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Australian Racing: Rapidity ready to step up

We’ve five meetings coming up this Thursday including a meeting at Grafton, originally set to take place at Ballina.

Rapidity to pounce late

Mentalism and Shanjomi are vying for favouritism in the fifth at Kembla Grange with both horses coming into this on the back of a spell.

Mentalism has shown he is effective on wet surfaces in the past and gets a drop in grade following a fourth of five in a Benchmark 68 event over 1500m at this venue in April. Faded late on that day and this shorter distance should be more to his liking.

Shanjomi could finish only fifth over 1200m in a Benchmark 72 event at Canterbury at the end of March when last in action. Also gets a drop in grade and was a winner first up at Doomben back in June last year.

With plenty in here likely to want to go forward from the gate, including Shanjomi preference in this contest is for Rapidity who has been ridden from off the pace in both starts this spell. Delivered a close second over this trip in a Benchmark 74 event on a soft 5 track at Queanbeyan earlier this month and looks the value with apprentice Jessica Taylor having won on the mare in the past.

Minola for Cranbourne success

Top weight Herman Hesse looks likely to jump as favourite under Ben Melham in the fifth at Cranbourne.

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s charge could finish only eighth in a similar event to this over 1600m at Caulfield when racing first up. Drops to country company here however and with this trip more suitable warrants respect despite being unproven on the forecast heavy 9 going.

Gavin Bedgood saddles Minola here and she is selected to register a fifth career win having won twice on heavy tracks in the past.

Delivered a first up win over 1600m in a lower grade at Pakenham in May and has placed second on both subsequent starts including over 2100m in a Benchmark 78 event on a heavy 8 track at Sandown Lakeside at the end of last month.

Expected to sit in mid-division early and having had three of her rivals here behind her last time out the six-year-old looks capable of recording career win number five.

Exchange to complete double

The twice raced Rising is expected to prove popular with punters in the penultimate race on the Cranbourne card, a 1200m Class 1 handicap event.

Returns from a spell having followed up a highly impressive debut win over 1300m at Stawell with a sixth upped to 1400m at Sandown Hillside subsequently.

Absent since December he is making his first race start since a gelding operation having won a trial on a heavy track here on 4th July.

Raced from the front on both starts last spell but may find that difficult from a wide draw here and as such looks opposable with The Exchange the one to side with.

 The son of Street Boss has a solid draw in six here and had an excuse when disappointing in finishing eleventh over 1206m at Benalla on debut in February. Finished lame that day but showed he handles soft surfaces when delivering a victory in a barrier trial last month.

Put that experience to good use when scoring over 1200m on the synthetic surface at Ballarat on 28th June and looks up to delivering a victory on his first handicap start.

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