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Australian Racing: Jones charge to take control

We’ve six meetings to get involved with this Friday including provincial meetings at Ipswich and Murray Bridge.

Control to make all

Autissier is expected to jump as a clear favourite for the third race on the Ipswich card, an 1100m maiden contest.

David Vandyke’s representative showed good form when runner-up in a 1200m contest on good 4 track at Sunshine Coast on debut in February.

The bend comes up quickly over this trip here however and while that form should prove good enough to take this event jockey Ryan Maloney has a wide draw to overcome on his mount and with that in mind the daughter of Belardo looks opposable.

The once-raced Control Freak has a far kinder draw here having been drawn three off the rail following a promising fifth place finish when attempting to make all the running in a 1200m maiden on a soft 7 track at Doomben on debut just over a fortnight ago.

Angela Jones’ mount looks the main pace angle in this race and is taken to get out to make all the running to get off the mark at the second time of asking.

Estelle for second up triumph

At the second of the two provincial meetings She’s Estelle looks to hold strong claims of taking down likely favourite Magicourt in the fifth race on the card, a Benchmark 58 event over 1200m.

Regular pilot Jason Holder won twice on the mare last spell including when taking out a Benchmark 56 event over 1100m at Oakbank last September. Proved a disappointment in a Benchmark 60 affair on her final start of that spell however but appeared to have appreciated the break when returning with a solid third at the same level over this 1200m trip at Gawler earlier this month.

Expected to have improved for that effort and with a good draw four off the rail the daughter of Equiano is expected to sit behind the speed and is selected to register career win number three.

Boss for Echuca success

The penultimate race on the Echuca card looks to be a highly competitive affair with the Benchmark 58 event set to take place on a soft 7 track.

The Matt Laurie stable are going well currently and they send out Duke Of Neworleans who is expected to prove fancied following a solid sixth when beaten less than two lengths over 1200m at Donald when contesting a similar event to this earlier this month.

Has a wide draw to overcome here and may find Cos I’m The Boss, drawn in 11 too good on this occasion.

Damien Thornton’s mount has been in good form since winning an 1100m maiden at Werribee first up this spell including when a solid third in a Benchmark 58 contest over 1100m on the synthetic surface at Ballarat just over three weeks ago.

Has shown a liking for this track and trip in the past when runner-up in a Benchmark 64 affair on a heavy 9 track at the start of last month and is taken to overcome her draw to deliver a second career win.

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