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Australian Racing: Plus Fours out for maiden win

There’s five meetings set to take place on Friday with metropolitan action from Moonee Valley supplemented by a provincial meeting at Townsville and country fixtures at Moruya, Dubbo and Ballarat Synthetic.

Fours for maiden success

The third race on the Moonee Valley card is an interesting maiden contest with the once-raced Valiancy expected to jump as favourite.

The daughter of Shooting To Win showed plenty of promise when finishing runner-up in a maiden event over 1200m on a heavy 8 track at Swan Hill earlier this month.

Tackles the same distance here and looks to hold strong claims with John Allen up for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace training partnership.

The more experienced Plus Fours is preferred in this contest however with the Cable Bay gelding having placed on all three previous starts following up a second at Cranbourne on debut with a four length third in the Bert Bryant Handicap over 1200m at Caulfield in April.

Those two efforts both came on a good 4 track and the Phillip Stokes-trained selection advertised his well-being with a half-length third over 1200m on the synthetic track at Pakenham recently.

Wide draw should prove no issue given the picks hold up style of racing and Zac Spain is taken to partner Plus Fours to a first victory.

Palace can score down in grade

In the seventh race at Moonee Valley, a competitive looking 955m Benchmark 64 event the Trevor Rogers-trained Aminatu looks to hold strong claims having ended his last spell with a second place finish over 1200m at this venue.

Has form over this trip including when a close up second in a Benchmark 78 event over the course and distance three starts back.

However the daughter of Danerich has a poor first up record with just the one second place finish to her name and with that in mind class dropper Bubble Palace is preferred.

Daniel Bowman’s charge showed good form at two winning her first two starts when making all the running including in a 1000m contest on a soft 6 track at Warrnambool in early May.

Could finish only thirteenth in the Cap D’Antibes over 1100m at Flemington when racing first up this spell but the three-year-old gets an easier opportunity here and is selected to deliver a victory dropping in trip with Harry Coffey, on board for all three previous starts in the saddle.

Licona for Townsville victory

Top weight Miss Seattle is sure to have her supporters ahead of the sixth race on the Townsville card, a Benchmark 55 over 1400m.

The top weight, trained by Georgina Bourke has delivered victories at this level on each of her last two starts including over 1200m at this venue just over two weeks ago.

The daughter of Better Than Ready is tackling this distance for just the second time having placed third over the trip at this venue on a heavy 8 track in early July.

However the four-year-old may have difficult conceding weight to Licona who has shown improvement in recent starts winning a Cairns maiden over 1250m by a length last month and following up with a victory under her rider here Nathan day in a Class 1 event over 1500m at the same venue on 10th September.

Scott Cooper’s charge has shown she handles this track in the past when finishing a length fourth in a 16 runner maiden over 1200m here three starts back and the tactically versatile daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is selected to complete a hat-trick.

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