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Dick Powell’s Australian Pick of the Week for August 14

By Dick Powell

Race 6 at Sale (Australia A) on Wednesday night is a Class 1 handicap going six furlongs for older horses. Please note that all horses in the southern hemisphere had their birthday on August 1 so you will not see any more races for two-year-olds. The track is expected to be “Heavy” so wet-track success or experience should be a big help.

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#5 UNLIMITED ABILITY has just about everything you would look for under these conditions. The first time he tried Heavy turf, he won going five furlongs and has run well since then over it. In his nine pari-mutuel starts, he has taken serious money and is well spotted here. Two starts back, he just missed against this class level on Soft turf going five furlongs in very soft turf when he stalked a slow pace. Son of former sprint champion Equiano was a close fourth last out on Heavy ground despite breaking from post 12 and racing on the outside.

#6 ZIPSPUR broke his maiden two starts back going 5 1/2 furlongs on Soft turf then he came back over firmer ground and he was a close second in fast time going six furlongs in fast time. His best speed rating came in his career debut over Heavy ground so he is versatile enough to handle today’s ground. Son of Magnus won with 128 pounds so today’s 131-pound impost should not be a problem.

#3 LOCKO has turned it around since changing tactics by running on the lead. He just missed going a mile on firmer ground when he gunned to the front and was caught late. He came back on Soft ground and won easily back at mile so he should be plenty fit to take on six furlongs over Soft ground. He will have to overcome post 11 but at least he has enough speed to get over from the wide draw.

UNLIMITED ABILITY should use his success and experience in these conditions to win this at decent odds.

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