While Michael Plummer is Orange’s sole hope at Bathurst’s Tyers Park on Friday, Hawkesbury trainer Scott Singleton will be gunning to continue his stable’s success at the Bathurst track – only this time he’s out for revenge as well.
Singleton’s filly Caper takes on the Benchmark 60 Handicap (1,100 metres) in a bid to take down the horse which previously bested her at the Bathurst track.
That runner is Magic Missile, trained by Warwick Farm’s Bjorn Baker.
Magic Missile finished two lengths clear of Caper, which came home third, but now the weights rise in her favour.
The gap in weight between the two runners will extend by 1.5kg and will play a big role in helping Caper try and chase down her opponent.
“She does most things right and she should be right up there on the speed,” Singleton said.
“She’s only a three-year-old filly, so she’s still learning, but she only finished two lengths behind the favourite.”
Another of Singleton’s runners to watch at the Bathurst meeting will be Court Victory.
The veteran runner is the top weight for the day’s highest-graded race, the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1,300m).
“He has been struggling a little bit, probably because he shot up through the handicapping so quick during his last preparation,” he said.
“I think he looks good in this and it the track should perfectly suit him.”
Court Victory wasn’t far away when he picked up back-to-back third placings before running a disappointing eighth in his latest start at Goulburn.
She does most things right and she should be right up there on the speed.Scott Singleton
Singleton said the eight-year-old can hit back at Tyers Park.
“Goulburn doesn’t really suit him, so going off those couple of runs beforehand I think he should be right in this,” he said.
“He is getting a bit long in the tooth but he’s still sound as a bell.”
Plummer has Bathurstian in the fifth and Hoffa Express in the seventh.