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Australian Racing: Old rivals to clash at Ballarat

We’ve four meetings to get stuck into today including racing on the synthetic surface at Ballarat.

Bolt to double up

In the fourth race at Ballarat, a 1400m contest the Ben and JD Hayes-trained Mio Sorrento is bidding to complete a hat-trick following a maiden success at Wangaratta and a narrow margin victory on his synthetics debut over this course and distance just over two weeks ago. Among those in opposition is the Dean Holland-ridden My Boy Birmingham who delivered a second place finish when beaten a head having tried to make all here last start.

The horse who beat My Boy Birmingham that day was BLACK BOLT and the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained four-year-old may again get the better of his rival having raced close to the pace on his synthetics debut that day. Had to overcome a protest that day but looked the best horse on the day and is taken to provide jockey Harry Coffey with a winner.

Hawk for final race glory

Red Hawk has had just the two starts to date but looks set to jump as favourite for the concluding 1000m contest. A debut winner over course and distance last August he has been spelled since finishing down the field in a Class One contest over this trip at Flemington in January.

He gets a drop in grade here but may find in form rival BROADWAY LANE who’s jockey Jarrod Fry boasts a 31% strike-rate (9/29) here in the last year too good. The selection has really found his form since being switched to synthetics and having broken his maiden at Pakenham at the end of last month he duly followed up when winning by one-and-a-half-lengths over this course and distance earlier this month.

Rosie to return to winning ways

The Norm Gardner-trained Miss Ostend showed solid form when finishing runner-up at Gosford earlier this month and looks to hold strong claims of recording a fourth career win having finished down the field at Flemington prior.

However she may well have to give best to EASY ROSIE who was bidding to complete a hat-trick when running down the field over 1200m at Gosford on a track rated a heavy 8. The soft surface expected here is no issue and having won twice here prior, including under today’s rider Jeff Penza when racing first up in April she looks up to delivering a fourth win in ten career starts.

Seal to break maiden

Trainer Clint Lundholm is a rare visitor to Tamworth but his runners and worth noting when he does having won with two of his five starters here in the last year. The handler’s sole runner on the card THE BIG SEAL goes in the opening made plate and comes into this event on the back of two second place finishes including over 1010m at Dubbo two weeks ago. He has Paul Messara’s Montari to beat here and while that rival showed good placed form in late 2021 Grant Buckley’s mount has the benefit of a couple of recent runs and looks up to breaking his maiden at the sixth attempt.

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