Young Gai has a few running on Tuesday and Wednesday this week that might have pretty good chances. The Tulloch Lodge team is coming together pretty well heading towards the spring and this week will give us a chance to see a few up and comers. Both tracks will be extremely wet and maybe the races might not even go ahead. But if they do, have a look at these.
Tuesday – Newcastle
ECHO KING (Race 5, 3.50pm, 1400m, No. 4, rider Tommy Berry, 58.5kg). This colt is by High Chap and out of the former gun mare Mrs Maren. He is most likely (in a perfect world), heading towards the VRC Derby, but he has to start somewhere. The track will be very heavy at Newcastle tomorrow which should not bother him and all being equal his natural class should see him run pretty well.
CERTITUDE (Race 6, 4.25pm, 1400m, No. 2, rider Tommy Berry, 57kg). Not the best mare in the stable, but she is honest enough. Rough each way chance probably.
Wednesday – Canterbury
This track is Gai’s favourite and the Lady Trainer invariably has a few winners here every time they run. She has five horses in on Wednesday and all five are good winning chances. It will be a big day if they all win, but one or two will be more likely. Unfortunately I can’t determine which ones are the best chances, so back them all!
TIARE (Race 1, 1.33pm, 1200m, No. 12, rider Tim Clark, 55kg). A bit of a timid filly by the look of her, but she is flying. She has trialled ok once and really well once and she has always had plenty of admirers throughout the stable.
SHAFTESBURY (Race 2, 2.08pm, 1550m, No. 3, rider Tim Clark, 58.5kg). Backing up for the third week in a row and this is usually an indication of a horse that is going so well, the connections have no choice but to run it. This gelding loves the mile and although this race is over 1550m, the track will be wet and it will be a tough test.
HYDRO (Race 4, 3.18pm, 1900m, No. 1, rider Tommy Berry, 59kg). Loves the wet, is well bred and is absolutely killing them at trackwork. He was narrowly beaten first up and as long as he has not gone backwards, he will be extremely hard to get past on Wednesday.
ECHO GAL (Race 5, 3.53pm, 1100m, No. 6, rider Winona Costin (a3), 56kg). A gun filly that will be bowling along but she is unproven on the wet tracks. Gai would never scratch a horse based on the state of the track, so she will most likely be running, but it is just a matter of if she handles it. She has no weight with an inform apprentice aboard.
COUNTRYMAN (Race 7, 5.03pm, 1250m, No. 7, rider Winona Costin (a3), 59.5kg). Yes this gelding has a huge weight, but he has a good barrier and will be out in front and that is the place to be at Canterbury. He is tough, classy and is destined to get to black-type races. He just needs to carry his weight to win, and on a heavy track that will be hard. The best horse in the race, but he has the weight to go with it.
Good luck and stay tuned.