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Australian Racing: Rightful Heir eyes Belmont glory

After a weekend of Group action there’s four country meetings set to take place this Monday with heavy tracks forecast at Tamworth, Leeton and Swan Hill plus a soft track expected at Belmont Park.

Heir for Belmont success

Zac Luvs To Fly and Abloh are vying for favouritism ahead of the fifth at Belmont Park, a 1400m Benchmark 46+ contest set to take place on a soft 5 track.

The Chris Stelmach-trained Zac Luvs To Fly wasn’t beaten far when fifth in a competitive contest at this venue earlier this month while she’d placed third in a Class 3 event on a soft 6 surface over this track and trip prior.

Abloh met issues in running when sixth in that Class 3 event and the son of Al Maher is open to improvement having made just the five previous starts in a career that started with a victory over 1100m at Northam in September last year.

While Rightful Heir has failed to shine in three previous starts on soft turf it’s of note that two of those came on her first two starts and she has shown good form at this level including when winning by a narrow margin over this trip Junction three starts back.

Delivered solid efforts in defeat in two starts at a higher level since and having attempted to make all when fifth over 1400m at Carnavon on her penultimate start she is taken to get out and make all having drawn the rail.

Kanalaide to double up

At Tamworth The Dark Knight is expected to have his supporters ahead of the fourth race on the card, a 1600m Benchmark 58 contest.

Lou Mary’s charge delivered his best effort in three starts this spell when finishing half-a-length second in a similar race to this on a soft 6 track over track and trip earlier this month.

Raced prominently that day and is drawn to good effect to repeat such tactics under Michael Bell having drawn barrier five.

The winner that day was Kanalaide and while the Cody Morgan-trained five-year-old has to concede extra weight to his rival here it’s notable that he is the winner of his only previous start on the forecast heavy going.

Had previously disappointed when last of ten over 1280m at Muswellbrook but he appeared to appreciate the step up to this trip last time out and with Rory Hutchings, on board last time out again in the saddle the son of Adelaide is selected to register a third win from six starts at this venue.

Theory to break maiden

There’s a competitive card at Swan Hill, with the third race on the card having attracted a big field headed by Golden Vitrine.

Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace the son of Showcasing delivered a five length second in a 1200m maiden on a good 4 track at Pakenham at the end of March.

Off the track since the four-year-old had to overcome an awkward start that day and racing first up may have to give best to Just A Theory who has shown a liking for the forecast heavy going in the past.

Encountered a heavy 9 track when half-a-length second in a 1200m maiden at Echuca when racing first up last month.

Followed that solid effort up with another second over 1200m, this time on a soft 7 track at Moe earlier this month and with a good draw six off the rail Mitchell Freedman’s charge is taken to get off the mark at the sixth attempt having run well over this distance in the past.

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