By Geoff Newling
Mister Macrae might have been disappointing and might need a soft track to race his best when he lines up in Tuesday’s $20,000 Goodwin Kenny Class 2 Handicap (1000m) at Tamworth.
However his trainer, Moree horseman Peter Sinclair knows there is little chance of rain dampening the track for his three-year-old gelding son of Denman.
Mister Macrae has won once in seven outings and has drawn well in barrier four. Peter Graham will ride.
Peter Sinclair is hoping the gelding can improve on what is rated a Good 4 track.
“After he won his maiden at Coonamble last year he gave me a real good feel,” Peter Sinclair said.
“I thought he was going to be a real good horse. He has been disappointing since but in saying that when he was at Kris Lees’ in Newcastle he barrier trialled well but on a wet track. His win at Coonamble was on a wet track too so I am wondering if he just a wet tracker.
“I’m hoping I’m wrong because he has been working well and is in quite good order. I honestly thought he was maybe a provincial or Brisbane class horse. When he won at Coonamble Leanne (Henry) came back and said he gave her the best feel on a horse for a long time.”
While he is hoping Mister Macrae can live up to those hopes he’s also preparing another of his stable – Track Flash - for two big races.
Sinclair will start Track Flash, who won the recent Mallawa Cup, in this Saturday’s $8000 B&W Rural Talmoi Cup (1400m) at Garah.
It’s a special race made even more exciting by the fact Track Flash has won the first two legs of the Golden Triangle picnic circuit crown. He won the Boolooroo Cup at Moree before adding the Mallawa Cup.
Only three horses have won the Golden Triangle in the 88 years of racing the picnic circuit – Mulgate (Eric Jurd) in 1961, Gefilte (Trevor Smith) in 1988 and Tapakeg (Peter Sinclair) in 2014.
Peter Sinclair would become the only trainer to have won the Golden Triangle twice if Track Flash wins on Saturday.
Track Flash has also qualified for the $50,000 Picnic Final at Dubbo later in the year.
‘He ran in it last year too, ran sixth I think,” Peter Sinclair said.
“He’s not a big horse but seems to handle the picnic weights pretty well.”
Track Flash raced in the Talmoi Cup last year too but didn’t “handle the tight, dirt track” at Garah, Peter recalled.
“He's maybe getting used to them.”
Nominations for Talmoi close at 11am Monday along with nominations for Saturday’s Les Howard Willow Tree Cup meeting at Quirindi.
The QJC, fresh from last Tuesday’s John “Mouse” Sinclair Cup meeting, have six $10,000 TAB-covered races programmed on Saturday.