In one of the more competitive editions of today’s feature Bengalla Cup at Muswellbrook, a seven-year-old gelding from up the highway at Tamworth is ready to roar back into the winner’s stall.
Under The Thumb, which is still lightly raced from the Sue Grills stable, is second-up and ideally drawn in today’s feature over 1280m, with leading country hoop Greg Ryan booked to ride.
In an open race where tactics and tempo will have a big say, Under The Thumb can settle back in the pack with cover and be produced for one barnstorming run down the long Muswellbrook straight. He looks one of the better value bets on the seven-race card.
There’s plenty of live challengers, headed by super consistent six-year-old Gulgong gelding Sugar Dance, who boasts a near 33 per cent winning strike rate from 22 starts and comes back from stronger metro company. Local six-year-old gelding Cosmic Reign also returns from a metro run after a narrow benchmark 64 win at big odds the previous start.