Scorse locked in for Gundagai expedition

Patrick Scorse will ride at Gundagai on Saturday. Image: Bradley Photos.

Patrick Scorse is embarking on a significant journey to Gundagai on Saturday. His mission? To secure his first win at the prestigious Southern Districts racecourse.

Initially based in Canberra, Scorse frequented the track as a youngster but could not break through for a win. 

On a busy four days, Scorse is riding at Tamworth today (Friday), Dubbo on Sunday, and Gunnedah on Monday, but will trek from his Wyong base to Gundagai for three rides on Saturday. 

The 25-year-old will be presented with two live chances for Cowra visitor and in-form trainer Maree Hopkins. 

His first assignment is aboard Special Prophet from gate seven in 1180m Maiden Plate.

The three-year-old Divine Prophet gelding is first-up from a 17-week spell, but he showed enough earlier this year to suggest he will be in with a big chance at Gundagai. 

Narrowly beaten when running third at Bathurst first-up over 1100m back in February, Special Prophet caught the idea when finishing strongly from last to finish fourth, beaten two lengths by Arctic Design at Cowra in March. 

Stablemate Mystic Flame is another good chance for Scorse, but she has drawn the car park (gate 16) in the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

Four starts back, she won at this distance and in this grade at Warren on April 20. In her last start, she shaped as the winner before holding on for third in the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Narrandera earlier this month.

The wide draw is a concern but if Scorse can navigate a good run, they have a big chance of winning an open event. 

Scorse also jumps aboard a former Victorian, now trained by Darryl Rolfe, when Kulkyne makes her NSW debut at Gundagai. 

Previously trained by Mitch Freedman, the three-year-old wasn’t too far away, finishing fifth and beaten four lengths at Werribee earlier this month, and she might be one to follow first-up for Rolfe in the 1000m Maiden Handicap. 

Gundagai’s Sky 2 meeting has been well-supported, with 79 acceptors for the six races.

Despite the recent cool weather, Gundagai is rated a soft six, and gates open at 11.30 am ahead of their first race at 12.56pm.

The club’s dining room and bar are operating, while local bookmakers and TAB facilities will be available.