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In-Form Mare Out To Bank Moruya Town Plate

It can sometimes be difficult as an owner watching Levee Bank at the start of her race, but when she puts it all together there is no denying her ability.

Levee Bank can sometimes be slow out as she was last start when she settled last, but still put her rivals away over the final 200 metres to win easily at Wagga.

The six-year-old will need a clean getaway when she attempts to win one of the feature races at Moruya on Monday – the $27,000 Town Plate (1310m).

Levee Bank is weighted up to her best with 59.5 kilograms even after the claim for apprentice jockey Patrick Scorse who has won three times on her.

Canberra trainer Gratz Vella is hoping Levee Bank can produce the goods again and then try and win a metropolitan class race or an upcoming feature at a country carnival.

“She can sometimes still be a bit slow out. She used to miss the start by a fair bit but isn’t as bad now,” Vella said.

“I thought she wasn’t in too badly at the weights with 59.5 kilograms and she has done well since her last run.


Levee Bank wins easily at Wagga on January 11

“It looks the right race for her.”

Levee Bank has won eight of her 28 starts with half of those being for Vella and before that with former trainer Kerry Weir.

The mare has earned $160,000 so far and connections would like to win a metropolitan race before she is retired.

Like many horses of her calibre, Levee Bank is in a tough grade to place as she will remain up in the weights in the country which may force her to race in Sydney to try and capture that elusive win.

“She ran fourth in Sydney last preparation and has run third at Rosehill before,” Vella said.

“There is a fillies and mares race in Sydney in three weeks if everything goes well at Moruya.”

Levee Bank is one of the best horses Vella has in his 18 horse team along with Stephan who will resume racing in Sydney next week.

Her explosive turn of foot sets Levee Bank apart from most country horses, but with 59.5 kilograms it won’t be as easy on Monday as it was at Wagga.

Count Dekroner finished fourth at Moruya two weeks ago and drops four kilograms plus he has the advantage of the inside barrier.

He is capable of hitting back after an impressive victory two weeks ago at Moruya where he has won four times from six attempts.

Meanwhile, the $35,000 Club Narooma Cup is the feature race where Animalia chases his third consecutive win.

The well bred galloper’s trademark is his attack of the finish line and will to win which has been evident at Canberra and Moruya.

Animalia rises in the weights on his last win, but his ability to keep getting the job done will see him start favourite and most likely complete the hat-trick.

All the fields, form and replays for Monday's Moruya meeting

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