Racing Orange’s penultimate meet of the season on Monday is set to provide punters with an early look at some “major chances” for next month’s Craig Jaques Surveyors Orange Cup (2100m), executive officer Gav Pilossof says.
Appropriately, the feature of Monday’s meet is called the Ecoscapes Orange Cup Prelude (1600m).
Wyong trainer Alan Kehoe’s Get On The Grange, which will carry the top weight, comes into the seven-race meet with good credentials, running second in the Taree Cup last preparation before claiming third in the Group 3 Wyong Cup.
Racing Orange’s executive officer also highlighted Bathurst Cup prelude winner Hirokin, and last-start place-runners Kingtantes and Foursome as big chances in Monday’s feature.
“The race will be a very good pointer for the Orange Cup over 2100m on April 7, as it may be the last start hit-out for some runners before that race,” Pilossof explained.
[Monday] may be the last start hit-out for some runners before [the Orange Cup].
As usual there is excellent representation from the Sydney stables including Bjorn Baker, Greg Hickman, David Payne, Gary Portelli, Malcolm Johnston and also from numerous strong provincial stables.
“Local trainers will be well represented on Monday with a strong number of runners,” Pilossof said.
Alison Smith is represented by Strada Prince who ran a nice fourth last start at Towac.
Lee Van Den Bos, fresh from her success at Wellington with Diamond Costa, will have Belfrey Bat – the winner of five starts returning from an injury-enforced lay off. Brad Draper will have the three runners.
Tulumba will have his second career start and Yu Jin and In Our Sights will run too, both had encouraging fourth-finishes at the Wellington Boot Carnival last weekend.
Michael Plummer will have three runners in the XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1000m) including Birdie Brown, Sovereign Default and first starter Ephriam, Billesse will also go around in the third race over 1400m and Royal Abbey is resuming from a spell in the Inland Digital Class 1 Handicap (1300m).
The first race on Monday will be at 1.55pm and there will be free entry for the bumper, seven-race TAB meeting card.