Topweight Gold Horizon has the class edge on his side as he looks to hit back in the Michael Inglis Flying (1000m) at Wagga on Sunday.
The nine race program has attracted many horses which are being aimed at the Wagga Gold Cup Carnival and will also feature the MTC Country Cup (2000m).
Gold Horizon hasn’t raced at Wagga since defeating proven open class galloper The Monstar in December 2013.
He also ran second at the track as a two-year-old four years ago with the chestnut back at his former home at Kembla Grange with Paul Murray whose late father, Bede, previously prepared the gelding.
Gold Horizon finished last first-up from a break at Kembla after campaigning in northern NSW and Queensland.
He won at the Gold Coast and also claimed the South Grafton Cup over 1600 metres and on Sunday will go second-up into the sprint trip.
“He has the class and it will be interesting to see how he goes,” Murray said. “He has a nice draw in two and with the claim comes in with 59.5 kilograms.”
Apprentice jockey Aaron Williams will reduce Gold Horizon’s weight by four kilograms.
Vinnie Vega has a strong record at Wagga, has been placed in metropolitan grade in Melbourne and finished second behind Just A Bullet in the Flat Knacker at his latest start at Albury.
The inside alley will allow Vinnie Vega every chance to dominate in front or on the speed where as his rivals will have to race tough outside or behind him. It’s an advantage trainer Kym Davidson hopes to take advantage of.
“The horse is going really well and its looks an ideal race for him,” he said.
Miss Liffey raced wide when she failed last start in the Camarena Handicap at Canberra, but prior to that finished second three times including once behind Vinnie Vega.
Sky Mission is coming off a last start win at Wellington, but has drawn wide and will need luck while Layo Layo is a proven performer and has been impressive in the past at Wagga.
The query runner is the three-year-old Wanna Get A What who has won three of his six starts in easier company.
Meanwhile, last start Wellington Cup winner American Time looks well placed to claim the Country Cup. The stable mate of Wanna Get A What claimed an overdue win last start after finishing second in the Canberra Cup Prelude.