They’re normally locking horns in neighbouring border battles, but Canberra and Queanbeyan stables can mount a joint sweep through Monday’s feature meeting at the Sapphire Coast.
It all starts with Queanbeyan three-year-old Le May, who is looking to break a string of placings in the opening Maiden Plate over a mile; before Exotic Deel looks primed to make it three straight in a Class 3 Handicap (1600m) for the Nick Olive yard.
The daughter of Dundeel can only improve rising in journey, and while this is her toughest graded test so far, she can lay claim for a Highway visit to the city if she wins this.
It gets tougher for a trio of Canberra stables in the third, with promising and well-bred Kembla filly Divine Breath well fancied returning off a smart trial win. But Queanbeyan’s Joe Cleary, fresh off four winners at his local Cup day meeting, seemingly has a mortgage on a BM66 Handicap (1000m) with tough sprinter Hard Core peaking third up off a strong closing run in the Thunderbolt; while front-running stablemate Concrete is out to make it two straight after easily leading all the way in a BM58 on that same day.