Can Kitty go back-to-back

Jody Hughes and Tearful Kitty will be aiming for successive Lockhart Picnic Cup wins on Friday. Photo: Trackpix Photography.

Tearful Kitty will be lining up to defend her Lockhart Picnic Races Town Cup on Friday when she steps out from gate four in the 1400m feature event. 
The six-year-old was too good for them in 2018, getting home to win by 0.35 lengths for the Trevor Sutherland Racing team.
The Choisir mare is two runs into this preparation after a lengthy spell that followed a grueling picnic and TAB racing preparation and she will need to lift on recent runs in this tough little event. 
The winner of nine races finished second last upon returning at Murrumbidgee Turf Club in August and then was seventh in the picnic championship final at Dubbo Turf Club, more than 10 lengths of the eventual winner, Gadfly. 
In a positive for connections, Jody Hughes gets back aboard after spending some time away from the track and the dynamic duo will hope to get back to winning ways.
It won’t be all smooth sailing for the Sutherland camp though with regular picnic rival Southern Gamble out to reign on their parade.
The pair came up against each other multiple times last season and Southern Gamble proved the victor each time.
Doug Gorrel‘s eight-year-old is another runner not really firing at the moment though with the Casino prince gelding finishing down the track last start at Grenfell Jockey Club.
The popular picnic cup winner will need to find something here and find it fast.
One runner who might surprise his more fancied competitors in this event is the Russell Green trained Nordic Noir.
The Magnus gelding only boasts three wins from 53 starts but has been racing consistently in recent times with placings in the Collie Cup at Gilgandra Jockey Club and the Loaded Dog at Grenfell. 
The eight-year-old jumps from gate five and will have the services of Steven Kehoe, who himself is coming off a Come by Chance Picnic Races Picnic Cup win last weekend. 
The young hoop will be making the 10-hour drive for just the three rides, including his cup chance.
“I’m confident, I reckon he (Nordic Noir) is a very good chance to win,” he said. 
“It will depends on how everything unfolds on the day but he will be right in it.”
Regardless of the outcome, there is no doubting that this is a very good little race and connections will be out to get some early points in the NSWPRA Picnic Championship series.