Weir saddles up last-start winners at Wagga

The Kerry Weir-trained Crocodile Cod will be shooting for back-to-back wins in the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Wagga tomorrow.

Tumut trainer Kerry Weir will head to Wagga on Saturday with last-start winners Wicked Redoute’s (Simon Miller), Crocodile Cod (Brendan Ward) and Foxlike all entered to race. 

Wicked Redoute’s broke through as a maiden in the 1600m Class Two Handicap at Tumut on October 30 and drops back in class but jumps up in distance in this 1800m Class One/Maiden Handicap. 

The four-year-old Redoute’s Choice gelding certainly has ability and connections will hope the breakthrough win allows him to take the next step.

Crocodile Cod won the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Tumut and he steps up to a distance he likes in this race (9:2-2) and the sticky draw shouldn’t be a concern. 

The five-year-old has won in heavy conditions before and this looks a very winnable race for the Tumut galloper. 

Old stager Foxlike could also be running for Weir after being drawn as the second emergency in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

The eight-year-old turned back the clock last month at Tumut when winning the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap, and on his best form, he can figure in this race.

Foxlike has drawn the car park with gate 15 and Weir was yet to name a jockey at the time of publication. 

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Tumbarumba trainer Mont Waters has also entered one runner for Wagga on Saturday with Namarari set to race. 

Namarari looks an interesting commodity in the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

The five-year-old hadn’t shown a whole lot for his new trainer, finishing down the track for Waters in three starts following a move from the Andrew Dale stable. 

The Wandjina gelding was then put over more ground last start and found the front in the 1460m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Queanbeyan for apprentice Jess Del Frari before he was beaten 0.21 of a length by the Blake Fitzpatrick-trained Marcada (Richard Bensley).

The 1600m won’t be an issue, with Namarari having won between 1590-1600 three times before.

Connections had no luck with the draw though, landing gate 10, meaning apprentice jockey Molly Bourke will have to work hard to find a good position in the running. 

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Gundagai’s David Blundell has Thistledo racing at Canberra on Friday with the veteran sprinter set to contest the 1400m TAB Federal. 

The nine-year-old has drawn gate four and Adrian Layt is booked for the ride.

The Zariz gelding looked out of sorts at his last outing, finishing down the track to end up 10th, beaten 14.45 lengths in the $100,000 Snake Gully Cup.

The old stager is certainly capable, and he should find this a winnable race on his best form. 

Blundell will then team up with Kayla Nisbet at Wagga on Saturday with Power of Mandala contesting the 1000m Class Two Handicap. 

The eight-year-old – a winner of one race from 13 starts – is yet to fire any shots in four starts for the Gundagai trainer, finishing well down the track at Wagga, Albury, Cootamundra and Gundagai this preparation. 

The locally trained galloper has drawn wide (gate 7) in the small field, and it is yet to be seen if he can run.

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Todd Smart is all over the state in the coming days, racing at Canberra today, Kembla Grange tomorrow and the Sapphire Coast on Monday.

Honeysuckle Choice (Brendan Ward) will jump frim gate seven in the 1000m Benchmark 60 Handicap at Canberra and at the same time comes up against the Tumbarumba owned and Wagga trained Lennox Road (Amy McLucas) that jumps from gate three for Russell Steiner. 

Smart than has Washington Towers racing at the provincials on Saturday when jumping from gate three in the 1000m Benchmark 64 Handicap.

The shorter distance will suit the talented Gundagai owned and Canberra trained galloper and top apprentice Dylan Gibbons has been booked for the ride. 

At the Sapphire Coast, Arcadia Power (Damon Budler) jumps from gate six in the 1612m Mate Plate. 

The four-year-old is yet to win in nine starts but the extra ground should suit the Pride Of Dubai mare that has been finding the line nicely in recent runs. 

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Gundagai trainer Jim Scobie has Bon’s Kingdom racing at Wagga tomorrow with the five-year-old contesting the 1200m Maiden Handicap for fillies and mares. 

The Bon Hoffa mare has Bradley Vale in the saddle and has drawn gate seven, and if she runs up to her third placing at Wagga two starts back, she is half a chance. 

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Tumut product and Queanbeyan based trainer Peter Korn will also be racing at Canberra with Uno Tops racing in the 1600m Class One Handicap. 

Jean Van Overmeire takes the ride and the six-year-old, that finished third at the Sapphire Coast three starts ago, should get a nice run from gate one. 

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Andrew Sheahan has Gypsy Dreamer jumping from gate one in the opening event at Wagga tomorrow, the 1200m Maiden Handicap for colts and geldings, with Mick Travers booked for the ride

The three-year-old showed a bit of pace two starts back before fading to finish seventh over the 1000m at Wagga.

Last start at Gundagai, the Dream Ahead gelding struggled in the heavy going, finishing 10th of 12 and beaten 15 lengths.

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The Ray Sanderson and Steve Shanahan owned Heza Gentleman is chasing back-to-back wins in town tonight when contesting the 1550m Benchmark 72 Handicap. 

The five-year-old – trained by Mitchell and Desiree Kearney – won this event at Canterbury on November 12, with Tyler Schiller leading all the way on the Nicconi gelding in the $50,000 event. 

Schiller has been booked again and from gate six, Heza Gentleman will get every chance to make it two on the trot.