Hawkesbury trainer Garry White is looking to give himself “every chance” to strengthen his Provincial Championships hand.
The experienced White has already earmarked his talented young sprinter Generalissimo for the series and will follow a similar path with another promising three-year-old Every Chance if he wins again at Hawkesbury tomorrow.
Every Chance (Tye Angland), after three placings, shed his maiden status at home last start on 9 February and lines up in the Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond Class 1 Handicap (1400m).
“He is a progressive sort of horse, and should run well again tomorrow,” White said. “If he wins and wins well, I’ll run him in the Provincial Championships Qualifier here on Thursday week. I’ve already got that race in mind for Generalissimo (a last start Group 3 placegetter at Royal Randwick), whose three wins have all been at home and the 1400m will suit him.”
The first three placegetters in each of the five $150,000 provincial qualifying races earn starts in the $400,000 Final (1400m) at Randwick on 8 April.
Both Generalissimo and Every Chance are owned by Hobartville Stud’s Grahame Mapp, with whom White has had a lengthy and successful association.
Whilst Every Chance is a son of Golden Slipper winner Sepoy, his trainer believes he will eventually manage longer distances than tomorrow’s 1400m.
“He is out of a Carnegie mare (Light Chance) and is a half-brother to another of Grahame’s horses Pursuit of Honour, who has won up to 2400m (when Angland was also his rider),” White explained.
“Every Chance’s greatest asset is that he relaxes so beautifully, and he knows now what racing is all about. He has drawn well tomorrow, and I’ve got no doubt that winning his first race last time will have given him confidence.”
Every Chance has raced only six times and scored at Hawkesbury after a first-up second to Aquatic in a 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m) at Randwick on 26 January.
Chavo and Lamma Hilton have already been withdrawn from tomorrow’s race, meaning Every Chance will have only 10 rivals. Kerrin McEvoy has been booked for the sole emergency Blue Seal, who now has secured a start.
White also has another splendid chance at his home meeting with Lattimer in the Richmond Club Maiden Handicap (1300m). He has given Shaun Guymer a good opportunity to break back into the provincial winning list by retaining him for the mount.
“Shaun has ridden winners for me in the past and also rides a bit of trackwork for me,” White said. “He rode a terrific race on Lattimer when he ran second here first-up on January 25. I scratched the horse from Bathurst last Monday when he drew awkwardly and had a bit of weight, and felt this was a better option. He gets back in his races, but will hit the line well.”
Lattimer, who also races in the Hobartville Stud colours, is a Spinning World three-year-old who has so far managed three placings from only five starts.
Guymer’s last winner was Already Leica at Queanbeyan on 28 January.
Moqwao’s impressive victory at yesterday’s Country Championships program at Dubbo has shed further light on the prospects of Forreel in the Rotary Club of Richmond Benchmark 60 Handicap (2000m).
Former New Zealand four-year-old Forreel, a daughter of ATC Derby winner Nom De Jeu, has won both her Australian starts for Bjorn Baker at Scone (15 January) and Mudgee (5 February), and convincingly beat Moqwao over 1600m in the latter assignment.
Hawkesbury this morning was rated a “Soft 6”, with a penetrometer reading of 5.19. However, the track should continue to improve with a return to fine weather today.
The rail is out varying distances; 4m from the 1300m to the 400m, 2m from the 400m to the winning post and in the TRUE position for the remainder.
Selections: RACE 1: FORREEL, Lobban Dynamite, Cilla. RACE 2: FLAVIAN, Invincible Dame, Absolute Ripper. RACE 3: LEAGUE OF NATIONS, Za Zi Ba, Star Sensation. RACE 4: LATTIMER, Bugeisha, Fleeting Stryke. RACE 5: NOBLE TRUTH, Bianca’s Lad, Raise An Army. RACE 6: CANNON RUN, Nikitas, Cismontane. RACE 7: HIMALAYA FLYER, Songs Of Earth, Matron Wilson. RACE 8: EVERY CHANCE, Hessdalen, Power Law. SPECIALS: FLAVIAN, LATTIMER, CANNON RUN.