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Australian Racing: Surrenders out to break maiden

There’s ten meetings set to take place this Sunday with metropolitan action from Devonport Synthetic plus provincial fixtures at Hawkesbury, Sunshine Coast and Pioneer Park among the fixtures.

Surrenders for maiden glory

In the third race on the Hawkesbury card, a 1000m maiden contest Blake Ryan’s Starspangledancer looks likely to prove popular with punters.

Down the field in her first trial at Rosehill back in January she showed a marked improvement when drawing over twelve lengths clear of her rivals in the second of her barrier trials at this circuit last month.

Her jockey that day James Innes takes the ride here but while she impressed that day the going here is much softer and she may have to give best to Surrenders for the powerful James Cummings yard.

The selection, a once-raced daughter of Sepoy showed ability when racing from off the pace prior to finishing three-and-a-half-lengths second to a more experienced rival in Alpha One in a 900m maiden on a soft 7 track at Newcastle on debut.

Did best of those racing from off the pace that day and with that experience under her belt looks capable of breaking her maiden for a trainer with a 28% strike-rate (13/47) here in the last year.

Royale to continue winning run

In the sixth at Devenport Synthetic the top weight Need To Be Unique is expected to jump as favourite following a head victory in a Benchmark 62 contest over this course and distance last month.

Has shown a liking for this venue in the past winning twice and placing second twice from five starts, while drawing the rail here is a positive with Chelsea Baker, on board last time out keeping the ride.

Conceding weight to Zeva Royale is a tough task however with the daughter of Needs Further getting off the mark in a maiden on a soft 7 surface at Hobart on her penultimate outing.

Duly doubled up when winning a Class 1 by a length over this course and distance subsequently and with handler Barry Campbell doing well at this track his representative here looks up to scoring off a low weight under Anthony Darmanin.

Divine for fifth victory

The third race at Sunshine Coast is a competitive looking Benchmark 68 event with Apple Tart, a winner on the polytrack here last time out likely to prove popular in the market with top apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor booked to ride.

Had previously finished a fair fifth in a seven runner event over 1350m event at Ipswich last month. Notably that effort came on today’s forecast going, a soft 7 and while the daughter of Sebring handles wet tracks the grade dropper Miss Divine Em may prove too much for Stuart Kendrick’s charge.

Miss Divine Em has contested stronger races than this in the past including when fourth in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield in February last year. While not up to delivering a winning effort at that level she showed good form when a length third in a Benchmark 80 event over this course and distance on a heavy 9 track at the start of this month.

Jockey Tegan Harrison, on board that day retains the ride and the pair are taken to complete a double with the filly looking to record a second victory this spell having won over this trip in a Benchmark 64 event at Mildura in April.

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