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Australian Racing: Shamara not to be underrated

Just the four Australian meetings on Monday, with action from Albury, Ballarat, Carnarvon and Newcastle.

We start the new week with a good second-up performer heading for Newcastle and a Sean Rain-trained last-time-out winner looking to make progress at Carnarvon.

Doyle's mare primed for Newcastle run

Nathan Doyle sends his mare Miss Scalini to Newcastle for this BM66 handicap over 1350 metres and she's got solid claims.

She's already got one win under her belt this preparation, scoring at Port Macquarie six runs back and comes here off the back of a good run.

That came here over 1300 metres at the start of this month on heavy going and was her first race off the back of a 28-week layoff. She was beaten two-lengths at the line in finishing fifth as Nitride won for Mitchell Bell.

Jasper Franklin rides here and the mare has an excellent second-up record to point to, winning in two of her six previous attempts in this scenario. Look for her to mount a major challenge breaking from barrier nine.

Her rivals include Mister Larrabee, a late running second at Port Macquarie last time out and set to try and launch a similar late raid now, as well as I Want One, Kris Lees' three-year-old having trialled well coming into this assignment.

Alpha Go for Tony Newing also makes the shortlist after a close-up fourth at Warwick Farm, albeit he's got to back that run up after just a seven-day turnaround. All in all, with her positive second-up record to lean on, Miss Scalini is worth siding with at Newcastle.

Shamara underrated at Carnarvon

The betting market is forecasting a bit of a shootout between Bondonna and Cyclonical in this Class One handicap 1200 metres. The former scored last start at this track for Malcolm Mackenzie, getting the job done over this distance to break her maiden. Sasha Starley rides here and that's a positive, but the race she won on 2nd June wasn't the strongest and more might be required now.

Cyclonical, meanwhile, returns from a 15-week break and has changed yards in that time. She's with Ray Malpass now and should find her best stuff relatively quickly but could be best watched on stable bow.

That leaves lightly-raced Shamara in with a shout for Sean Rain and rider Lisa Staples. The daughter of Choisir flew home late over 1000 metres at this track in May to come and claim the spoils, with Mahutas in second and the aforementioned Bondonna in third.

That's proved a hot race, throwing up several winners since and having bagged that maiden success, further progress is possible now stretching out in distance for Shamara.

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