It has been two years since former Albury Cup winning trainer Ron Stubbs re-entered the training ranks with Squidensquizz who will be chasing consecutive victories at Albury on today.
Stubbs was a leading trainer in the border district before he gave it away for more than 20 years, only to return with a few horses headed by Squidensquizz.
The six-year-old trounced his rivals on a wet track at Albury on May 29 regaining the confidence of Stubbs after some close-up performances.
“His work is always very good, but because he wasn’t winning I started to have a few doubts,” Stubbs said.
“His last win vindicated him. He has come back after he was out for twelve months with a tendon problem.”
Squidensquizz was formerly trained in Ballarat where some of his current owners reside, while some of Stubbs family also have an interest in the gelding.
His ownership also includes former top jockey Stan Aitken who won the 1973 Cox Plate on Taj Rossi.
Today’s meeting was in doubt due to persistent rain but after a track inspection Stewards declared it safe to proceed on a Heavy 10.
Stubbs said even though Squidensquizz had creditable soft track form, a heavy track was a different proposition.
“He won with authority last start, but he goes up in weight and onto a heavy track so you have to be wary,” he said.
“He ran on a heavy track in a Highway race in Sydney and didn’t do much, but that could have been the rise in class.
“There are heavy tracks and there are heavy tracks so you have to wait and see how they go through it.”
Squidensquizz contests the final race when the track will be at its worse after six previous races.
His last win by almost three lengths was with almost four kilograms less weight on his back than what he will carry today.
Meanwhile, there will be interest in the return to racing of My Maher. She won her first four starts for Sydney trainer Matthew Smith and is now trained by Trevor Sutherland in Wagga.
My Maher’s past three starts have been in Sydney and she is also unbeaten in two starts on heavy tracks.
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