel Academy and Mischief Managed may mean it’s better to side with something likely to race from off the pace.

In that regard Goldsborough is taken to complete a hat-trick following wins in a Benchmark 90 event over this trip at Sunshine Coast and last time out in a 1200m Class 6 at Doomben.

Raced behind the pace in those two starts and looks up to successfully employing similar tactics under Kyle Wilson-Taylor with the switch to the good track forecast here no issue having on placed on four of his five starts on good surfaces.

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