Tumut trainer Kerry Weir will head to Wagga on Friday and Albury on Tuesday as he chases further Southern Districts success.
Weir believes the stable’s best chance of victory will be on the border with King Kong Cod set to contest the 900m Maiden Handicap.
The three-year-old, who had Kayla Nisbet on the saddle, hit the line strongly over the 1000m at Wagga last Friday when beaten only 1.5 lengths.
“His run at Wagga was enormous,” Weir said.
“Kayla came back and said he should have won.”
The O’Lonhro gelding is out of Konia, making him a full brother to talented sprinter Cattledog Cod, and Weir believes he has all the makings to be just as successful on the track.
“He is a full brother to Cattledog Cod, and we thought he was going alright, and she (Nisbet)
had big wraps on him when she came back,” Weir said.
King Kong Cod is still learning the rigours of racing, after missing the jump at Wagga, and Weir said he expected him to lead or go close at Albury.
“He jumped a bit early when the gates opened and missed the kick – it was a massive run,” Weir said.
“I don’t care where he draws at Albury – if he jumps, he should win.”
The Tumut stable also has consistent sprinter Deemed Corrupt entered for the 1000m Class Three at Albury, but Weir explained his galloper was one or two runs from his best.
“I reckon he needs one more run, he drew the outside barrier at Wagga, and they all kicked up under him, and it was still a good run,” Weir said.
“He just needs a run, that’s why I put him in a class three. I was already going to Albury, and I thought I would take him.”
Weir will be busy before his trip to Albury, with four runners engaged at Wagga on Friday and when asked about his best chance, the Southern Districts trainer was quick to respond.
“It would be Bouddi. It has taken him a couple of runs to get race fit,” Weir said.
“It was a good run the other day; he came from last to finish third and I think it will take a bit to beat him.”
Weir has employed the services of Jeff Penza, who is set to guide the six-year-old around in the 2000m Benchmark 66 heat of the Wagga Stayers Series.
“Jeff has ridden a few for us before, but I just wanted a very strong rider,” Weir said.
“He has a bad habit of not going early in his races this prep and he needs to go a bit harder, and you don’t get a much stronger rider than Jeff.”
Weir also has Touchable Witness going around in the 1400m maiden Handicap and Simon Miller has been booked for the ride.
“What he can do wrong, he does do wrong,” Weir said.
“He goes well at home, so we will put a bit of gear on him and put a new jockey on him.”
Old stager Foxlike looks well placed from gate five in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap, but Weir explained that a stop-start preparation hasn’t helped his galloper’s chances.
“He has had an interrupted prep, with the races being called off at Young, then being scratched at Albury,” Weir said.
“He is basically second up, but a softer track will help him.”
The stable’s final runner at Wagga arrives in the final race, with Cape Cluster gaining a start as an emergency in the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
The four-year-old has drawn gate six and Megan Creed takes the ride.