Making the most of his recent winning run, trainer Allan McRae is hoping his hot trot isn’t over just yet as he prepares to start three horses for Leeton on Tuesday.
McRae, who mixes training his team at Yass with his horse chiropractic business, has been finding winners on a regular basis with five from his past 17 starters. Not a bad effort for a trainer who only prepares half a dozen gallopers and is no afraid to travel extensive hours to find the right races to win.
He will again have to make a fairly lengthy trip from his base just over three hours from Yass but it may be worth the effort especially with his final starter. McRae will saddle up Valorhesse who has won two of her there starts this preparation and probably should be undefeated.
“She won first-up, then missed the start at Narrandera and ran on well, then came out and won on a heavy track in a small field at Goulburn,” McRae said. “She has drawn the outside alley which isn’t ideal, but she is a go forward type who may be able to position up on the speed.”
Valorhesse will contest the Class 2 (1050m) where she has drawn the outside alley in the field of 10 horses. The trainer will earlier start debutante Single Red Rose and also stable veteran Sarona Downs.
Single Red Rose is making her debut as a five-year-old, while Sarona Downs won three starts back and is in the later stages of his career. The small field of six could be reduced by two with Brookton Punch also an acceptor in Sydney on Wednesday and Lighthouse a possible scratching.
McRae is hopefully of at least one winner and anything additional success would be a bonus: “Sarona Downs is in the twilight of his career and will be better suited those this distance than the 800 metres first-up,” he said. “Single Red Rose has only had the one trial and I just have to wait and see how she performs.”
McRae said his recent success could be put down to finding the right races, luck and having a mild winter back home.
“I have been able to give the horses all of the work they need to keep them fit,” he said. “Most racedays are a three hour trip for me so it means placing your horse where you think they can win and that means travelling. You don’t mind if they can win and it’s been very good lately.”
McRae has had wins with Valorhesse (2), French Giggle, See The Sun and Sarona Downs in recent months.
Meanwhile, Streak On has been scratched from the Benchmark 60 (1900m). Streak On has won at Geelong and also took out the Louth Picnic Cup at his past two starts and will be kept for Saturday’s Cobar Cup.
The topweight Willy White Socks will start favourite in the feature race where Streak On was his main danger.