The Canberra training partnership of Keith Dryden and Scott Collings head to Monday's Sapphire Coast meeting with a couple of key runners early on the eight-race program.
Confidential lines up in the opening event, the Vicolo Merimbula Class 3 Hcp (1408m), while Rozburg tackles the third race, the Pier One Bar & Grill Class 1 Hcp (908m). Confidential, who began his racing career with trainer Chris Waller, has raced pretty well in his six starts since joining the Dryden-Collings stable earlier this year.
He broke through to win his first race at Canberra over 1600m on September 22 then acquitted himself well in two subsequent runs in TAB Highways at Randwick, finishing fourth to Bronzed Venom over 1600m on October 7 then finishing fifth to Dia de Reyes over 1800m on October 28 when he was slowly away and struck some trouble. He drops back to 1410m on Monday, but it has been five weeks since his last run.
Rozburg, a three-year-old son of Nicconi, bolted in on debut at the Sapphire Coast on November 2, winning a 1008m Maiden by just over three lengths. He then lined up at Canberra at his most recent outing, finishing third to You're Kidding Me and City Boots in a 1000m Benchmark 55 on November 19. Monday's race certainly looks a winnable race for Rozburg with topweight Exaggerate looking the main threat if he lines up.
The Dryden-Collings stable finishes the eight-race meeting with Can She Kiss in the Waves Restaurant Class 1 Hcp (1208m). The mare is rarely far away in her races, but struggles to win - her only success to date from 15 starts way back on July 18, 2016. One thing in her favour on Monday is that she has finally drawn a decent gate after copping awkward outside draws in each of her past seven starts.
Can She Kiss drew the rails in Monday's 14-horse field with recent debut Queanbeyan winner Elegant Ellen in gate two. Elegent Ellen, trained at Braidwood by Richard Clarke, raced very greenly when she made her debut on October 29 but still proved too good, coming away to beat two subsequent winners in Usainly and Battlescar.
Moruya-trained gelding Little Off The Top can extend his good record at the Sapphire Coast when he resumes in the Isabella Franchi Memorial Benchmark 54 Hcp (1008m). Prepared by Jamie Stewart, Little Off The Top's only two wins from his 15-start career have been at the Sapphire Coast. His overall record at the track is two wins and second from five outings - his only real failure there was on a heavy8 track two runs back on June 11.
First-up since an unplaced effort at Moruya on June 27, Little Off The Top geared up for his return with a 908m barrier trial win over Tower Of Song at the Sapphire Coast on November 2.