She hasn’t had much luck this preparation but there’s every reason to think Alison Smith’s Missy Rhythmos will find form again as she returns to her favourite stomping ground at Towac Park in Racing Orange’s opening meet of the season on Monday afternoon.
The seven-year-old has run for back-to-back seventh finishes after resuming from a 27-week spell, and will jump from barrier one third-up in the eighth and final race of Monday’s card, the Kitchens & Cabinets Benchmark 58 Handicap (1000 metres).
She’ll be fitter for those runs though, the last of which came at Hawkesbury a bit over a fortnight ago, and considering her formidable record at her home track she must be considered.
Simply, she loves the Orange course.
In her 23-start career five have come at Towac Park and she’s saluted in three of those, including her last two starts here, and run second and fourth in the other two.
The distance certainly suits too, she’s had five starts over the 1000-metre trip and won three of those as well, two at Orange.
She’ll face stiff competition on Monday afternoon, with the likes of Gary Portelli’s Showgals and Cam Crockett’s Merakai Miss both coming off strong second finishes.
Mark Milton’s Escebee drops in grade following a luckless run at Dubbo while Ribbon of Choice, trained by Orange’s Brian Gentle, ran well over this trip first-up last time in work, and is expected to do his best work late in the race.
Missy Rhythmos is one of three chances Smith will have running at Towac on Monday afternoon.
Panuara is jumping from barrier nine in the Orange Vet Hospital CL3 Handicap Heat of the Rising Star (1280m) while Arctic Warrior will look to back up a promising third last start in the seventh, the Epiroc Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
They’re three of a plethora of Towac-trained chances set to run.
Gentle has another handful of his own across the meet while Michael Plummer has accepted with five, Lee Van Den Bos has four and Brad Draper has one.
Draper’s lone chance is five-year-old Yarramin, which will jump from barrier 11 in the first of the day.
The mare is debuting in the maiden plate, and will be running without a trial under belt. The only trial run she has had was back in March, she ran sixth of seven at Orange.
Gates open at noon on Monday with the first – the McSigns Maiden Plate (1000m) – jumping at 1.20pm, the last starts at 5.35pm.
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