Day At The Track

Yabby Dam Farms' hopefuls to step up

09:52 PM 03 Jan 2019 NZDT
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This weekend's Bendigo and Cobram country cups double-header also looms as a big chance for  Yabby Dam Farms' trotting hopefuls to step out and step up, says trainer Anton Golino.

Before San Carlo battles with the likes of Let It Ride in the PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup, trotter Dance Craze will attempt to reaffirm her top line talent against TAB Inter Dominon champion Tornado Valley and ID18 front runners Save Our Pennys and Kyvalley Blur.

Saturday night's Aldebaran Park 2019 Maori Mile has drawn a field fitting of its Group 1 billing and Golino said he was looking forward to Dance Craze - a winner of 14 of her 22 starts - shaping up against the best.

"She's been a good horse from day one, her record shows that obviously, but she's got to the stage now where she has got to step up against the better ones," Golino told Trots Talk.

"We gave her one look a couple of months ago at Melton against the better ones and she was really good, she was second to Tornado Valley and a bit unlucky. Saturday night's a chance for her to have a crack at them."

A five-year-old by Muscle Hill out of La Coocaracha, a five-time Group 1 winning mare, Dance Craze will start from gate five, directly inside Andy and Kate Gath's formiddable Tornado Valley.

"I think it's a very open race," Golino said. "Obviously Tornado Valley was great through the Inter Dominion series, but in saying that it's a horse race and anything can happen.

"There are probably two or three really good chances outside of him - Kyvalley Blur on his day is brilliant, Save Our Pennys has been in great form too, it's going to be a good race."

The good racing will then continue on Sunday when the Trots Country Cups Championship rolls to the south of the Murray River's banks for the Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup and the Central Murray Credit Union Cobram Trotters Cup.

The latter includes Yabby Dam Farms pair Egee Money (gate 1) and Destinee Jenilou (10m), who step out for the first time since their Maryborough Trotters Cup quinella on December 21.

"Both being French bred mares they seem to race really well over the longer distance," Golino said.

"We have sort of been on the back foot with them, coming down here they have to acclimatise and are obviously six months behind in their birth age. We haven't raced them as young horses, but they are five or six-year-olds now and we are starting to throw them in the deep end a little.

"I was rapt in the Maryborough Cup, we quinealled it and hopefully can get a similair result at Cobden."

The great racing will be complemented by a host of fantastic off-track activities at both clubs.

 

Michael Howard

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