Former Adelaide galloper Theresabearinthere should kick start what could turn into a pretty good afternoon for local trainer Mitchell Beer when he makes his NSW debut in the opening race at Albury on Tuesday.
Theresabearinthere ($1.80 on TAB), a winner of two of his five starts for Adelaide trainers Richard and Chantelle Jolly, should start a warm favourite when he has his first run for Beer in the Class 2 Hcp (900m).
Beer accepted with seven runners for Tuesday's seven-race meeting and is keen on the chances of several of his team.
He also has Gallant Run ($3.50 fav) and Hot Trim ($8) going head-to-head in the Maiden Plate (1000m), first-starter Gracious Gracie ($4.40) tackling the Maiden Hcp (11175m), Beau Belle ($2 fav) in the Maiden Plate (1600m), Global Sanction ($8.50) in the Benchmark 58 Hcp (1600m) and Mighty Feat ($3.70 fav) in the Benchmark 58 (1175m).
"We do look to have some very good chances in several races on Tuesday and we could be in for a pretty good day, but I'll be happy to win one race," said Beer.
Beer is confident Theresabearinthere can get the ball rolling in the opening 900m dash. The three-year-old won two of his first three starts last year at Morphettville then in August headed across to Melbourne where he finished a close fourth to Hard Landing in a 3YO Hcp (1000m) at Moonee Valley.
He had his last run for the Jollys at Morphettville on December 12 when a first-up sixth to Mayan in a 1000m Class 2.
"He's a pretty nice horse we bought online a few weeks ago and he's settled in well here. He was purchased with the Flat Knacker in mind - the $75,000 900m race run here at the Albury Cup meeting at the end of March. That's his immediate target," said Beer.
"He's a 'jump and go' type, ideally suited to the 900m and that's the big key to him on Tuesday."
Beer has engaged 4kg-claiming apprentice Hannah Williams to partner Theresabearinthere at Albury where he will drop to 57.5kg after the allowance.
While Beer expects Theresabearinthere to lead the stable's charge at short odds, he rates first-starter Gracious Gracie as his best value runner at the meeting. The Dream Ahead three-year-old has drawn the inside gate for her debut in the Maiden Hcp over 1175m.
"I really like this filly," he said. "We gave her a quiet trial at Wagga last week (January 7) and I expect her to run very well at odds on debut."
The trainer also thinks his two runners Gallant Run and Hot Trim will both race well in the second race, the Maiden Plate over 1000m.
Formerly with Sydney trainers Gary and John Moore, Gallant Run disappointed at his first run for Beer when he was unplaced as the $1.55 favourite in a 1000m Maiden at Wagga on December 24. Three-year-old filly Hot Trim ran a terrific race on debut at Albury on December 26 when second to Steparound Gal in a 900m Maiden.
"There were no excuses for Gallant Run's effort last time at Wagga and I've just got to give him the benefit of the doubt," said Beer. "The blinkers go on this time and on about 80 per cent of his previous form I'd expect him to be very hard to beat in Tuesday's race.
"I'd lean towards him of the two if he produces his best form, but Hot Trim was very good on debut at Albury and the extra 100m on Tuesday will be ideal. She's taken a lot from that experience and has probably improved a couple of lengths."
Beau Belle looms as another strong winning chance for the stable when she backs up in the Maiden Plate over 1600m. She looked a certainty beaten at her most recent run in a Wagga Maiden over 1600m on January 7 when she missed the start by a couple of lengths but charged late to be beaten about 1.5 lengths behind Fiorzana.
"She can normally be a bit slow to jump but she just seemed a bit reluctant to get going in the first 100m at Wagga," said Beer. "If she backs up okay on Tuesday, I think she wins the race."
Beer rounds out the meeting with Global Sanction in the Benchmark 58 Hcp (1600m) and last-start winner Mighty Feat in the Benchmark 58 Hcp (1175m). Formerly with Peter Moody in Victoria, Mighty Feat stepped out for the first time for Beer when he won a 1200m Maiden at Corowa on December 28.
"Global Sanction has been terribly disappointing," said the trainer. "She did run a better race two starts ago at Wagga when third to Wyangle (in the Ted Ryder Prelude on December 7), but then ran poorly last start when she stepped up to 2000m at Wagga (on December 24). She does drop back to a Benchmark 58 on Tuesday but this is definitely D-Day for her and she'll have to show something.
"It's always hard to win again after winning your Maiden, but I do think Mighty Feat should race well on Tuesday. He did it at both ends in his Corowa win and was 'knocking at the door' at his previous run in $50,000 Maiden at Moonee Valley in December."