By Tony Megahey
Gulgong’s Brett Thompson - on target for a fifth successive Central District’s training premiership - has copped the tip from prolific regional riders Greg Ryan and Mathew Cahill that he’s returning for a profitable Narromine TAB meeting on Sunday.
“I’ve got three decent chances on the day, and both Greg and Mathew told me Infinite Advantage has been real unlucky for them; has the makings of a nice horse,” enthused Thompson on the way home from the New Zealand yearling sales.
“Infinite Advantage was a dual acceptor and Greg will ride him in the (West 'N' Own Fuels) 1300m Benchmark 55 where he’s coming off three second placings and is drawn well in number three.
“They’ve ridden him and said with any sort of luck he could have won a couple. He’s a More than Ready colt with plenty of upside - I really like him and so do riders who are pretty fair judges up here.”
Ryan will ride Infinite Advantage carrying 57.5kg.
“My only slight concern is that he’s been up a while, but he seems to one of those types that thrives with racing and his work has been strong.”
Ryan also rides six-race winner Ima Baker at 59kg in a rare 2400m country staying event, the Patrick Donoghue Benchmark 62: “He’s bouncing out of his skin this prep after 13 months off with issues; I haven’t had him that long, but he closed off nicely winning 2100m at Tamworth and his run was just as good in a lot tougher race at Wyong. He’s hard race fit now and the extra distance won’t worry us.”
Attalea, a four-race winner, contests the Macquarie Clothing Benchmark 61 (1100m) with 59kg for Jake Pracey-Holmes: “He’s got nice natural speed and been running consistently good races with big weights and he’s drawn to run us a race again.”
Meanwhile, Thompson, with a big team in work at Gulgong, is buoyed by numerous purchases from the Gold Coast and New Zealand Sales: “We bought seven from the Gold Coast and another three in New Zealand,” explained Thompson in transit from Sydney Airport.
“I’ve told the owners there’s real value if you can develop decent stayers and we bought a lovely filly out of a daughter to that champion stayer Let’s Elope that I’m excited about.”
Meanwhile, Narromine will race on a good 3 track rating with mostly capacity fields.