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Australian Racing: Trip suits Pacific Warrior

We’ve five meetings to consider on Tuesday with provincial fixtures at Hawkesbury, Broome and Mackay plus country meetings at Quirindi and Ballarat Synthetic.

Warrior for Hawkesbury glory

Dylan Gibbons mount Selfie Time is expected to jump as favourite for the fourth race on the Hawkesbury card, a 1500m Benchmark 64 contest.

The four-year-old mare would likely appreciate any softening of the ground given her two efforts this spell have both come on heavy 8 tracks including when making all to take a four runner 1400m maiden at Kembla Grange at the end of last month.

Sent off at prohibitively short odds in that Kembla Grange event she had been ridden with more restraint in her three previous runs and may have to give best to Pacific Warrior in this contest.

Trained by Anthony Cummings the four-year-old gelding showed that he handles soft going when taking out an eight runner maiden on a soft 6 surface at Wyong on 28th July.

Justified favouritism on that occasion and with the drop in trip no issue the son of American Pharoah is taken to complete a double by making all here having drawn the rail.

Light weight Renascence for victory

The market suggests that Mevius may prove up to completing a hat-trick in the sixth race on the Ballarat Synthetic card, a 2100m Benchmark 64 event.

The switch to synthetic surfaces appears to have suited Thomas Carberry’s gelding with the five-year-old have delivered a string of seven consecutive defeats on turf this spell prior to winning over 2200m at Pakenham Synthetic in June.

Duly followed up in this grade over this track and trip last month but it’s of note that he is drawn wide in this contest and has more on his plate from a wide draw.

Off a low weight preference here is for Renascence who has delivered a string of placed efforts in recent months including when runner-up in an 1800m Restricted 58 contest on a soft 7 surface at Casterton last month.

Trained by Aaron Purcell the gelding had previously placed in a couple of heavy track Benchmark 58 events 2000m including at Warrnambool on his penultimate start and while he steps up in grade here he gets in off a low weight and is taken to register career win number five.

Kahaylaan to score at Mackay

The final race on the Mackay card, a 1300m contest set to take place on a good 4 track looks a fairly open affair with four of the original 12 strong field set to miss the race.

Current favourite is Lily Allez who receives weight from all of her rivals and has placed on each of her three starts this spell including when third in a Benchmark 58 contest over 1000m on a good 4 track at Donald just under a month ago.

Freshened up since and with the extra distance here no issue she looks up to delivering a big effort.

Course regular Kahaylaan may have too much for the five-year-old however having made fthe frame over this course and distance when runner-up on a good 4 track in a Class 3 event on 23rd July.

Versatile with regards tactics the son of Pride Of Dubai raced in second that day but has been ridden from off the pace in the past and with the useful claimer Alisha Donald booked to ride Kahaylaan is selected to register a victory from barrier seven. 

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