By Tony Megahey
Rising young Wyong trainer Damien Lane heads to Mudgee’s attractive seven-race TAB meeting on Sunday to take on accomplished regional stables with several strong contenders. The meeting is notable as it welcomes the return of former champion apprentice, Winona Costin from long-term injury.
Meanwhile, Lane, with regular city prizemoney through performed Pirate Ben, Another Larga and Choice Larga, has confidence in the prospects of stablemates Mosaytion, Fanny Chenal, Spinning Gold and Kanguru throughout a strong program.
The in-form local stables of the Crocketts, Williams, Northams and another respected Wyong visitor, Allan Denham are out in force.
“Mine are all in the right races to be competitive; just finalised riders. Travis Wolfgram is on Spinning Gold and Fanny Chenal, Mathew Cahill rides Kanguru and Courtney Van De Wert on Mosaytion,” said Lane assessing the form.
Mosaytion, a promising three-race winner, contests a class 3, Arrow Bone Marrow Foundation (1400m): “It’s short of his preferable distance, but he’s had a freshen to be strong at the finish, the way he was winning 1500m on soft at Port Macquarie,” Lane explained.
Fanny Chenal contests a Mudgee Florist 1400m maiden: “She’s lightly-raced with some upside, she was held up and unlucky at Muswellbrook after a Taree placing, but the wide draw is the concern and she tends to get back.”
Spinning Gold, a six-race winner with 18 placings, competes in a strong Red Heifer Bistro 1600m event: “He was absolutely smashed in a recent race, so we gave him a break and took him to Gilgandra to restore his confidence; the win has got him back to where he was; super honest horse, and the ideal draw.”
Lane’s performed Kanguru contests the feature, the Lawson Park Hotel, Black Nugget Cup (1400m): “He was impressive winning that Coonamble Cannonball from a strong field, we gave him a let-up after that. He’s where we want him to be with some nice runs in tougher city company.
“Last start at Canterbury with 59.5 kilos he laboured a bit, he’s back to 55 kilos and fitter; expect him to run well.” Mudgee will race on a good 3 rating with a bumper crowd anticipated.