A big two days of racing awaits Tumut trainer Kerry Weir, who will travel to Gundagai on Saturday and Wagga on Monday, and he is confident of landing a winner or two.
“We should go okay, we have a couple of good chances,” Weir said.
At Gundagai, Weir has maiden galloper Magic Design jumping from gate 9 in the 1000m Maiden Handicap and Brendan Ward in the saddle.
In the 1700m Benchmark 50 Handicap, Bouddi also has Ward in the saddle and jumps from gate eight, while Cape Cluster is the third emergency and has drawn gate 16.
The Tumut trainer’s final chance arrives in the last race, the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap, with Deemed Corrupt currently drawn as the third emergency.
Mick Travers is booked for the ride and connections have drawn gate 16.
“Bouddi is my best chance on his work, his work was brilliant on Tuesday,” Weir said.
Magic Design, who is only having her third career start, looks a chance with the four-year-old returning from a 27-week layoff.
“She will be hard to beat,” Weir said.
“Brodie Loy rode her in her first start and she flew up the straight, but she pulled up shin sore at her next start and has been out since.”
On Monday, Weir has another three runners engaged at Wagga and it will be King Kong Cod kicking off the stable’s day in the first event, the 1000m Maiden Handicap.
The full brother to talented sprinter Cattledog Cod has drawn gate two and the services of Adrian Layt.
“This fella is probably better than his brother,” Weir said.
“He has a good finishing burst and hopefully he will measure up to be a Championship horse next prep.”
Assuming he gets through his run at Gundagai, Bouddi will back up in the 2500m Benchmark 66 Handicap, drawing gate six and the services of NSW’s leading hoop Blaike McDougall.
“If he wins and pulls up alright, we will back him up at Wagga – that has always been the plan,” Weir said.
The feature race at Wagga is the $27,000 Battlers Cup, which is for Benchmark 50 Handicap horses over the 1300m journey.
The event was split after receiving a mammoth 61 nominations, and Foxlike has drawn nicely in race eight with gate three and the services of Jordan Mallyon.
“He is working well, he ran sixth the other day and it wasn’t a bad run,” Weir said.
“He is just a bit older and taking a while to get into his prep.”
It shapes to be a massive two race days for the Southern Districts with 96 acceptors for the six-race Gundagai card and 161 acceptors for the nine-race Wagga card.