Wilson prepares three-pronged attack on Inverell Shorts

Ridge Wilson with Blue Sky Moon. Photo – Bradley Photos.

Ridge Wilson will prepare a three-pronged attack on the Inverell Shorts today (Monday).

Racing on his home track on New Year’s Day, the Inverell trainer has three horses set to go around in the $30,000 sprint (1050m) with Timely Bel (Braith Nock), Hiraishin (Luke Rolls), and Blue Sky Moon (Cassey Williams) representing the stable. 

In an open event, Sue Grills will start the favourite in Small Town (Chelsea Hillier, $3.10). 

For Wilson, Timely Bell ($5.50) appears to be the stable’s best chance, with the seven-time winner getting in nicely with gate four and Braith Nock’s two-kilogram claim. 

The seven-year-old has won on the track and in the heavy going, which will suit as Inverell was a heavy ten at the time of publishing. 

Wilson has only had the Bel Esprit mare for two starts, but she has been racing well, winning at Moree (950m) in November before finishing third to Golden Point in last month’s Armidale Newmarket. 

Blue Sky Moon ($6.50) is an interesting commodity, with the seven-year-old untried on a heavy track.

The six-time winner likes a rain-affected track, winning five times on a soft track, and the Puissance De Lune gelding is racing in great form.

She’s won two of her four starts for the yard and one from two since returning from a 29-week spell.

Former Rodney Northam galloper Hiraishin rounds out Wilson’s chances. 

A four-time winner, the five-year-old won a 1280m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Muswellbrook in November and finished second at Quirindi before Wilson took over the training duties. 

His only run for the stable was a sixth-placed effort at Texas, and he will need to be a little better than that to win this event.

On Inverell’s big day, the $45,000 Inverell Cup and $50,000 Super Maiden headline the eight-race showcase program. 

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Inverell tips 

Race1: 7 Evasive Nature $1.35

Race 2: 1 Friar’s Destiny $5

Race 3: 9 The Affirmative $5.50

Race 4: 8 Flying Banjo $8.50

Race 5: 2 Hallowed Son $7

Race 6: 4 Small Town $3.10

Race 7: 5 Cassia Lane $9.50

Race 8: 5 Pull The Tail $3.30