TWEED River Jockey Club is hoping two locally trained horses can seize success in Saturday’s $1.3million Kosciuszko (1200m) at Randwick heading into Tuesday’s seven-race TAB meeting at Murwillumbah.
The Matt Dunn-trained Care To Think and Snitz will both run in Saturday’s inaugural Kosciuszko, a race for country-trained horses only and a major support race to the $13million Everest.
While the likes of last year’s winner Redzel, Trapeze Artist international star US Navy Flag match up in the Everest Care To Think and Snitz fly the flag for the TRJC and the powerful Matt Dunn stable.
“It’s great publicity for us and Matt,” TRJC secretary manager Leanne Manning said today.
“Great that a horse can be trained here and start in a race like the Kosciuszko. Great for everyone, for Matt and his owners and their staff. They put a lot of time, effort and money into their horses and it’s a great reward for them.”
Leanne Manning said Care to Think and Snitz had a special gallop at Murwillumbah this morning before “heading off to Sydney soon”.
“Hopefully they race well Saturday.”
Care To Think has 59kg and Snitz will carry 57kg in the Kosciuszko while stablemates – Tristan De Angel, Thunderous Strike, Mediterranean and Saxton Rock – have all been nominated in the $100,000 TAB Highway Handicap (1400m) at Randwick as well.
Meanwhile, Leanne Manning is hoping for strong support for Tuesday’s Murwillumbah meeting when nominations close at 11am tomorrow.
“The track is a Soft 7 at the moment,” she said.
“We’ve had 36 and a half millimetres the last two days and we are forecast to get a little more but to be fine next week. we do need the rain but hopefully we won’t get too much more and we can upgrade the track.
“Hopefully we’ll get some good fields.”