Day At The Track

Jiggy Rhythm hopes to build on recent success

05:01 AM 15 Apr 2020 NZST
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Jiggy Rhythm
STRIDING HOME: Jiggy Rhythm, pictured during a win on her home track last year, starts from the inside of the back row this Wednesday.

She struck gold in the nation's capital but Jiggy Rhythm is out to do the same on her home track this Wednesday night at Bathurst Paceway.

The Sportswriter mare has been racing as well as she's ever done this preparation for Bathurst trainer Arthur Clancy, who drove her to a long awaited win at Canberra last month.

She was unlucky to miss out on a placing in her two races since then at Bathurst, but Clancy is hopeful this Wednesday's Bedwell's Food Barn Pace (2,260 metres) will be a return to the top.

Jiggy Rhythm not only drops back down in grade but she has the chance to stick close to the leader's tail thanks to a start from the inside row.

With how well the mare has been working lately, and the chance to be right on the speed, Clancy said Jiggy Rythmn has a strong shot on Wednesday.

"She's racing pretty well at the moment. The two runs she's had here since Canberra were equally as good. The race coming up is over the longer distance and she's been finding the line, so the distance shouldn't worry her," he said.

"The draw looks perfect for her, it just depends on what the number one does. Groovy Shannon has gate speed and young Travis Bullock likes to run them along.

"It should let her latch onto the back. At worst she'd be three on the fence and shouldn't be doing a great deal of work in the running."

The recent fourth and fifth placings look average on paper for Jiggy Rhythm but given the work she had to do in the run for home Clancy said it doesn't quite tell the complete picture.

"I put it down to the sectionals," he said.

"The got away with slow sectionals early and in the middle stages then they've come home in 59 or so, and she's had to make up ground from a reasonable way back and she was still finding the line reasonably well.

"That seems to be the pattern that she's in at the moment."

A trip back to Canberra could be some time away for Clancy and his mare thanks to the regionalisation put in place by Harness Racing NSW to combat the spread of coronavirus.

But Bathurst Paceway is a familiar strip of race track for Jiggy Rhythm, and Clancy doesn't mind staying at home for the time being.

"It's not too big a deal. It benefits the Bathurst trainers, there's no doubt about that, in particular when you're trying to place your horse," he said.

"The disadvantage of Bathurst is that the big stables are quite strong and they've got depth down the line, so it's always hard to win here.

"Sometimes you can go to somewhere like Dubbo and Parkes in a lesser meeting and maybe find weaker opposition, but if you get beaten at Bathurst you lick your wounds and it's only 15 minutes until you're back home," he laughed.

Wednesday's race shapes up as a strong betting affair, as plenty of runners boast winning claims, including the likes of Groovy Shannon, Limbo Larry, Zermatt and A True Sensation.

Dubbo trainer Barry Lew will be in action at Bathurst with Karloo Bodacious in the first event, which is at 5.12pm.


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