The Wangaratta-based trainer faces a race-free week in his home state, but he said it wasn’t a matter of stacking the one NSW meeting, explaining that it was more just an opportunity to race.
“It is just about getting runs for your horses with the wet conditions,” Dale said.
“It’s not a domination thing, it’s about getting runs for owners. We had missed runs the week before at Warrnambool, so it was just about a matter of getting horses on track.”
Dale will lead his charge with a five-pronged attack into the first event, the 1300m Maiden Plate, with Arrowhead (Nick Heywood), If You Say So (Blaike McDougall), Rasheed (Shaun Guymer), Speed Wheel (Kayla Nisbet) and Strawberry Swing (Bradley Vale) all racing.
If You Say So is the $4.20 third favourite and looks a big chance after running minor placings twice in his previous three starts, including a good last-start third at Albury.
Dale admitted Corowa was a convenient trip, but he elaborated that it suited his stable, with the course handling the wetter months at this time of year.
“It is probably 40 minutess drive from where we are, logistically it is a good venue to race at and the facilities and conditions are quite good,” Dale said.
“It has a sandy base, and it generally tends to be drying a bit quicker, and the Corowa region is flatter and dryer, so it handles the wetter months.”
Dale believed he had a handful of good chances at a meeting that would garner the attention of many Monday punters.
“I think we have a few great chances on the day. Mescaminto in race five is our best for the day,” Dale said.
“We have good chances in races one and two and in the last, both Chairman’s Choice and Volere have excellent each way chances – both have form on a heavy track, and both are right in the race at good odds.”
Racing at Corowa jumps at 12.55pm and punters can click here for full fields and odds.