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Race 3 - 12:07PM BROWN BROTHERS QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)
Ridden upside down last start, MYSTERY ‘N’ MAGIC will be out to turn things around here and if successful, he will be very hard to hold out today. Two starts back, he was fourth-up and coming off a fast finishing third in a two-year-old Hcp. He faced a mixed two and three-year-old maiden field where he drew the car park in gate 12 (of 13). Jockey, Sonja Wiseman eased him back to the tail of the field where he settled, more than a dozen lengths off the pace. On straightening, he weaved his way through traffic and finished far too strongly for them, winning by 2.5 lengths on the line. Last start, it was all back-the-front. He pulled badly at the start and even in a small field, was caught four-deep, giving Wiseman no choice but to let him go. He pulled his way to the lead in an unusual role for him. On straightening, he was immediately under pressure from his stablemate (and $1.20 favourite) Tennessee Boy who quickly put paid to him. He did however fight on strongly to finish fourth, on the worse end of a three-way go for the minors. He is up against a very promising galloper here in Derulo who is unbeaten from two starts but if ridden patiently, he has the ability to win today. The topweight has to concede him 4kgs today which makes things interesting. They have both run 1:10 in winning over 1200m so the contest will be worth the admission price alone. With Sonja Wiseman indisposed today, regular stable rider Stephen Wilson jumps aboard the Rothesay youngster for the first time and will give him every chance in the run home. I can’t come at $1.40 for Derulo and believe the Chillemi galloper will give us a far better run for our money.
Race 9 - 3:50PM SKY RACING BENCHMARK 65 Handicap (1200 METRES)
The Steve Massingham stable saddle-up DUNATUN here who has returned from a seven-month spell in good order. The Snitzel gelding was impressive first-up where he carried 59kgs to beat all but Santisimo home, here in a BM0-65 over the 1000m sprint. Then last start, he returned to Cluden Park and again came up short, finishing third in similar company over the same trip. Third-up today, he steps up to the 1200m which will suit him now and he is reunited with Nathan (Grubby) Day who rode him so well first-up. He draws ideally in gate three and I see him settling near mid-field on the fence. He only needs an ounce of luck turning for home and with a clear run, he will be mighty hard to hold out today.
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