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Ballarat - Race 3 2:00pm AEST

No. 3 Slipslopslap

Happy to give Slipslopslap another go after failing to run a place first-up over a touch shorter.

The son of Fighting Sun traveled well in the early stages but just tired late after racing forward under Neil Farley up front.

He was found to have a slow recovery post-race, so there were excuses, while his second-up run for fourth at Warrnambool last time in work was good. His jump-outs leading into this prep were strong, so I’m happy to forgive.

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No. 6 Pankhurst

Pankhurst is back in class following a game effort at Hamilton three weeks ago on a bottomless track.

Matthew Williams’ four-year-old was caught wide without cover but still finished off well for fifth, a run she can only improve on now from a much kinder draw.

Fitter for two runs back and on a much firmer surface, she looks a nice price to go close.

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No. 6 Mietta

Mietta is nearly a month between runs since bolting in to win over the track and distance on debut.

The daughter of I Am Invincible found the box seat and was impressive late, kicking clear over the final 100m to win narrowly.

The form out of that reads well with the two place-getters going on to find the money in recent starts, and although she’ll carry some extra weight for her troubles, she only needs to hold that form to be a factor.

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No. 2 Black Opal

Black Opal has had three goes for two placings on the synthetic and looks tough to beat if he can offset the wide gate early.

John Moloney’s six-year-old came off second-best to a smart mare here last start over the track and distance, while the form from her previous start reads okay with the fourth place-getter going on to win recently at Donald.

He’s rock-hard fit at this stage of his prep, and if he can shuffle across and lead he’ll be hard to run down.