There won't be massive field sizes at Kembla Grange on Wednesday but that suits the small stable of Donna Grisedale - she has nearly half her stable walking across the road to run on their home track and with a touch of luck, there might be a couple of winners.
“I had one more in the entries and if it had run, it would have been half the stable,” Grisedale said. “They are all in small fields but they are all very strong races though. It is a good chance for a couple of our horses to step up.”
Grisedale will have Waltzing Willie ($4.60 on TAB fixed odds) and Smiling All ($10) in the five-horse Unanderra Class 2 Handicap and it wouldn’t surprise her if either can return a winner.
“One is going to be out front (Waltzing Willie) and other chasing out the back (Smiling All); they are both talented enough to win if they are in the mood,” Grisedale said.
“Waltzing Willie is probably, in my opinion, our best chance but he is a professional placegetter. He is a little frustrating that way.
“If he puts his mind on the job there is no doubt that he would win this race. He is one of those horses that just keeps running good races without winning. He has had two runs since a spell and was a good second at Wagga before being fourth at Queanbeyan and is peaking for this race.
“It will be hard to ride him with cover in the small field, so we will go forward and make them chase him, while Smiling All will be going back and finishing off.”
Waltzing Willie, ridden by Grisedale’s husband Jon, who is also on Snippy Skippy ($13) in the opening event (Kanahooka Class 1 Handicap), is a filly that has been following him around the state.
“Snippy Skippy is a filly that I have been having a bit of fun with. I have been taking her to the places where Jon is riding,” Grisedale said. “This is a huge step for her from Tumut, where she won her maiden last start. She is a nice filly and gets her chance to prove she is better than a country horse.”
Grisedale finishes her day with Tiomo ($13), resuming in the BLG Business Advisers Maiden Handicap: “He is probably looking for a mile (1600m) and this is a good starting point for him,” Grisedale said. “He is a little stronger this preparation but will be better as the races get longer.”