BLU Boy Jag heads to Tamworth from his Gunnedah stable chasing a second win at the track and second over the distance in Tuesday’s $20,000 Shay Brennan Constructions Benchmark 65 Handicap (2100m).
The Gavin Groth-trained six-year-old gelding has had five starts at Tamworth for a win and three placings.
He has attempted the 2100m twice, for a win and a second and his Gunnedah trainer is hopeful the son of Murphy’s Blu Boy can make it a fifth career win at start number 38.
“He was a little unlucky at Gunnedah last start,” Gavin Groth said.
“Both he and the winner, Packen, were at the back of the field.
“Packen went wide and we went inside. Packen had an uninterrupted run and we had no luck. Got held up half way down the straight.”
That is the luck in racing, Groth shrugged.
He has drawn the one barrier for Tuesday.
Ordinarily drawing the rails would also be a blessing but not in Blu Boy Jag’s case, the Gunnedah trainer said.
“He’s got no early speed but he will be a bit closer than normal,” Groth said.
“And we don’t know how the track is going to play after its renovations.
“The rail is out 5m so they are talking about it being a frontrunners track.
“We don’t know how it will play. I just hope we aren’t disadvantaged.”
The track has undergone a significant repair job over the last couple of months after it was badly damaged back in September.
Groth has Ben Looker on board as his most recent regular rider, Matt McGuren, cannot make the weight.
Blu Boy Jag finds himself in against a handy field of stayers including the Peter Cheers trained Phrases and Jane Clements’ Southern Orders.
While Blu Boy Jag chases a win over the 2100m his Gunnedah conqueror, Packen, also chases success in the $20,000 Advanced Inland Security Class 3 Handicap (1600m).
It is a strong race of up and coming gallopers with Packen one of three last start winners.
Connie Greig’s Malibu Stacy and Paddy Cunningham’s Our Minaan are also coming off good wins as well.
The meeting has drawn 109 acceptances and will get underway at 1.20pm with the Freight Specialists F&M Maiden Plate (1200m).