Groth chasing early Christmas present at Moree

Gavin Groth will take a big team to Moree on Saturday. Photo: Peter Hardin.

Gavin Groth will send a big team to Moree on Saturday with six gallopers engaged to race on what looks a very good six-race Christmas Twilight program. 

The Gunnedah stable looks primed for a big day, with four runners well in the markets. 

According to bookmakers, Groth’s best chance arrives in race six – the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap – with the in-form Danspur (Maddy Owen) the $2.10 favourite. 

The eight-year-old is a winner of six races and has been running well of late, winning a much tougher 1600m Class Three Handicap at Coonabarabran back in October before a solid second placing at Warren in a 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap last week.

Danspur was originally allotted 65kg by the handicappers but will carry 63kg after Owen’s 2kg claim. 

In the same race is Bring The Joy, which is currently a $17 chance with Casey Waddell in the saddle.

The seven-year-old is also a winner of six races and will carry 59.5kg after Waddell’s 1.5kg claim. 

Groth boasts a few maidens with big chances on the Moree program, and in the opening event – the 1600m Class One/Maiden Plate – Bacari (Casey Waddell) is a $5 commodity and Big Tripper (Maddy Owen) will run around as one of the outsiders and is currently rated an $81 chance. 

Bacari has managed back-to-back third placings at Tamworth and Quirindi last month, finishing strongly over 1300m and 1450m respectively, and the mile trip looks to suit her chances on Saturday.

In the second event, Moonlight Princess (Brooke Stower) is a having her second race start and her first start for the Groth stable in the 950m Maiden Handicap. 

The former Victorian finished last on debut when racing at Cranbourne in a 1000m Maiden Handicap back in March, and she returns here following a lengthy 267-day spell.

The three-year-old opened an $18 chance and has been specked in the market, firming into $12.

The last of Groth’s maidens to race at Moree is Vista Girl (Maddy Owen) and the five-year-old is a $4 chance in the 1300m Maiden Plate. 

The Zoustar mare has placed three times in 22 starts, although she has been thereabouts in recent starts, including a last-start fourth when only beaten 1.4 lengths in a big field at Warren.

It shapes to be a massive day for Groth and the Moree Race Club. 

Gates open at 12pm with racing kicking off at 2pm, and with over $3000 in prizes on offer in fashions on the field, a strong six-race-program, and The Viper Creek Band playing music from after the last race until late, there is plenty on offer for punters and racegoers alike.