Queanbeyan trainer readies for Berrigan mission

Michael Sparrow well travel to Berrigan on Saturday. Photo: Lance Fearn.

Michael Sparrow has never been to Berrigan before, but the Queanbeyan trainer will make the 10-hour round trip on Saturday, searching for a winner or two. 

Sparrow will have Miss Cargo contesting the 1400m Maiden Handicap and The View taking on the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap, and it was the advice of veteran hoop Michael Heagney that led to Sparrow making the journey.

“If I’m being honest, I’ve never been there before and I’m going because the jockey (Heagney) thinks we will win,” Sparrow said. 

The horse Sparrow and Heagney believe will go well is The View, with the five-year-old fresh off a nice fourth placing at the Sapphire Coast.

“That was over 1200m, and he was strong, he is going up to 1400m and he needs more distance,” Sparrow said. 

“The jockey (Heagney) seems to think he will go well after his run the other day.”

The Host gelding is a former Victorian, winning twice in 15 starts, and after being scratched from Narrandera last week, Sparrow said his galloper was working well enough to put in a big showing at Berrigan.

“The horse has been working well. He was in a similar type of race at Narrandera the other week, but we had to scratch,” Sparrow said. 

“We thought he could win that day, and this race is about the same.”

The Victorian way of going won’t bother The View either, after he spent time in the Robert Hickmott and Rob Wellington stables before arriving with Sparrow.

“He came from Melbourne, so going the other way won’t worry him and the horse is feeling good, and he has been working well enough to win a race like this,” Sparrow said.

Brett Fliedner jumps on Sparrow’s second chance, Miss Cargo, in the 1400m maiden and Sparrow thought he would be more competitive racing at a non-TAB event.

It shapes to be a good day of racing at Berrigan, with the five-race-card attracting 51 acceptors. 

Unfortunately, the non-TAB meeting is only open to essential personnel, but Berrigan and District Race Club and NSW Country and Picnic Racing will post the finishes and results from each race and Southern Cross Bet will take bets on the meeting, giving trainers, owners and punters a chance to back their favourite ponies. 

Racing kicks off early at 11.30am and full fields can be viewed here