Victorian trainer, Craig Weeding, will make the six-hour round trip and venture to Tumut on Saturday, with border bubble restrictions easing, allowing him to race in NSW.
Weeding will only bring the one runner though, with Allout Stropie entered in the 1400m Class Two Handicap and the 1200m Class Two Handicap.
“We have nominated for both events but I think he will go to the Class Two as he is better suited to 1400m,” Weeding said.
Weeding was pleased that he could venture further north, after Victorian trainers were at one staged banned from competing in NSW due to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19.
“It’s good to be able to race at Tumut; there was a period there where the border was shut completely, then with the border bubbles, we could go to the real close tracks, but now we can go to Wagga, Tumut and some of those other tracks,” Weeding said.
The Wangaratta-based trainer has visited Tumut on two previous occasions, recording two seconds, with Choice Harvest finishing runner up in the Tumut Cup earlier this year.
Weeding thinks he can get his breakthrough Tumut win, with Allout Stropie stepping up from maiden class after a good win at Kerang on December 28.
“I ran second in the cup last year with Choice Harvest and I ran second with another horse called Good Verdict,” he said.
“I’ve only raced there twice and I think he (Allout Stropie) will go okay. He hasn’t had much luck, he had been caught wide in runs, and bad luck in the running. And at Kerang, it was an honest and genuine win.”
The four-year-old Albrecht gelding had struggled in previous events, but Weeding said they will try and ride him the same way.
“It’s not his fault. He has done nothing wrong. He was just getting caught wide, but at Kerang, we got a nice sit and he went to the outside and came home strongly, and we will look to do the same at Tumut,” Weeding said.
Having visited Tumut previously, Weeding said he will look for the right jockey to give his charge the best chance of a second consecutive victory.
“I think it’s a beautiful course, and it probably suits the forward horses, but you need to go with a jockey that knows the track,” Weeding said.
“I will put a senior jockey on but I will wait until acceptances before organising that.”
Allout Stropie will need some luck, as Weeding admitted he would be looking to get a sit in behind the leaders, instead of going to the front on the leader-biased Tumut course.
“I think it will be run along pretty quick, and we will take a sit behind them,” Weeding said.
“He has always shown ability, but he needs to step up from maiden grade and he will need an ounce of luck.”