Locals in action at Gundagai

Tumut trainer Kerry Weir and jockey Simon Miller will combine on four runners at Gundagai-Adelong Race Club on Sunday.

Gundagai-Adelong Race Club will host a seven-race-program on Sunday and despite their only being 71 acceptors, there is plenty of local interest. 

Kerry Weir will take a team of five across, teaming up with popular Southern District hoop Simon Miller.

Deemed Corrupt is Weir’s first runner, contesting the 1180m Maiden Handicap.

The Tumut runner has some good recent form, placing at Gundagai, Narrandera and Wagga, and connections draw gate five in what looks a winnable event. 

The struggling Maci Tess will then contest race four, after drawing gate five of the 1400m Class Two Handicap, but she will need to find a few lengths to be winning this. 

In the fifth event, Foxlike jumps up in class to contest this 1400m Benchmark 66 handicap.

The recent Wagga winner draws gate seven and is capable on his day but this could be a bit too hard. 

The Tumut trainer then has Bouddi and Paris Opera returning from a spell in the seventh event, the 1180m Class One Handicap. 

Paris Opera is a former Northern NSW runner and could be worth following first up, while Bouddi will be looking for more ground and could need a run or two before being ready for a win. 

Todd Smart also has a few entered, with Eurosay his leading chance. 

The Eurozone gelding was scratched from a TAB Highway Handicap last weekend and looks likely to contest the fourth event, the 1400m Class Two Handicap.

Jean Van Overmeire is in the saddle, and connections draw gate seven.

Smart will again team up with Van Overmeire with Attainment in the 1800m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

The recent Goulburn winner will appreciate the soft Gundagai surface but this is a tough race. 

All About Me will be Smart’s final runner, with Simon Miller booked for the ride and connections drawing gate 12 in the final event, the 1180m Class One Handicap. 

Gundagai trainer Dave Blundell also had two runners, with the Sandy Tait and Jill Nivison owned pair of Awadhi and Only A Dream racing. 

Awadhi gets in nicely, drawing gate five and attracting the services of Mathew Cahill in the 1400m Class Two Handicap. 

The Dream Ballad mare will appreciate being back on her home track and could be an improver on a firmer surface. 

Only A Dream is another runner that will appreciate being back at home and on a better surface in the 1800m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Aaron Sweeney is the saddle and connections draw gate five and there is form around to suggest the Dream Ballad mare could be a smoky in this event.

There will be some interest in Andrew Sheahan’s runner Caribbean Gold who contests race four, the 1400m Class Two Handicap. 

The six-year-old had previously been trained by Tim Martin and Gerald Ryan and has one win from 12 starts, having earned a maiden victory at Kembla Grange way back in July 2018. 

Sheahan and connections draw gate three and Josh Richards takes the ride. 

Winners and losers

Peter Korn will have Uno Best racing at Canberra today, contesting race seven the TAB Federal over the 1000m.

The talented sprinter is a second up specialist, boasting four wins from seven starts, but the eight-year-old will have to do it the tough way, and Jordan Mallyon will need to be at his best, after Uno Best drew the car park with gate 16. 

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The locally part-owned Heza Gentleman is back in action at Hawkesbury on Saturday, jumping from gate 10 in the eighth event, the 1400m benchmark 68 Handicap. 

The Mitchell and Desiree Kearney trained four-year-old will have Grant Buckley in the saddle and was a good winner at Warwick Farm two starts back, before leading and fading in his most recent start at Royal Randwick. 

There is a bit of pace in this race and some quality runners, such as Speed and Style, Time Raid and Black Wand, and it is hard seeing him knocking these runners off. 

Jockey watch

It was good to see Aaron Bullock with six rides at Muswellbrook yesterday, with the talented hoop even riding as low as 58.5kg. 

The Singleton based jockey has one ride at Hawkesbury on Saturday and three rides at Kempsey on Monday. 

Bullock must believe Time Raid is a big chance in the 1400m Benchmark 68 Handicap at Hawksbury to take just the one ride.

The Jason Deamer runner has good first up form, with a win and two placings from three starts. 

Gate six should suit, and with some early pace in this race, Time Thief should be hitting the line well.