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Australian Racing: On song Bluegrass primed to break maiden

We've five meetings lined up today with provincial action from Cairns and Kilcoy and a country synthetics meeting at Ballarat among the offering.

1.00 Ballarat
Bluegrass Bijoux @ 9/1

1.27 Cairns
Deecath @ 13/2

04.10 Albury
Snowbella @ 11/5

Bijoux to break maiden

The opener at Ballarat Synthetic looks a competitive affair with the 1000m maiden plate having attracted a field of eight, including likely favourite Tokelau Drift.

Michael Walker's mount showed a liking for this track and trip when delivering a length second here at the end of last month. She tried to make all on that occasion and it's notable here that similar tactics were employed with Our Nicconi, the mount of Celine Gaudray on her only previous start.

With the above in mind, it may prove best to side with Bluegrass Bijoux who appeared to appreciate the switch to a synthetic surface when finishing two-and-a-half-lengths third in a course and distance maiden plate last month.

She missed the break on that occasion and while the daughter of Rich Enuff shaped as if further may suit she is likely to jump at big enough odds to warrant a play having taken out a trial under her rider here Chloe Azzopardi at Tatura in May.

Deecath to return to winning ways

In the fifth race at Cairns, the Matey Taylor-trained Musical Girl has shown good form on a sound surface of late following up a second in a Benchmark 55 at Innisfail early last month with a victory in a Class One event at Atherton two weeks later.

She has a wide draw to overcome here, however and while the extra 50m here should prove no issue following those two 1200m triumphs, it may prove profitable to look elsewhere for the winner of this race.

Deecath has shown little in two starts since returning from a break but both of those efforts have come over shorter, including when sixth in an eight runner 1000m contest at Atherton just over three weeks ago.

The four-year-old has shown good form over this track and trip in the past, particularly on soft going placing twice from three starts, including when taking a maiden on a soft 7 surface in February.

The booking of Wanderson D'Avila, third on the selection at Atherton on his final start last spell catches the eye and representing a trainer in Alwyn Bailey who can boast a 22 per cent strike-rate (12/54) at this track in the last year, he is selected to double his career tally.

Snow to score under Sandkuhl

At Albury, jockey Fiona Sandkuhl gets on well with Snowbella, who is likely to jump as favourite for the penultimate race on the card finishing in the first two on five of her six mounts on the filly.

Those six starts include a solid second over 1183m on a heavy 8 track here when racing first up last month. That effort came in this grade and having taken a similar event here back in January, it's not hard to see why she is fancied in the market.

Snowbella is one of a number drawn low who like to go forward from the gates with Turn Back Time (5) and Beau Rock (6) others fitting this running style. Noble Nightowl has been ridden positively in recent starts also including when making all to take a Class One event on a soft 7 track at Corowa on 27th June.

Had excuses when slowly away and having been drawn wide in two Restricted 58 events earlier this spell and the three-year-old is selected to slot in behind the early speed to provide jockey Brendan Ward with a second winner from three rides on the gelding.

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