Perennial placegetter, Deemed Corrupt, could have local trainer Kerry Weir off to the best possible start at Tumut Turf Club’s Ray White Mile meeting on Saturday.
The four-year-old that has placed seven times in 16 starts, draws gate one in the opening event, the 1000m Maiden Plate, and local hoop Megan Creed will be tasked with the job of leading all the way on the Krupt gelding.
“That is what he needed, he needed to draw a good barrier,” Weir said.
“We can now get on the fence, so he is not sitting outside someone, and hopefully he just leads all the way.”
Weir said tougher than usual runs of late meant Deemed Corrupt had just missed out on a breakthrough maiden win, with the little speedster beaten 0.11 of a length at Tumut on Boxing Day, and 1.81 lengths at Gundagai on New Year’s Day.
“The last two runs, he was stuck out wide, and couldn’t find the rails and he had to work a little too hard,” Weir said.
“They were good runs, but he should get the box seat run on Saturday.”
Weir didn’t want to declare him his best bet though, after disappointing local punters in the past.
“I’ve said he was a certainty I don’t know how many times, so I can’t declare him again,” Weir laughed.
“Look, he is racing well, and he has to be going close.”
In the same 1000m Maiden Plate, White Emperor looks a chance on his best form, but could be more suited to 1200m to 1400m races down the track.
Kerry Weir believed his best chance of the day came in race two, the 1400m Maiden Handicap, with Bordello drawing gate eight and the services of his stable jockey.
“He is the best bet out of all mine,” Weir said.
“His last run at Gundagai was enormous, he has been working brilliant and he just worked the house down.”
The former Trevor Sutherland runner was a by-chance pick up for Weir, and he said the fiery four-year-old had settled into the stables nicely.
“He is one of Trevor’s old horses, the bloke that owns Southwest Stockfeed has got him and gave him to us,” Weir said.
“He was a bit of a handful at first, but he has started to settle and might turn out to be half decent.”
Weir will also take on the 1600m Tumut Mile, with Crocodile Cod drawing nicely with gate three.
“This is his first crack at open company, but he should be a chance, he has won at the track and that has to be a bonus,” Weir said.
The four-year-old Cluster gelding is a mountain of a horse, but surprisingly handled the tight-turning Tumut course on Boxing Day, winning over the 1600m journey and Weir believes that holds him in good stead for the toughest assignment of his career.
“When he won here the other day, he was set for this race,” Weir said.
“I think he is capable of being an open class horse over 2000m but he can still win this; it means a lot that he can handle the track, and he should go pretty close.”
Weir also has Billo Road entered in the 1400m Class Two Handicap, but he will likely be scratched and set for Wagga.
Tumut Tips, trials and tribulations
The second running of the Ray White Tumut Mile will headline a strong six-race TAB program that has attracted 58 acceptances, and some of the region’s best trainers and jockeys.
Race 1 – Tumut and Adelong Times 1000m Maiden Plate
The first event on the card is the jump and run 1000m dash, and it is hard to look past the Kerry Weir trained, Deemed Corrupt, that has been knocking on the door of a maiden win in recent starts.
Megan Creed is in the saddle and from gate one, there will be no excuses for the Krupt gelding.
Thuwaaney will likely get back a little bit, but is due for a win and could be rocketing home here if there is a hard and fast early speed battle, while Dave Blundell’s Words Unspoken is improving every run and is a good each way bet.
It could pay to follow the betting moves for Pippin from the Todd Blowes stable, who could be a smoky.
Race 2 – Read Plumbing 1400m Maiden Handicap
Fire Shadow put in an enormous run at Forbes last start, when stuck three-wide early, before eventually finding the lead in the 1400m maiden.
The four-year-old tired, but draws gate four here in this seven-furlong event, and with Blaike McDougall in the saddle, he could get a nice sit out in front and be too strong for them.
Alpha Lane for Doug Gorrel will be pushing forward too, and is capable of winning this race, while Kerry Weir’s Bordello should run a good race for connections and Curioso for Dave Blundell should be thereabouts again.
Race 3 – Tumut Toyota Class Two 1400m Handicap
The third race on the card is another seven-furlong event and Idle Fancy draws well with gate five for Darrell Burnett.
The four-year-old was super impressive when cantering in for a 3.1 lengths win at Gundagai on New Year’s Day and the jump up to 1400m will only suit the Wagga galloper
Intercontinental for Doug Gorrel will likely lead them along from gate three, but the 1400m could be a touch too far right now, while Ramachandra, Soviet and Manhattan Zip will be thereabouts and should be included for exotic players.
Race 4 –Ray White 1600m Tumut Mile
The feature race of the day arrives in the fourth event, and the 1600m trip will surely test out these gallopers.
This looks a race in five, but likely favourite, Charlie Royal, started in the Moruya Cup on Thursday. and would easily be the horse to beat, but might be scratched, or on the very short back up.
The Gary Colvin pair of Bravado Lass and The Chaplain will both run good races, with the latter of these two already proven at the track and distance.
The top weight, Intueri for Doug Gorrel would be a chance on his best form, but he has been running poorly of late, while local favourite, Crocodile Cod looks a big chance, but the question will be whether he handles the rise in class.
A smoky could be Tickinover, who is a track specialist, draws gate one and ran well over the 1600m last start at Gundagai.
Race 5 – Club Tumut 1200m Class One Handicap
The penultimate event is the very open 1200m Class One Handicap and the Mitchell Beer trained Shadow Company looks well placed.
The noted on-pace runner draws off the track, and Jordan Mallyon will likely have to go forward.
Tough James was a good last start winner at Gundagai, but draws horribly with gate nine and Blaike McDougall will have a lot to do.
Nessledo is hard as nails and has been thereabouts lately and needs respect, while Bouris was disappointing last time out at Gundagai, but is more than capable on previous form.
Race 6 – Sturt Thoroughbreds 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap
The last on the card is the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap, which will no doubt be another jump and run affair.
The locally owned Euro Rhythmic for Norm Gardner is racing and draws well with gate five and attracts the services of Brendan Ward.
Expect the four-year-old to run them along, but she could be paddling with 50m to go.
Force Awakens was a great second here two starts back, and will run a sneaky race from gate one.
Danetree Belle was a good last start winner at Gundagai, and gets the services of Blaike McDougall, while Guiltless and Bad Obsession are never too far away.