Later in a wide open maiden over 1430m, four-year-old mare and former Victorian Play School, now with the Brett Dodson stable at Coffs Harbour, is primed to break through at good odds in her second start in NSW.
A daughter of under-rated sire Delago Deluxe from an Octagonal mare, Play School had eight runs on eight different Victorian tracks through 2019 and constantly threatened to break through before she headed north and found the home of the Big Banana and, judging by her strong closing first-up run on this track, she may have renewed her appetite to break the duck at her 10th start today.
Earlier, at a much different stage of their career, you know you’re going well when the day starts with your own celebration race. High-class local and Kosciuszko-bound sprinter Tarbert steps out in an open sprint (1020m) under a hefty 63kg as he applies the final touches for the trip to Randwick in less than three weeks.
Although back in trip in a small field doesn’t suit this powerful off-speed seven-year-old, Tarbert has a tonne of quality and comes off a terrific closing run behind Baller in a benchmark 78 at Randwick a few weeks back. City-based jockey Adam Hyeronimus makes the trip north to ride.