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Australian Racing: Broken Hill seeking Scone success

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There are four meetings scheduled for Tuesday with Sale, Scone, Gatton and Bathurst all set to stage racing action.

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Race 7 Sale

Funnyifitwon @ 3.20

Race 8 Scone

Broken Hill @ 10.00

Race 7 Bathurst

Starane @ 3.60

Funnyifitwon for Sale success

The penultimate race on the Sale card is a 1744m Benchmark 64 handicap contest, with New Sovereign expected to have his supporters and Jye McNeil set to ride.

Trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr, the gelding has made just three starts to date, including when breaking his maiden over 1400m at Pakenham on debut.

The gelding raced on a soft 5 track that day and has shown good form in Restricted 64 handicap events on good 4 tracks on both subsequent appearances.

The son of Sea The Moon should appreciate the step up in distance, following a second when racing from the front over 1400m at this venue last time.

However, top weight FUNNYIFITWON is selected to get the better of the gelding here, having demonstrated winning form when victorious over 1500m at Bendigo in April.

The five-year-old had previously finished fourth in a metro contest held over 1800m on the Hillside course at Sandown at the end of February.

The selection arrives here on the back of a length fourth in a 1600m Benchmark 70 handicap held on a good 4 track at Bendigo on 22nd May.

Trained by Patrick Payne, the pick has demonstrated a liking for this venue in the past having won 1736m here in a similar race to this in June last year.

The switch to a forecast wet track here is no issue and, with Tom Prebble again in the saddle, the selection looks capable of registering his fifth career win.

Hill to salute at Scone

The eighth race on Scone's nine-race card is a 1000m Benchmark 82 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 surface.

South Of India has won each of his last three starts and he is expected to jump as favourite having returned with a win at Hawkesbury on 30th May.

The gelding came home less than a length clear of his rivals when making all the running in a Benchmark 64 handicap on that occasion.

Jean Van Overmeire's mount has a wide alley in this event and, with that in mind, it can pay to look elsewhere for the winner.

BROKEN HILL has performed well first up in the past and he registered three wins in 2023, including when victorious over 1181m at Grafton in April of that year.

The gelding has made just one appearance so far this campaign, with that coming in The Kosciuszko over 1200m at Randwick in October.

The pick jumped at $61 and ultimately trailed in last of 14 on that occasion and he has had two barrier trials ahead of his return to action.

Shae Wilkes takes a valuable three kilograms off the pick's back, with the pair looking capable of registering a first up win.

Starane to shine with Bathurst win

The finale at Bathurst is an interesting 1100m Benchmark 58 handicap event.

A heavy 9 surface is expected, with top weight STARANE the pick having demonstrated good form so far this season.

A winner over this distance at Mudgee in February, the five-year-old was spelled following a sixth in a 1300m handicap at Dubbo the following month.

The pick resumed with an impressive victory when racing from the front in a 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap held on a soft 6 track at Parkes on 19th May.

While the form of that contest could be working out better, Jessica Brookes takes a valuable three kilograms off and her mount looks capable of following up.

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