Port Macquarie mare Pradnya has plenty in her favour as she chases another win at her home track on Saturday.
The John Sprague-trained mare has won seven races in her career - four of them at Port Macquarie - and can add to that tally in Saturday's Dayne Maloney/Todd Bates@McGrath Benchmark 70 Hcp (1500m).
Pradnya has had 17 starts at Port Macquarie for four wins and six minor placings. Her nine runs over the track and distance have produced three wins and five placings.
"She loves it at the Port Macquarie track and only seems to win here," said Sprague. "And the prospect of a soft track should only boost her chances. She's got everything to suit her on Saturday and hopefully she can get the job done for us." The Port Macquaire track was rated a soft 5 on Friday morning.
Pradyna has been with Sprague for most of her career but did have a short stint in Queensland with Darryl Hansen in mid-2016.
"Her owners were hoping to win a Class 6 with her in Brisbane but I didn't want to travel, so Darryl took her over for a while," said Sprague.
Pradnya didn't fire at all in Queensland, finishing last at the Sunshine Coast on July 24 and again failing to beat a runner home at Eagle Farm on August 6. "I decided to buy her from her previous owners and she came back with me and got the job done for us at Port Macquarie two starts back," said Sprague.
Pradnya gave in-form Grafton mare Zombie Queen a kilo when she beat her in that Port Macquarie win on November 22 and they meet on level weights on Saturday. Zombie Queen has since gone to Brisbane and scored in a Class 5 at Eagle Farm on December 14.
Sprague said there was a genuine excuse for Pradnya's last-start failure at Taree on December 6 when she finished last of 11 runners behind Zigamore in a Benchmark 65 Hcp: "She missed the kick by five and was right out of the race from that point," he said.
Sprague has two other runners at Port Macquarie on Saturday - Ibelieveinmiracles (race two) and Jemily (race six).
"Jemily is first-up over the 1000m and should race well - I'm looking ahead at the Country Championships with her," he said. "But you never know what you are going to get from Ibelieveinmiracles - he'll run well one day and do nothing the next." The rail will be in its true position for the seven-race Port Macquarie meeting.