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Australian Racing: George Gently out to break maiden

There’s four meetings to get involved with this Thursday with provincial fixtures at Northam and Dalby plus two country meets set to take place on heavy tracks at Bendigo and Wagga.

Gently to break maiden

The fourth race at Northam is an intriguing 1400m affair set to take place on a soft 5 track.

Anna’s Boy is expected to start favourite having demonstrated improved form when finishing a good second, beaten less than a length in a 1300m maiden at this venue on a soft 7 track earlier this month.

Earlier fourth over 1100m here was a solid effort first up also but the Chris Parnham-ridden gelding may find George Gently, who finished third in the previously mentioned 1300m maiden is capable of reversing that form.

Meryl Hayley’s charge is another to have shown improved form this spell following up a solid half-length second over 1300m on a good 4 track, a race in which he had another of his rivals here Haydross back in third with the third place finish mentioned earlier.

The draw in ten isn’t ideal but with a long enough run to the bend here that shouldn’t prove an issue with jockey Laqdar Ramoly, on board for both previous starts this spell in the saddle.

Promise to score under Taylor

Syd’s Footprints, top weight in the final race on the Dalby card, a 1200m Benchmark 65 contest is sure to have his supporters having finished placed five times this spell including when runner-up over 1100m at Sunshine Coast Poly on his penultimate outing.

Proved a disappointment dropped to 1000m for a Class 6 event at Eagle Farm subsequently but gets a drop down in grade from a metro contest here and rates highly with claimer Emily Lang up.

Preference however is for the Jason Taylor-ridden I Promise You who has finished third on both starts this spell including in a six runner Class 3 contest over 1000m on a soft 5 track at Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

Has won over this distance in the past and having shown a liking for this venue when placed second here in October last year the daughter of Panzer Division looks capable of repeating the trick she showed last spell when winning third up.

Aabir to break maiden

In the second at Bendigo, a maiden plate set to be held over 1600m the Chris Waller-trained Al Aabir and Jilted Lover are vying for favouritism.

The latter, the mount of Michael Dee showed improved form when finishing runner-up under his rider here in a 1415m maiden race on a good 4 track at Sale when racing first up.

Notably however Jilted Lover’s only previous start on a wet track resulted in a heavy defeat over 1400m at Pakenham on his second and final start last spell and having been drawn wide here Al Aabir is selected to get off the mark at the fourth attempt.

Runner-up on both starts in Europe including on a track described as good-to-firm in a race over around 2000m at Bath in October last year the son of Sea The Stars showed promise over a trip that was likely on the short side when five lengths fifth over 1415m in a Sale maiden on his debut for the Waller stable.

Ridden from off the pace that day the four-year-old kept on nicely and looks ready to win racing upped to 1600m second up.

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