With the weekend just around the corner there’s six meetings set to take place this Friday with provincial racing at Mackay and country racing at Geelong, Moruya, Muswellbrook, Carnarvon and Oak Park.
Take Escuro for victory
The final race on the Mackay card looks likely to see Ahooshu jump as favourite with Melea Castle’s mount boasting a good two from four record at this venue.
Among his rivals here is the course regular CABALO ESCURO who has been kept busy this spell and completed a double when winning by a length in a 1200m contest on a soft 5 track at Rockhampton in April. The form of that race is working out well with the third (three times), fourth (twice) and fifth all winning subsequently.
Similar underfoot conditions are expected here and while the five-year-old could finish only ninth over 1300m at the same track subsequently that effort did come in a stronger race and he had a legitimate excuse with a wide draw in 13 against him. Followed that up with a solid fourth over 1300m here and tackling this 1100m trip for the first time since winning here in February he looks capable of taking his career wins tally into double figures.
Stock selected for maiden success
The sixth race on the Geelong card, a 2407m maiden looks a highly competitive affair with Xylina Warrior for Paul Koumis looking likely to go off favourite on the back of a close up second when finishing strongly under today’s rider Alana Kelly here on 17th June. She had three of her rivals here in Logan Court, Road To Blue Sky and Cianna behind her that day but may have to give best to STAR STOCK.
Symon Wilde’s charge showed a liking for wet surfaces when runner-up in a six runner event on a heavy 8 race at Ballarat on his penultimate outing. Proved a slight disappointment when finishing only fifth at Swan Hill subsequently but should appreciate the return to a heavy surface. Represents a stable who do well at this venue and with Blake McDougall up is selected to get off the mark at the tenth attempt.
Mister for third career win
No Surrender is sure to have his supporters following a much improved effort when placing a close second in a Benchmark 64 event over 1200m at Moe when racing third up. That marked the geldings best effort this spell following efforts in stronger events at Flemington in early June and in a valuable contest at Warwick Farm first up.
Preference here though is for MISTER ME, drawn one barrier inside No Surrender in 11. Jake Duffy’s mount has to concede weight all round here with the rider on board for the first time when the pair finished runner-up in a Benchmark 64 contest over 1400m at Casterton on 12th June.
The three-year-old has shown a liking for heavy surfaces in the past having won on a heavy 8 track over 1200m at Ballarat when racing first up this spell in May and having been thought good enough to contest Caulfield’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas over 1600m on his final start last spell he looks up to delivering a victory for trainer Maddie Raymond.