Dale sets two-pronged attack on Balranald Cup

Andrew Dale will race at Balranald and Ardlethan on Saturday, with nine horses in action across the two meetings.

Andrew Dale and his team will be busy on Saturday, with nine runners in action across the Balranald non-TAB and Ardlethan picnic meetings. 

With six in action at Balranald, Dale said it was the first time he was attending the meeting, and he appears to be set up for success in the Elders Swan Hill Balranald Cup, with the in-form pair of Eamonn’s Memory (Hannah Le Blanc, gate 8) and Legal Zou (Bradley Vale, gate 5) contesting the $14,000 feature. 

“It’s a good race, and I think Austy Coffey’s horse (Bannerton) is the one to beat, but we will go there confident our horses can figure,” Dale said. 

“It’s that time of the year, where there are lots of smaller country cups, and they are always good days, and we will go to Balranald and try and get a result.”

Legal Zou will arrive at Balranald with good Country Cup form, having won the 1400m Benchmark 60 Finley Autumn Cup at Berrigan last start. 

“He was good last start, and to be honest, he is probably unlucky not to have won his last three,” Dale said.

“I took him out to Carrathool, and because I own him, I can take him wherever I want, and he travelled a bit wide, and got held up at a crucial time and still ran second, and next start he put almost put a PB (personal best) effort in for us when winning at Berrigan.”

Eamonn’s Memory has been the stable’s big improver, with the four-year-old progressing from a dominant Class Two victory at Tumbarumba in January, to running back-to-back second placings in the Tumut and Carrathool Cups last month before finishing third to Legal Zou at Berrigan in the Finley Autumn Cup on March 4.

“He’s got some good form around him, and he ran a good second to Jack’s All Magic in the Tumut Cup, and it ran in the Country Championships, and then he came out and ran second in the Carrathool Cup,” Dale said. 

“He should have won by a length or so at Berrigan, but he rolled off the track and consequently, he had to trial at Corowa to get his ticket back.

“The Balranald Cup looks the ideal sort of race of him, and Legal Zou.”

It will be a good day at Balranald, with the lush Southern Districts racecourse currently a good four, and ready for he always-popular six-race non-TAB meeting. 

With the day doubling as Golden Slipper day at Rosehill Gardens, there’s sure to be a good crowd on course too.

Gates open at 11am, entry into the course is $20, and there will be live music and kid’s entertainment. 

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Dale ventures to Ardlethan

While he won’t be in attendance, Andrew Dale has three racing at Ardlethan on Saturday, with Tim Grace riding Reckless Bay in the 1600m Class One Trophy, Smokin’ Soldier in the Ardlethan Picnic Cup, and Shadow Colour in the 100m Open Trophy Handicap. 

“There all have really good chances, and they are all horses we own, and similar to Legal Zou, I can take them there knowing that I can have a throw at the stumps, and if I get a result, it’s really good,” Dale said. 

Smokin’ Soldier looks very well placed in the Ardlethan Cup, and Dale believes his five-year-old is drawn to figure. 

“I think he has got an excellent chance, and I think Namarari leads and he gets a beautiful run into it, and at some stage we put some pressure on him, and hopefully get the win,” Dale said. 

“It should be a good day, and I think the other two at the meeting look to be well-placed in their respective races.”

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