It might be Christmas Eve, but hard-working Bendemeer trainer Jane Clement will be as busy as ever when Santa comes to visit on Saturday, as she prepares for a big day of Boxing Day racing.
Clement will race at both Inverell and Quirindi on Sunday, and the in-form trainer will be hoping for a late Christmas present, with her sights set on the feature races at both Boxing Day programs.
At Inverell, He’s Our Toy Boy contests the 1200m Goodwood Cup with Brooke Stower in the saddle and Pink Wheels has Jarrod Woodhouse on board in the 1200m Maiden Plate.
He’s Our Toy Boy was a good winner at Tamworth three starts back, and most recently finished sixth of 11 and was only beaten 2.14 lengths in a 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Moree.
“He should go okay. I think the one of Todd Payne’s goes alright but he is always a hope,” Clement said.
“If the track doesn’t have any soft issues, he will be in it. He likes it hard and better than a six.”
Clement herself will travel to Quirindi with House Wins contesting the 2000m Murrurundi Cup.
Maddy Owen takes the ride on the eight-year-old that was a very good winner in the 1900m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Tamworth three starts back.
The Dubleo gelding finished a good third in the 1800m Diggers Cup at Inverell two starts ago and most recently finished 8th of 12 in the Armidale Cup that was ran at Tamworth over 1600m.
“I think I’m going to Quirindi, and we have old House Wins racing,” Clement said.
“He can run a really good race. I was really happy with his race in the Armidale cup that was run at Tamworth, but it was way too short for him.
“He is back in his own grade, and I think he will run a good race over the distance.”
Clement said she enjoyed racing on Boxing Day, with local racegoers set to be out in force at both Inverell and Quirindi.
“You generally get a good crowd and good atmosphere at these meetings, which is great,” Clement said.