Victorian sets sights on Marthaguy excursion

Wangaratta trainer Russell Green will head to Marthaguy on Saturday.

Wangaratta trainer Russell Green doesn’t mind a road trip, and he’ll often find himself on racing excursions all over Victoria and NSW.

On Saturday, Green makes the 1520km roundtrip from his Victorian base to Quambone for the annual Marthaguy Picnic meeting, and he’s looking forward to the journey. 

“It’s not that far. You say eight hours, but down here, we travel up to five hours to race every week, so eight hours is not an issue,” Green said. 

“I’ll leave the day before, stop at Parkes, give them an overnight stay there, and head to Quambone the next day.

“The place has been good to me; the last time I was there, I won two races.”

Green will have two in the float, with San Mauritz set to contest either the O’Brien Winter Partners Marthaguy Picnic Cup (1400m) or the Earth n Beauty 1400m Class One Trophy, while recent addition Ready To Chase will take on the Qube Logistics 800m Class Three Trophy Handicap. 

Other races on the card include the Graincorp Community Foundation 1100m Maiden Plate, Dubbo City & Gilgandra Toyota 1100m Class B Handicap, and the Quambone Community Sprint & Elwyn Andrews Memorial 800m Class Three Trophy. 

San Mauritz is a one-time winner from 20 starts, but he’s a consistent type, placing on a further nine occasions. 

The five-year-old will go to Quambone fresh from a fast-finishing second in the 1400m Class Two Handicap at Denilquin on Anzac Day, and Green is expecting a bold showing on Saturday. 

“We might go to the (Marthaguy) Cup, but I’ll wait until Thursday to see what’s in that race; otherwise, we’ll take him there for the Class One,” Green said. 

“It gives him a chance to strike up a win; he’s a pretty handy horse, and he should have won at Deniliquin the other day, but that’s another story. 

“He’s been racing in tougher company and should go well.”

Ready To Chase is an interesting runner, with the five-year-old a 37-start veteran of three wins and 11 minor placings. 

Formerly trained by Tony Ball at Taree, the Better Than Ready gelding has been competitive in Benchmark 66 grade, and while he is out of form, Green hopes his galloper’s class prevails at Quambone. 

“He is having his first start for me, and he is a nice looking, big strong horse that looks the part, but whether he’s got the running ability, I don’t know,” Green said. 

“At trackwork this morning, he worked beautifully. It’s too early for me to indicate what I think of him, but he’s back in class and should get in nicely.”

Nominations for the Marthaguy meeting are outstanding, with 58 entered for the six-race program, and there will be $300 paid to the most successful trainer and $200 to the most successful jockey. 

As a result, a good array of picnic hoops are currently locked in to ride at the meeting, while off track, there will be market stalls, fashions on the field, Bar and Canteen facilities, a free luncheon, free camping, and entertainment for the kids.

Live Music will follow at The Quambone Sundowner – Hotel – Motel, with the band JustUs keeping patrons entertained.

For more on the race day, click here.

For Mathaguy’s nominations, click here.