THREE Tamworth trainers are headed to Sydney chasing metro success on Friday night and Saturday.
Lesley Jeffriess will run last-start Armidale winner Lonely Orphan at Canterbury on Friday night, Melissa Dennett has Sudden Blitz engaged in Saturday’s $60,000 Highway Handicap (1300m) at Randwick while Sue Grills runs sprint star Fickle Folly in the $100,000 Spinalcure Racing4Research Sprint (1000m) at Randwick.
While Dennett and Grills both have runners at Friday’s Tamworth meeting, Lonely Orphan is Jeffriess only starter on the weekend. And while the four-year-old daughter of Domesday has drawn wide (14) and is in the last race of the night (9.45pm), it doesn’t pose as much a problem for Jeffriess as it might do with other horses.
“They gave us the visitors draw and the last race too,” Jeffriess said, laughing.
“That’s not too bad though. The barrier doesn’t matter that much with her because she gets back in her races anyway. You always want to draw in close but it’s not a great problem for her.”
The timing shouldn’t be a worry as Lonely Orphan will be floated down Friday morning with Fickle Folly to Rosehill.
“Then we’ll leave when we need to get out to Canterbury. She’ll be right. She’s a good traveller.”
Lonely Oprhan earned her Sydney trip courtesy of a brilliant win at Armidale last time out. She came from a long way back to mow down her opposition and has done well since on the training track.
“She’s good as gold,” Jeffriess said. “Seems to be her old self.”
The winner of five of her 28 starts, Lonely Orphan has amassed $92,725 in prizemoney. A win or a second would propel her through the $100,000 prizemoney barrier when she contests Friday night’s $40,000 #atheraces Benchmark 73 Handicap (1900m).
Sudden Blitz is coming off a sixth at Gunnedah but won a Class 2 at Coonabarabran three starts back for Melissa Dennett. A six-year-old brown gelding son of War Pass, he has amassed $75,495 in prizemoney from three wins and six placings in 22 starts.
Blaike McDougall claims 2kg when they jump from barrier 10.
Fickle Folly will be ridden by Robert Thompson, with the four-year-old daughter of Nicconi jumping from barrier 11.
Sudden Blitz’s stablemate, Allusive Beauty, will jump from barrier four in the Allsopp Signs Fillies & Mares Maiden Plate (1200m) at Tamworth on Friday.
Grills also has Into Temptation in that race while stablemates Kadarchi (race one) and Under The Thumb (race seven) will also fly the stable flag.
Under The Thumb has had two runs back from a spell, returning with a good second at Grafton and a gallant third in a Class 3 Highway Handicap in Sydney.
A five-year-old bay gelding son of Falvelon, he has won three of his 15 starts for $50,000 in prizemoney. He has drawn nine out of 11, with peter Graham on board.