We’ve five meetings to get involved in this Friday with a provincial fixture at Gatton and then country meetings at Ballarat Synthetic, Murwillumbah, Hamilton and Canberra.
In the sixth race at Gatton, an 1100m Class 4 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 track the Adam Campton-trained Hodgson is sure to attract support with promising claimer Emily Lang booked for the ride.
The four-year-old has won two of his last three starts including by a narrow margin in a 1200m Benchmark 62 event on a heavy 8 track at Kilcoy last month. Shorter distance here is no issue but he is expected to find Blue Kentucky Moon too hot to handle in what looks a competitive affair.
Blue Kentucky Moon has been in good form so far this spell winning twice and finishing second or third a further three times from his six starts.
Trained by Michael Morrison the geldings most recent effort came when finishing third of six in this grade over 1000m at Sunshine Coast last month but having been freshened up since h looks capable of going one better than when placed second, beaten less than a length over this distance on a soft 6 track at Gold Coast in June.
Big Story won twice in trial races in New Zealand and is expected to jump as favourite for the second race on the Ballarat Synthetic card, a 1400m maiden plate.
The son of What’s The Story disappointed on racecourse debut however finishing last of eight over 1300m in a turf contest at Avondale and he advertised his well-being with a second place finish in a Cranbourne trail on a heavy track earlier this month.
Now in the care of the Mick Price and Michael Kent team the three-year-old is likely capable of better than he showed on debut but with decent recent form in the book preference is for Poiema.
Michael Moroney’s charge finished held in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview over 1000m at Caulfield in January but has returned from a spell in good form delivering two second place finishes at this venue including when beaten a length over 1200m earlier this month.
The extra distance here looks likely to suit and Blaike McDougall is taken to partner the daughter of Territories to a first victory at the fifth time of asking.
Kelvedon Road looks likely to jump as favourite for the third race on the Canberra card, a 1200m Benchmark 70 event.
The four-year-old showed solid form in the wet in 2021 and was the winner of a Benchmark 65 contest over 1400m at this venue on a soft 7 surface back in February.
Tried in stronger events since the gelding acquitted himself well when runner-up in a Benchmark 74 event over this trip at Albury and gets a drop in grade having finished last of eight in the 1600m Group 3 Fujitsu Carbine Club Stakes over 1600m at Randwick in early April.
Has won first up in the past but may have to give best to Easy Rosie who comes into this event race fit having had four starts this spell.
Two of those efforts have resulted in victories at this track including by a head in a Benchmark 70 event on a heavy 8 track over 1300m here last month.
Boasts an impressive record here and while the daughter of Super Easy could finish only fifth in a Benchmark 68 event at Kembla Grange earlier this month the shorter distance here is in her favour and jockey Rory Hutchings is taken to partner the four-year-old to a fourth win in five starts at this venue.