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Australian Racing: Ef Troop out for win number six

While there’s a big weekend of racing coming up highlighted by the $1,000,000 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield there’s plenty of quality action to get involved with on Friday with a metro meeting at Gold Coast plus provincial fixtures at Gosford and Pioneer Park in addition to two country meetings.

Troop to take Gold Coast feature

The feature race of the day is undoubtedly the 1200m Atlas Gold Services Goldmarket which is set to take place over 1200m at Gold Coast.

Garibaldi has placed on three of his four starts this spell and Tony Gollan’s charge is expected to jump as favourite.

Runner-up when beaten by a narrow margin over 1200m at Doomben last time out the six-year-old’s sole unplaced efforts this time around came in Group 3 company over this distance at Eagle Farm and with the forecast good 4 track to his liking he looks a leading player despite having to overcome a wide draw.

Preference however is for stablemate Ef Troop who delivered a solid second place finish when making his seasonal debut in a 1000m Benchmark 90 contest on a good 4 track at Eagle Farm earlier this month.

The pick won just the once last spell with that effort coming on a soft 7 track over this trip at Doomben and while the son of Spirit Of Boom hasn’t been at his best in previous outings at this venue he boasts an impressive three from seven second up record and having drawn the rail is taken to deliver a sixth career win.

America to break maiden

The fourth at Gosford, a 1600m maiden plate is an interesting affair with the going expected to be a soft 5.

Father’s Day has placed on all three previous starts since making the move to Australia from Ireland including when half-a-length third in a 1300m maiden on a good 4 track at Hawkesbury earlier this month on his return from a spell.

Extra distance here should prove no issue having placed over much further when trained in Ireland but Chad Schofield’s mount may have to give best to State Of America who is open to improvement on just his second career start.

The David Payne-trained gelding delivered a solid third place finish when beaten less than five lengths in a 1580m maiden at Canberra when making his debut at the start of this month.

That effort came on a heavy 9 track and the quicker ground forecast here should be more to his liking while the drop from metropolitan racing to a provincial contest is a further positive for William Pike’s mount.

Darling for Pakenham success

Ancient Egypt and Mountain Range are both likely to have their supporters ahead of the fifth race at Pakenham Synthetic, a 1400m Class 1 handicap however both have wide barrier draws to overcome and with the pair racing first up it may prove profitable to look to the race fit Lulu Darling for the winner in what looks a competitive affair.

The five-year-old has placed second on her two most recent starts including when beaten less than a length in finishing runner-up in a Benchmark 64 event over 1200m at this venue earlier this month.

Daniel Stackhouse, on board for each of the picks last three starts is again in the saddle and having been drawn three off the rail the Toronado filly is taken to register a second career win with her previous victory coming on debut at Ballarat Synthetic in June last year.

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