Dick Powell's Australia Pick of the Week for July 24
Race 8 at Echuca (Australia A) on Wednesday night is a benchmark 64 handicap going a mile for two-year-olds and upwards. The track is expected to be "Soft 7" so we will lean towards those that have some success or at least experience over it. FREE International Past Performances every day at Brisnet.com! #1 ROLAND GAROS has a good record on soft turf and a mile over it should be the right spot for the gelded son of Helmet. He did little two starts in row earlier this year off a layoff but last out, off a two-month rest, he went to the front and won easily by five lengths on a similar turf course to what he will get tonight. He does his best running when he shows speed and Nick Souquet returns in the irons – eight win in his last 50 rides. He draws well and picks up five pounds off his last start. #10 ORIENTAL LILY ran well in two consecutive starts over synthetic tracks going shorter. Two-year-old filly came back at Bendigo last out and over Heavy ground, she won going away at seven furlongs in a 14-runner maiden. She should relish the going for the Snowdens, who are winning 17 percent with their last 350 starters. The daughter of Hinchinbrook has taken money in all her pari-mutuel starts and gets Jye Mc Neil back aboard – 13 percent lately. #9 STRIPPING ROYALTY should have no trouble with the ground today. She returned first up off a seven-month layoff and rallied in a sprint from post 14 in a 14-runner field. She came back against this handicap level going a mile and just missed going gate to wire then lost a photo last out going a mile again. The three-year-old filly gets in with 126 pounds but Linda Meech will need to break well from post 12 to set up a stalking position. ROLAND GAROS has to tote high weight today but he suits the conditions. Don’t forget Twin Spires’ Australian Racing Bet Back offer where you may receive $5 win bet back on Australian A tracks Monday through Thursday if you opt in and play at least four races on a single day using the new TwinSpires platform. If you finish second, you get up to $5 back per race with a maximum of $50 maximum bonus per player each week.