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Wet Track Won't Worry Greipel In Wagga Winter Series

Trainer Geoff Duryea will wait until race morning and the confirmation that the Wagga races will go ahead before deciding if Greipel starts in the Winters Series Handicap (1200m) on Tuesday.

Stewards inspected the track with club officials today and decided to move the meeting from the inner Riverside Track to the course proper.

This has meant some race distance amendments, but barring further rain overnight the meeting should proceed.

It has been a mixture of changes with the meeting originally listed for Albury before being transferred to Wagga.

Importantly, the meeting is still on this afternoon but a further inspection of the course in the morning will be held. Duryea will make up his mind about a start for Greipel at around the same time as the track is being inspected.

“He is a 50-50 chance of starting and I will wait and see what the stewards decide in the morning,” Duryea said today.

“He has 61 kilograms, but comes down to 57 kilograms after the claim for Josh Richards and he does like wet tracks. I will discuss it with some of the owners on race morning and make a call then.”

Richards guided Greipel into third place when he resumed from a brief racing break at Wagga on July 18. The Leeton-based teenager is chasing his first career win after a few race placings and is presented with another strong winning opportunity aboard Greipel.

The well-performed gallop has won races on heavy tracks at Wagga, Albury and Bendigo and is proven against better class horses having taken out last year’s Gundagai Snake Gully Cup.

Mitchell Road is extremely consistent and is one of two runners for trainer Chris Heywood, while Gentleman Max excels on tracks like he will be racing on Tuesday. Gentleman Max won twice on heavy tracks before finishing fourth, when Greipel was third, at Wagga.

The query runner is the Victorian trained galloper Landau who has had one starts and two trials in the past 12 months. On his best form, Landau is capable of winning and is proven on wet tracks.

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