Michelle Russell might have a decent galloper in Citizen Scientist after it finished a handy fourth at Goulburn on Friday.
Ridden by Michael Heagney, the 100/1 shot found the line nicely and was beaten only 6.25 lengths in the 1000m Maiden Plate.
It definitely looks like The Brothers War gelding will get over more ground and it is unlikely punters will get 100/1 next time out.
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Tumbarumba’s connection to the thoroughbred industry continues to pay dividends for local followers and it was no different on Thursday with Sizzleonthebridge winning the 1150m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Leeton.
The Rodger Waters runner, which had apprentice hoop Heni Ede on board, was well tried in the markets before eventually paying $3.80 on the NSW tote.
Ridden just off the lead, Ede had the Sizzling gelding three and four wide on the home turn before running away for a comfortable victory.
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Adelong’s Jason Crampton had no luck with Soomaya at Leeton though after his filly was a late scratching in the 1050m Maiden Handicap.
The Mitchell Beer runner was found to be a little hard to handle when going to the barriers, the second time this has happened in three weeks.
All reports suggest the talented, although enigmatic Pride of Dubai filly is off for some barrier work before returning to racing.
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Crocodile Cod put in a decent performance in the 2000m Class One/Maiden Plate at Wagga on Sunday.
The Cluster gelding was taken forward by Simon Miller, sitting second on the outside of the leader for most of the race.
The three-year-old then peeled off the leader’s back before finding the front, only to be swamped late, finishing 0.59 of a length off the winner.
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The Tumbarumba trained Lennox Road could very well be off to the paddock after his effort in the 1400m Benchmark 58 event.
After starting a drifting $4.20 favourite, the Snippetson gelding missed the kicked before being stoked up to lead by Blaike McDougall.
The Graham Byatt runner still looked to get a soft sit in front, but faded in the final furlong, eventually finishing eighth and beaten 5.74 lengths.
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Steven Kemp had a good night at Temora Greyhounds on Sunday, leaving with a winner and second from two starters.
Kemp, who now resides in Wagga, won the first on the card with Egler, who found some luck to win the 330m Maiden to get home by three lengths in a time of 19.46 seconds.
Paying $7 on the NSW tote, Egler was able to sneak through on the rail underneath the two early leaders, who found trouble on the home turn.
Kemp went close to bookending the meeting with Lara’s Double finishing second, beaten only 0.75 of a length in the 457m fifth grade event.
The in-form bitch led from the inside draw but the eventual winner, Tiggerlong Pink proved just a little too strong in the finish.
Todd Smart has entered three runners for Moruya on Thursday with the former Gundagai trainer potentially running Divi, Miss Farloo and Our Volantis.
Divi, a former Tasmanian and Victorian sprinter, who boasts five wins and four placings from 14 starts, has been disappointing since moving to NSW, finishing down the track in four starts.
There is no denying the ability of this four-year-old Moshe mare but she will need to improve to be a chance in this 1010m Benchmark 66 event.
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Miss Farloo, who was a nice second at Wagga last time out, has been entered for a 1300m Benchmark 58 event.
The eight-year-old Zizou mare has been in decent form for Smart this year and depending on the barrier, she could figure in this race.
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Our Volantis could be the final Smart runner and she could be a smoky in this 1650m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
The recent Gundagai winner has been up in class in recent starts since her victory, contesting Benchmark 70 and Open events but should be suited to this type of race.
If connections draw well, the five-year-old Redwood mare could be worth following.
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Addocarr has been nominated for the 1200m Class One Handicap at Doomben on Wednesday.
The Tony Gollan trained four-year-old that is part owned by Tim O’Malley, was a little disappointing when resuming at Doomben April 22, finishing eighth and beaten 4.1 lengths in a 1200m Benchmark 62 event.
This is a drop in class for the Queensland runner, who will be second up in this preparation, so connections will be confident of a better showing.
Nick Souquet put a tough month behind him when winning aboard Chap’s Dream at Leeton on Thursday.
Riding for Mitchell Beer, Souquet took the Dream Ahead mare to the front before kicking away for an easy 3.24 length victory in the 1150m Maiden Handicap.
It was a good stable debut for the four-year-old, which was well supported at $1.80 on the NSW tote.
Souquet had no luck on his other runners at Leeton, finishing sixth and ninth on Rocky High and Spud respectively, while also missing a place on Spanish Poet in the 1200m Class Three at Wagga on Sunday.
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Aaron Bullock also disappointed followers after being a late withdrawal from his rides at Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Quirindi.
Interestingly, the popular hoop has been named to ride at Taree on today, potentially jumping aboard Rumpshaker for Nick Mitchell in the 1200m Class One Handicap and Son of a Brut for Aiden St Vincent in the 1400m Benchmark 66 Handicap.
It will be very interesting to see of Bullock goes on to take these rides, or if he is a late withdrawal again.
Jodhpur… Not the punters friend
You would think boasting two wins and seven placings from 10 starts would make you a pretty popular commodity amongst punters.
That isn’t the case for the Tim Donnelly trained Jodhpur though, with the four-year-old gaining the unsavory reputation of being a good thing beaten when starting favourite.
The Poet’s Voice gelding, owned by local thoroughbred enthusiasts Jill Nivision and Sandy Tait, was again up to his old tricks again on Sunday, finishing third in the 1200m Class Three at Wagga after starting the popular $3.30 favourite.
Coming from off the pace, jockey Kayla Nisbet was boxed in, before finding room and storming home to be beaten only 1.27 lengths.
Funnily enough, the Wagga runner has started favourite eight times in 10 starts, only winning on one of those eight occasions.
“You can’t blame the caller or the punters, he should’ve won yesterday and he probably should’ve won last start,” Donnelly laughed.
“It has been bad luck, you look at his record at 1200m and he has two wins, a second, third and a fourth and realistically, it should’ve been four wins over 1200m.”
The Wagga trainer admitted his racing style required some luck but believed they were slowly working him out.
“It has taken time to work him out, we thought he might stay at first but he seems to be a 1200m horse, he probably won’t even go 1400m,” Donnelly said.
“This horses (racing) pattern seems to be to get back on the strong pace and get home, so you always need an ounce of luck.”
Jodhpur is likely to have one more start and then go for a well-deserved spell before being aimed at some tougher races next preparation.
“He will go to Wagga on June 5th and he will have one more run this time in before going to the paddock,” Donnelly said.
“Then we might look at a TAB Highway next preparation, he probably isn’t hard enough for a race like that this preparation, he will get there and should come back bigger and stronger after the break.”
Visitors keep local trainers at bay
Visiting trainers had a field day at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Sunday, winning five of the races on the six-race-program.
The first event saw the stayers doing battle in the 1800m Benchmark 66 race and Wangaratta trainer Andrew Dale kept the locals at bay with Parliament.
The 2019 Coota Cup winner was well tried in the markets when backed from $11 into $4.60 and won accordingly, getting home by 0.61 of a length over the Trevor Sutherland pair of Jungle Book and Gentleman Max.
Apprentice hoop Tyler Schiller gave the five-year-old Crowded House gelding a beautiful sit just off the pace before powering away for victory.
Goulburn trainer Mark Gee was the next visitor in the winner’s circle when Goodradigbee won the 2000m Maiden Class One.
Ridden by Brendan Ward, the four-year-old Delago Deluxe gelding, which started a $4.80 favourite, stormed home to edge Tumut runner Crocodile Cod and Empires Collide.
Glorious Dream backed up her enormous effort on Wagga Gold Cup day to win the third event on the card, the 1200m Maiden Handicap for the fillies and mares.
The Mossman filly that is trained in Canberra by Luke Pepper, had Blaike McDougall on board and just proved too good for this field, streaking away for a comfortable 2.14 lengths victory, beating Miss Elsie May and Ahadi Farasi.
Trevor Sutherland put a run of placings behind him in the fourth event when Let’s Get Animal stormed home to win the 1400m Benchmark 58 event.
Danielle Scott jumped on board for a 4kg claim and punters were rewarded with $5.50 on the NSW tote as the Animal Kingdom gelding knocked off Moss The Boss and Riverbend Chief.
The penultimate event was the 1200m Class Three Handicap and punters came for half of the field, meaning there was plenty of vested interest.
The Nick Olive trained Acton Shale got the job done after drifting to $4.20, holding off Onthetake and Jodphur, who once again disappointed as the $3.30 favourite.
Ridden by Shaun Guymer, the Hinchinbrook gelding got home by 0.63 of a length and looks destined for a TAB Highway Handicap in the near future.
The last on the card was a 1400m Benchmark 58 event and country battler Peter Kirby made the trip from Forbes to win with Miss Charlie.
The four-year-old Myboycharlie mare was ridden by apprentice jockey Heni Ede and got home by 0.13 of a length over Milamoo and Away She Goes, paying $7.50 on the NSW tote.