Kerry Weir will hope his recent run of form continues at Wagga on Saturday, with the Tumut trainer preparing five runners for what looks an entertaining seven-race-program.
Weir said Deemed Corrupt was his best chance but was confident of a few good runs out of his stablemates.
Deemed Corrupt will kick off Weir’s chances too, jumping from gate nine in the 1400m Maiden Plate, while Simon Miller will be in the saddle.
“I think he is ready to win. We’ve accepted in the 1400m; a lot of people don’t think he will run it out, but I think he will if he’s ridden properly,” Weir said.
Weir was also confident Cape Cluster and Foxlike would run good races, with both runners also attracting the services of Simon Miller.
Cape Cluster draws gate 13 in the second race, the 2000m Class One and last-start winner Foxlike has drawn the inside gate in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
“Foxlike will have to be a chance after drawing a good barrier but the only query will be dropping back a furlong,” Weir said.
“Cape Cluster had a bit of a freshen up, he had two starts on those two heavy tracks and was a bit flat, so we gave him some time off and have put him in the 2000m.
“The way he races you think he would get the distance but there is only one way to find out.”
Weir will have Miller on four of his runners, with the veteran hoop also jumping aboard Bouddi in the sixth event, the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
“Simon was nearly our stable jockey a while ago and rode for me for five years when he was in Albury,” Weir said.
“He has won a Tumut Cup, Cowra Cup and Corowa Cup for us and he is a good jockey.”
Weir’s fifth runner will be Paris Opera in the fifth event, the 1000m Class One Handicap and Kayla Nisbet will be in the saddle.
The popular Southern District trainer said it was good to find a purple patch of form and touched on a few old and new faces that would be starting for the stable very soon.
“The five we have racing are all of our old horses and most of the others are unraced ones, it will be interesting to see how they go, there are a couple shaping up alright,” Weir said.
Punters will be excited to hear that talented sprinter Cattledog Cod is nearing a return to the track too, after last being seen on August 2019.
“The one I am looking forward to returning is Cattledod Cod,” Weir said. “He has had a couple of gallops and looks good.”
Weir said if it wasn’t for ongoing injuries, the O’Lonhro gelding would win in town.
“He is such a big horse with little legs,” Weir said. “He could win in town if I could get him right.”
The seven-race Wagga program is due to start at 1.01pm.
With spring racing well and truly underway, there is a lot of local interest in the Southern District and South East Racing Associations.
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If an owner wants a horse included in the list to follow, they are encouraged to email details to [email protected] or contact the office and ask for Jeff Hanson.
The Andy and Sue Groves owned Wondalga returns from a spell at Canberra today for trainer Mick Miladinovic, contesting race five after drawing gate five and attracting the services of Jeff Penza.
The full brother to former Kerry Weir runner Bondo, hasn’t been seen at the races since January but showed enough in four starts last preparation to suggest that a win is only just around the corner.
Peter Korn has Princess Kalli engaged in the first event at Canberra, and will jump from gate three in the 1600m Class One Plate.
Jordan Mallyon is in the saddle and after the seven-year-old found the line strongly last start over 1460, the mile journey should suit.
The Gordon and Judy Kelso owned Olifants is an emergency in the sixth race at Canberra, the 1000m Benchmark 60 Handicap.
The Doug Gorrel runner is getting back to peak fitness and draws gate seven, although no jockey was named for the ride at the time of publishing.
Todd Smart will take All About Me and Underthespotlight to Canberra on Friday too.
Recent placegetter Underthespotlight is the top weight in race four, the 1000m Maiden Handicap and gets in nicely with gate two and the services of non-claiming apprentice, Patrick Scorse.
All About Me then contests race eight, the 1200m Class One, but draws gate 10 and will have Brock Ryan on board.
Andy Groves will watch the consistent Tan Line contest the first on the card at Wagga on Saturday, the 1400m Maiden Plate for Canberra trainer, Mick Miladinovic.
The five-year-old has finished with minor placings at Canberra and Albury in recent starts and draws gate three, while Mick Heagney takes the ride.
In the fourth event at Wagga, the 1200m Maiden Handicap, The Jim Scobie trained Sugarplum Mary, takes on the Rick and Todd Broad part-owned Dancin’ Till Dawn and the Sandy Tait and Jill Nivison owned Torsiton.
Sugarplum Mary will jump from gate seven and has Bradley Vale in the saddle, Dancin’ Till Dawn, who is prepared by Norm Gardner, is stuck a bit wider in gate nine but has leading local jockey Blaike McDougall on board, and Torsiton, who is trained by Tim Donnelly, gets no favours, drawn in the car park with gate 16 and with apprentice hoop Heni Ede in the saddle.
Gundagai trainer Andrew Sheahan then has Add On returning in the fifth event at Wagga, the 1000m Class One Handicap.
The former New Zealander has only had the one run in Australia, back in November 2019, and draws gate eight and has Josh Richards booked for the ride.
The penultimate event at Wagga is the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap and Michelle Russell’s Taliano faces off against the Mal and Lachlan Vogan owned Jaytee’s The Fox and the Todd Smart trained, Attainment.
Blaike McDougall jumps aboard Taliano, which looks a big chance on his best form, while Jaytee’s The Fox, who has Aaron Sweeney in the saddle, draws gate 17 and has been out of sorts.
Attainment was a good winner at Goulburn three starts ago but gate 11 doesn’t help and Scott Pollard takes the ride.
The final event on the strong Wagga card is the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap and locally owned runners Pushkar and Reason To Smile will face off.
The Tim Donnelly prepared Pushkar will likely start one of the favourites from gate five and will be a big show if rain does come.
The Norm Gardner trained Reason To Smile has been up and down this preparation and draws gate eight and the services of Scott Pollard.