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Australian Racing: Hosier out to cause Coffs upset

We’ve five meetings set to take place on Thursday including at Coffs Harbour where the feature race is the Coffs Harbour Cup.

Bowman can claim Cup

The big race of the day, the Coffs Harbour Cup is an intriguing affair with the last time out winner The Ritz likely to have his supporters for handler Michael Morrison.

Jockey Lani Allen was up for the first time when delivering an impressive victory in the Rochele Painting Handicap over 1350m at Gold Coast last month.

Any drying of the ground would likely aid his chances however and while the relatively long run to the bend should mean that a draw in barrier 13 is no issue he may well find Hosier too good given the likely pace situation here.

With regards the likely running of the race Hugh Bowman’s mount is the obvious pace angle in here having successfully made all in the past and while the six-year-old sat in second for much of the race when third in a Benchmark 84 contest over 1600m at Caulfield last start he had to overcome a wide draw that day.

The winner of that Caulfield event has placed twice at Flemington since while the runner-up Visinari was a winner at Sandown Hillside on his next start. 

Freshened up since that outing at the end of May the son of Camelot is selected to record a Cup success to improve on his already impressive record on wet tracks.

Rock for PInjarra glory

In the concluding race at Pinjarra Positive Impact looks likely to jump as favourite having followed up a good debut win on a soft 5 track over 1406m at this venue with a close up second in a Class 1 1600m affair at Northam last week.

Promising claimer Holly Watson is engaged for the ride and the Lindsey Smith-trained gelding looks up to delivering another big effort.

Romancing The Rock is selected to win on this occasion however with the four-year-old having broken his maiden at the fourth time of asking when delivering a victory in a 1400m contest on a heavy 8 track here two weeks ago.

Paul Harvey knows the son of Awesome Rock well having ridden him on three of his four previous starts and with a good draw in five the selection looks capable of slotting in behind the early pace that is likely to provided by Brad Rawiller’s mount Dance Of The South, a winner at Belmont Park last time out.

Snitcat to break maiden

There are a couple of interesting contenders in the fourth at Kembla Grange, a 1200m maiden plate with Magic Carpet dropping down from Group company and Snitcat returning to a maiden following some good efforts in much stronger affairs.

Preference on this occasion is for the filly who contested stronger events in the early part of her two-year-old career including when placed third in the Star Magic Millions Classic over 1200m on a good 3 track at Gold Coast in January.

The winner that day Coolangatta went on to place in the Golden Slipper subsequently and coming into this contest on the back of a second place finish in a barrier trial last month Gary Portelli’s filly is taken to break her maiden at the sixth time of asking.

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