It has been almost the perfect start for Squaw Valley’s racing career with current trainer Norm Loy and if the galloper happens to win again at Wagga on Monday, the Country Championships could come under consideration.
Squaw Valley has won two of his three starts for Loy with a sixth at Sandown in between his only miss in that time.
The lightly raced galloper will step up in grade again for the Wagga Scamper (1000m) where he has drawn barrier two.
The heat of the Country Championships will be held at Albury on February 23 and will be run over 1400 metres.
“If he settles back and runs to the finish line like he has been then the Championships at home could be considered,” Loy said.
“The Albury track has been perfect for him so this is another test at Wagga, but I’m sure if he races like he has been then he will be hard to beat.”
Squaw Valley has raced six times for three wins and has been kept to sprint distances winning over 900 and 1000 metres.
Loy has trained three winners at Albury in the past six weeks and said his results had a lot to do with having the right horses to be competitive.
“Squaw Valley is a nice horse and so is Waiting For A Mate who has won at Albury in that time,” he said.
Squaw Valley wins easily at Albury on January 5
The top weight Up Trumpz is resuming from a spell and will have 61 kilograms from barrier six.
Up Trumpz has won three times from five starts at Wagga and has raced in better company during his juvenile starts.
Wodonga galloper Jester Angel broke the class record winning at Corowa at her first start for trainer Heath Maclean and is another of the main chances.
The mare ran a sizzling 56.04 seconds and Maclean feels she will measure up again with jockey Blaike McDougall sticking with her.
McDougall has also ridden Squaw Valley and another contender, Tully Toff, to their past two wins, but has gone with Jester Angel.
Maclean said he had kept Jester Angel fresh just as he did going into the Corowa race without a trial.
“She is fitter now so I can’t see why won’t she won’t improve a bit from Corowa,” he said.
Maclean only trains a few horses at a time and has started horses spasmodically over the past few years whilst he has built up his breeding numbers for future racing.
He said there was a reason he had limited starters in recent times.
“I don’t mess around with horses that aren’t up to it. I knew Jester Angel was right to win at Corowa and she did it well and she is going great at the moment,” he said.
Tully Toff is also be aimed at the Country Championships and has found his mark winning three of his past four starts. Tully Toff is one of the favorites in betting markets behind Squaw Valley and Up Trumpz.