Trainer Trevor McIlrick is hopeful of confirming a spot in the Wagga Town Plate with stablemates Got The Goss and Miss Liffey in Sunday’s qualifier.
McIlrick couldn’t have asked for better barrier draws with the duo drawn alongside each other in gates one and two. Got The Goss claimed the Town Plate two years ago and has only won the one race since at Rosehill Gardens in November 2015, while Miss Liffey is yet to break through this campaign but has been extremely consistent.
Left: Got the Goss (Blake Shinn) in his last win at Rosehill Gardens. Look for a big improvement from the sprinter at Wagga Wagga this Sunday. Image by - Bradley Photographers
Her overall record of six wins from 16 starts could easily be added to as she works towards a run in the Town Plate on May 4. If McIlrick manages to get both horses through to the Plate it will be the first time he has had dual representation.
Despite not having won for some time, Got The Goss is going as well as ever and is set to perform, according to his trainer: “He just needs a consistent racing surface and he will be right,” McIlrick said.
The forecast for rain over the next couple of days could present some problems if the track deteriorates to any great extent. That won’t present any problems to Miss Liffey who is capable in the wet having won five times.
“The good barrier draw suits her because she can race prominent without having to work too hard early,” McIlrick said. “Got The Goss will get back a bit anyway so the draw doesn’t really matter for him.”
Got The Goss ran tenth beaten under five lengths in the Albury City Handicap last start and will have the big weight of 62.5 kilograms to contend with. Jockey Nick Souquet will ride Got The Goss as well as Murrumbidgee Cup topweight Lautaro.
The Country Championship winner will have 61 kilograms in the qualifier where the winner is exempt from the ballot for the Gold Cup on May 5.