Trainer Terry Robinson will start four horses at Moruya today and rightfully so has selected impressive last start winner River Drift as his best chance.
Robinson will team up with jockey Brendan Ward with three of his runners – River Drift, Fui San and Zardoro – while Kayla Nisbet will be aboard Denman Dreaming.
River Drift was having her first start for Robinson when winning by more than five lengths at the Sapphire Coast.
The three-year-old previously finished just behind the place getters in two starts at Cranbourne after starting her career in Sydney.
Robinson was impressed with what he saw first time around in maiden grade on a heavy track and on Tuesday she will step up to a Benchmark 52 over 1425m.
“She is drawn well again (barrier four) and looks well placed – she will run very well,” he suggested.
The lightly raced juvenile will need to reproduce her last effort to win again as she moves up in grade against some capable opposition.
Robinson and Ward will start the day with Fui San in the Class 1 & Maiden (1650m) followed by maiden galloper Zardoro.
Fui San drops four kilograms on recent starts and finished second at his first two starts at Moruya.
He has finished third and fifth twice in three starts this campaign and will step up to a mile for the first time.
“I expect him to run a better race over a little bit more distance,” Robinson said.
“I certainly thought he would have won a race before now.
“He was a bit disappointing last start on a heavy track and the firmer surface will suit him better.”
Some of Fui San’s opposition are also bursting to break through for a win after multiple placings.
The top weight Arrows Destiny has been placed four times since winning, while Sacred Son has been placed at his past three starts since a spell.
The well-bred Zardoro is another top chance for Robinson after a fast finishing second on debut at Nowra.
The three-year-old only needs to run up to that performance to win at his second start.
“He is a lovely type with ability. He is still maturing and I expect him to run a nice race,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s day will be complete with Denman Dreaming in the final race.
The mare is a winner at Moruya and will be fitter for two starts back from a spell where she was beaten just over three lengths on both occasions.
Robinson expects the four-year-old to run a forward race.
“She has got a lot of high speed and should be in front for a long way. The last 100 metres can be a problem for her, but hopefully back on a better surface she can go all the way,” he said.