Kody Nestor prepares for hit and run Wagga Town Plate mission

Kody Nestor will have jailbreak and Sneak Preview contesting Thursday’s Wagga Town Plate. Photo: Amy McIntyre via Daily Liberal.

Kody Nestor will send two runners to Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday, with both Jailbreak and Sneak Preview set to contest the $200,000 Wagga Town Plate. 

The Dubbo gallopers look major players in the 1200m Quality Handicap, which has attracted the best sprinters in country NSW, while a sprinkling of interstate visitors add an element of class and intrigue to the always popular sprint race. 

Nestor explained that both of his runners were suited to the six-furlong trip, and that the $200,000 on offer was too hard to pass up. 

“With those sorts of horses, they are hard to place in the bush because of their high benchmarks, and with the $200,000 on offer at Wagga, we were always going to make the trip,” Nestor said. 

“It’s a hard enough race, but we have got two in it, they are in good condition and they are going as good as I could get them.”

Jailbreak will jump from gate three and has the services of Anthony Cavallo, who guided the four-year-old to a win at Canterbury on February 26, before a third in the Western Racing Association Country Championships qualifier at Coonamble on March 16. 

Most recently, the Rubick gelding finished third at Canterbury with Campbell Rawiller in the saddle. 

“It’s a good draw for him, he will be able to dictate where he wants to be and if they jump and let him go, he could even lead,” Nestor said. 

“That one of Mark Newnham’s (Marway), he has a bit of toe and should lead, so ideally we would be second, third or fourth and in with a chance at the finish.”

Sneak Preview is currently the first emergency, and Nestor is confident his galloper will get a start in the final field of 16, naming Mathew Cahill to take the ride. 

The five-year-old is coming off an eye-catching third at Wagga last start, where he flashed home late to finish less than half a length off the winner, Magnavale, in the Town Plate Prelude. 

“He would be unlucky not to run,” Nestor said. 

“He is a horse that’s going terrific at the moment. He is a horse that needs a touch of luck and it will be interesting to see where he gets to from that draw.”

The Smart Missile gelding has drawn gate one, and with a bucket load of speed drawn to his outside, Sneak Preview could find a nice position in behind the pace before flashing home over the top of some tired legs. 

“The early pace really plays into his hands, he has a really good turn of foot off a genuine tempo,” Nestor said. 

“Looking at the race on paper, they should run a long at a decent clip and if they do, and if he gets into a nice spot, he will be hitting the line strongly.”

Nestor looks well placed whichever way the race pans out, and he couldn’t pick one of his gallopers to win over the other. 

“There’s not much between them – Jailbreak has a more genuine racing pattern and Sneak Preview needs a bit of luck but has that great turn of foot if he gets the breaks.”

The Wagga Town Plate headlines a huge eight-race-program for the Murrumbidgee Turf Club, which arrives of Thursday, the first day of the club’s two-day Wagga Gold Cup carnival.  

Gates open at 11am on both days and tickets are still available online