By Tony Megahey
While accomplished local trainer Cameron Crockett is focusing on bigger occasions, he has value chances in highly consistent Kingsbridge and stable newcomer Invincible Type at home for Saturday’s Mudgee TAB meeting.
The popular Central Districts track offers all betting services and big screen action of the spectacular eight Group races at the corresponding Rosehill Gardens race day.
Meanwhile on Sunday, young Crockett is striving to qualify unlucky stable star Ori On Fire for the upcoming Country Championship final at Royal Randwick through the TAB Muswellbrook Wild Card.
“He’s drawn, and in the form to be right in a really hot race, and that near miss in the Mudgee qualifier was hard to take,” Crockett said. “But that’s racing and it is business as usual at home Saturday.
“With both, we’re looking to be competitive rather than confident, but I’m happy with their progress.
“Kingsbridge is on the quick back-up and out to 2000m for the first time to gauge if he can cope with it and tick some boxes to where we can programme him in the future. But he’s race fit, consistent and we’ve claimed.”
Kingsbridge has paid for the consistency of four successive placings since two earlier career wins, allocated 61.5kg but reduced by Chelsea Ings’ 2.5 kg claim in the Mudgee Florist BM 60 (2000m). The race is a particularly deep BM 60, and has drawn the form and profile of the Denham, Steinmetz, Lunn and Ryan stables, including three last-start winners and numerous placegetters.
Steinmetz’s From Pentridge won at Hawkesbury, the Ryan’s rising stayer Nurture scored at Cowra, while Stirling Shadow was successful at Narrabri for Sally Torrens.
Crockett has lightly raced newcomer Invincible Type resuming in the 1100m Maiden.
“It’s her first run for us, she’s trialled, she’s had the one placing over 1400m on the Sunshine Coast so likely she’s looking for further but she’s progressing nicely.”
Mudgee at present is rated a good 4 track with fine weather predicted.