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Australian Racing: Drop in grade suits Felix

Race 5 Bairnsdale

Felix Fiorente @ 19/5

Race 3 Murwillumbah

Hardley Grey @ 19/5

Race 2 Tamworth

Dubliner Boy @ 13/2

There’s three country meetings to look at this Monday with soft going forecast at Murwillumbah and Tamworth while Bairnsdale is expected to be a heavy 10.

Felix for Bairnsdale glory

Redella has shown good form for Bevan Laming of late and is expected to prove popular ahead of the fifth race at Bairnsdale, a 2200m Benchmark 58 event.

The five-year-old mare is lightly-raced for one her age with just the six starts to date but she got off the mark in impressive fashion when scoring by nearly four-and-a-half-lengths in a 2050m maiden event on a heavy 9 track at Mornington at the start of last month.

Quicker going proved no issue when runner-up on a soft 6 surface at this level over 2088m at Moe later that month and with Arron Lynch up the daughter of Redwood is expected to have her supporters.

The much more experienced Felix Fiorente is preferred in here however with the gelding having tackled a heavy surface for just the second time when a good third having raced from off the pace in a Benchmark 64 event over 2046m at Benalla last month.

The step up in distance appeared no issue on that occasion and Teodore Nugent’s mount gets a welcome drop back in grade here and is selected to double his career tally on his first attempt at this distance.

Grey to complete hat-trick

Squeeze Dis delivered a victory in a Restricted 58 event on a heavy 8 surface at Sunshine Coast earlier this month and has been installed as favourite for the third race at Murwillumbah, a Class 2 1550m event.

The four-year-old filly had previously finished sixth in a Class 1 event over the same distance on a good 4 track at Grafton and while she brings solid form into this contest the Matthew Dunn-trained filly is expected to find hat-trick seeking Hardley Grey too strong.

Trained by Owen Glue Hardly Grey built on some promising maiden efforts when winning by a narrow margin in a 1200m maiden contest on a soft 6 track here on his penultimate start.

Had no issues with the step back up in distance to 1400m when recording a length victory in a Class 1 contest at Grafton on 27th September when seeing off 13 rivals by a length and while the son of Instinction has yet to tackle this distance he shaped as if it would suit on that occasion.

Jockey Chris Taylor was in the winners at Warwick on Saturday and having won or placed on all five previous rides on the pick he is taken to steer Hardley Grey to a third consecutive victory.

Boy to break maiden

Joint top-weight Densaur is expected to jump as favourite for the second race on the Tamowrth card, the 1200m Good Luck Anethole Maiden Handicap.

Trained by Theresa Bateup the gelding has finished in the first three on three of his five starts this spell including over 1600m on a soft 5 track at Nowra on his penultimate start.

Subsequently finished fifth upped to 1665m on a good 4 surface at Wagga Riverside and with form over the trip this spell the son of Denman looks likely to put in a bold bid having raced from the front last time out.

Trainer Mark Mason boasts an impressive 25% strike-rate (7/28) at his home track and with that in mind his Dubliner Boy is taken to register a first victory with a good draw in five.

The son of Smart Missile showed plenty of promise in his first three starts in maiden events, including first up this spell when fifth over 1000m here at the end of August.

Delivered a career best effort when a close second on his first outing on a wet track over this course and distance subsequently and with further improvement expected is selected to deliver a victory with Mitchell Bell, on board last time out again in the saddle.

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