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Canterbury the first stop on country road for championships hopefuls

Al Mah Haha led in a Burleigh quinella, with Bocelli, in the Sera qualifier last year – beating eventual final winner Noble Boy into fourth place. The Goulburn trainer said her five-year-old returns in great shape.

“We elected to give him a good rest and he’s come back bigger and stronger, a big happy horse and we’re really looking forward to seeing how he goes this prep,’’ she said.

“He ran so well in the heat at Goulburn and you couldn’t not go back and have another shot. What happened in the final was really unfortunate. Hopefully this year we can tick that box and go on to bigger and better things.’’

Nowra hosts the Sera qualifier for the first time in 2020 on February 16, so Burleigh will assess after Wednesday’s race whether Al Mah Haha has another run or heads straight to the 1400m.

Albury trainer Mitchell Beer has an extra week up his sleeve with Logan River so he’ll definitely attack the Southern Districts heat on February 22 third-up on his home track.

Logan River has won four races for the Beer stable since he was picked up as a tried horse and spearheads the popular trainer’s championships bid.

“He’s a lot more settled this time in, we worked on him late last prep to test him over 1350m and he was pretty strong on the line,’’ he said. “I think he has come back as a 1400m horse but he tends to run really well fresh. He’s a good each-way chance first-up but his big target is third-up at Albury.’’

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