In-form Raging Rush primed for Dubbo assignment

Jake Pracey-Holmes will ride the Clint Lundholm-trained Raging Rush at Dubbo on Friday. Image: Bradley Photos.

According to Clint Lundholm, it’s the right race at the right time for Raging Rush, which will take on the 1100m Benchmark 82 Handicap at Dubbo on Friday.

Jake Pracey-Holmes will ride the last-start winner, which he guided to victory in the Quirindi Lightning Handicap (1100m) on February 23. 

In that race, the pair were drawn nicely in gate four, and they worked hard for the lead before running their rivals ragged and holding on gamely for a good victory in the $40,000 feature. 

Following his good win, the four-year-old has started 14 times for five wins and two minor placings, earning connections over $120,000. 

With next month’s $50,000 Wellington Town Plate in the back of his mind, Lundholm said Friday’s race at Dubbo was the perfect stepping-stone. 

“I honestly didn’t see the Benchmark 82 race here, and it was something we found when we were flicking through,” Lundholm told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“It’s a good race for him, being a mid-70 rater, and it’s a great lead-up race towards Wellington.

“He is owned by a fair few blokes at Wellington who are involved with the race club, and the main goal is to get him to the (Wellington) Town Plate. 

“He’ll start at Dubbo and go to the Town Plate, and it will be good for the locals to have a runner in one of their feature races.”

Lundholm said the aggressive front-running style of Pracey-Holmes suited his gelding, and he hopes the pair can combine for another victory.

“He’s not a very big horse, and Jake can be a bit aggressive on him, and the other day he kept finding under a bit of pressure, so Jake suits him well,” Lundholm said. 

A $19,000 purchase from Mane Lodge at the 2021 Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale, the Sooboog gelding that is out of Fiery Redhead, has been a good pick-up, and Lundholm believes he has a lot more to offer. 

“He’s been a good buy, and he did a good job to knock off that feature at Quirindi,” Lundholm said. 

“Everything being equal, he’ll be right for all those good country sprints later in the year and maybe a mid-weeker down the track, but he’s come back in good order this preparation, and he’s proving to be consistent in open company races.”

Lundholm will have a big team of runners on his home deck on Friday and pointed towards Raging Rush as his best chance of landing a win. 

“I think it’s him; I can’t fault him,” Lundholm said. 

“He was stepping up to open company last time, and he ran really well, and fourth-up, and on his home track, I think he will be hard to beat again.”

It will be an eight-race program at Dubbo, and the Benchmark 82 sprint headlines what should be a good day’s racing.

The final fields will be available later today.