By Tony Megahey
Mitchell Beer can cause the higher profile Hayes and Dabernig team some regret as he places their former stayer Testigo Estrella for a testing 3200m in the popular Wagga Wagga Stayer’s series TAB meeting on Friday.
The rising young Albury trainer is confident with last start 2500m winner Testigo Estrella who opposes the Hayes and Dabernig short priced favourite Da Deputy.
And he’s also buoyed about the prospects of two value contenders Cardinet and Nicconi Poni for the Kensington TAB meeting on Melbourne Cup day.
“We’ve got some nice chances both days, we’ve only had Testigo Estrella from the Hayes stable a short time but he came here in great order and while 3200m is unknown territory there’s only one way to find out,” Beer said.
“But he closed off strongly at 2500m, that 3kg drop in weight is a bonus out to the 3200m.”
Testigo Estrella carried 57kg winning by a widening 1.8 lengths three weeks ago, leading from the middle stages, and carries 54kg for Jordan Mallyon on Friday.
The distance is certainly no problem for Da Deputy who has all the form ingredients covered for the famed stable who has won every major staying race in Australia over decades.
A durable and tough grinder, Da Deputy is city placed coming off a creditable third in a much tougher Moonee Valley 3000m endurance test behind performed stayer Serenade The Stars recently.
While Da Deputy rises to 59kg for Blaike McDougall on Friday, vitally he spaced his rivals by 4.5 lengths over 3800m at Wagga Wagga in early August on a heavy track.
That was compelling enough for the stable to bring him back to city grade.
There looks to be only two possible winning chances in a small field. The remainder have either finished behind Testigo Estrella last start or previously behind Da Deputy.
Meanwhile, Beer will accept with Cardinet coming off and impressive regional double and Caulfield placegetter Nicconi Poni at Kensington on Cup day.
“They’re both well placed I think- we rate Cardinet up to a city midweeker the way he’s been winning and Nicconi Poni was close up in a Listed race at Geelong behind some city grade sprinters,” Beer enthused.
The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will race on a good four track rating in fine weather on Friday.