SUGERA is primed to return to her best on her home track today and continue the winning run of her her Scone trainer.
The talented mare, who has had two runs back from a good six-month spell, is “tip-top”, according to her premiership-winning trainer Luke Griffith.
Griffith, who leads the current HNWRA trainers’ premiership after winning a second title last season, is coming off a winning Christmas Eve double at Tamworth and has a busy day at his home track today.
“I have a half a dozen in,’’ he said.
“It’s a hard day. Four good $20,000 races.”
While he has Sugera entered in the $20,000 Isis Summertime Cup (1300m), he also has I Love Legs running as well.
Meg Hoey claims 2kg off I Love Legs’ back.
The grey gelding has run four successive thirds while Sugera is coming off a seventh to Dream Choice in a Scone B65 1100m on December 13.
“She’s tip top,” he said of the daughter of Grandera who has won 10 of her 45 starts.
“And down in the weights. She’ll run well as long as it doesn’t rain. She’s mickey mouse.”
Griffith also “doubles up” in the Dream Ahead @ Emirates Park B60 Handicap (1600m) with Kwilas Law and Run Legless.
“Old Kwilas Law had no chance last start,” Griffith said.
“They dawdled up front and ran home the last 600m in 33secs.
“He got back and was never going to pick them up.
“Run Legless is in too.
“He hasn’t run since Narromine. It’s a step up in grade for him.”
Five-year-old Run Legless is chasing a third successive win after victories at Quirindi and Narromine.
“Run Legless was the stable star last week (after winning at Narromine), now she is,” Griffith said at Tamworth on Christmas Eve after All That Excites had won.
“Greg (Ryan) was at his best on Run Legless and did the same again today (on All That Excites).
“ This mare hit a flat spot after having a tough run at Muswellbrook. She’s just starting to come right now.”
He will keep her running through her classes.
Terwen Destiny then railed brilliantly as her opposition rolled off into trouble in the Advanced Inland Security 4YO and Upwards Maiden Handicap (1000m) at Tamworth.
“She pulled her way to the front around the back,” Ryan told Griffith after she had raced away in the straight.
Griffith said the grey mare had always shown “a little bit”.
“We thought she might win her maiden real easy but she had problems with her knees.”
He said her family needs to be kept fresh and swim a lot.
That’s what he’s been doing.
“We’ve just been swimming her and didn’t trial her – just given her a jump out,” he said.