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Australian Racing: Trip no issue for Air of Alsace

We’ve five meetings to get involved with today including provincial fixtures at Wyong, Northam and Cairns.

Alsace for Wyong success

The unbeaten Recommendation is expected to head the market ahead of the sixth race on the Wyong card, a Benchmark 64 contest over 1350m.

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s representative has raced on the pace in each of his two starts to date including when winning by a length in a 1280m Class 1 contest on a soft 5 track at Muswellbrook at the start of this month.

Barrier draw could have been kinder here however and while the son of Shalaa rates a worthy favourite he may find the class dropper Air Of Alsace too strong.

Runner-up in a Benchmark 72 event over 1200m at Rosehill when racing first up on 2nd July she reportedly failed to handle the going when down the field over the same course and distance subsequently.

Extra distance here is no issue having won over this track and trip in a Class 1 event on her final outing of her last spell and Jason Coyle’s charge looks up to recording a third career win.

Lumber to deliver Pakenham victory

In the sixth on the synthetic track at Pakenham Gloves Are Off looks likely to jump as favourite on her first start back from a spell.

Now in the care of Greg Eurell the four-year-old was a winner at Moonee Valley in a 1200m Class 1 contest on a good 4 track last November. Could finish only seventh on her final start of last spell but has run well here in the past.

Daniel Moor takes the ride but the daughter of Toronado may have a job on her hands to keep out top weight Lumber Punk who has won two of his last three starts.

The gelding delivered a comfortable victory in a 1200m event at Murray Bridge and having scored in a Benchmark 64 over this course and distance earlier this spell the three-year-old looks up to registering a fifth career win with the promising claimer Jett Stanley booked for the ride.

Haydross for maiden win

Cliff Green sends his three-year-old filly Sweet Tea to Northam for the 1300m maiden that is set to take place as the third race on the card.

Delivered some solid efforts so far this spell and has jumped at big odds against previous winners in her two most recent starts including when twelfth over 1400m at Belmont Park at the start of the month.

Blinkers are applied here which should sharpen the filly up somewhat but jockey Shaun O’Donnell may well have to play a waiting game tactics wise with the filly drawn widest of all in this field.

The barrier draw has been far kinder to Haydross who demonstrated improved form when partnered by today’s jockey Brad Parnham for the first time in finishing a length third over 1100m on a soft 5 track at this venue two weeks ago.

Racing first up that day he had to overcome a wide draw in ten and with the soft track forecast in his favour Brad Graham’s charge is taken to get off the mark racing second up.

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