Next NSW Race

Latest News

Wanna Winner In Hawkesbury Highway (Saturday)

By Tony Megahey

Veteran Canberra trainer Gratz Vella is confident he has circumstances to suit for a $60,000 TAB Highway Handicap breakthrough with Wanna Get A What on Hawkesbury Guineas Day on Saturday.

The short-course flyer will carry top-weight of 59kg for Tommy Berry over the 1100m in a typically in depth class-three episode.

Wanna Get A What is coming off a brave second in an Inglis Flying Handicap (1000m) in fast time at Wagga Wagga recently. The three-year-old has the imposing record of three wins from seven starts, twice runner up, and Vella says he never yet been led in a race.

“His last run was enormous and he’s back from an open flying to a class three,” enthused Vella. “He’s a natural free goer this horse and so genuine. He was taken on in front at Wagga, the other horse folded up, the winner is a smart horse, had the sit and only got us late.”

Nicof, a Highway placegetter, beat Wanna Get A What a length after Vella’s speedster previously beat him over 1000m at Canberra.

“It’s the right race to come up for- I like to think we can lead again and Hawkesbury suits front runners. “There’s always pressure in these short course races, but he keeps fighting and is improving all the time.”

However the big issue for Vella is that Wanna Get A What rises to a hefty 59kg from a claiming 52.5kg at Wagga Wagga.

“I realise that, but he’s down in grade and I’ve gone with Tommy, because he’s like a nephew to me. I’ve known the family for many, many years so it’d be nice if we could win one of these Highways together.

“Closest I’ve come is a couple of fourths so I’ll keep trying but I just might have the right horse this time-hopefully anyway.”

Favourite will be Kurt Goldman’s Ruthless Agent (58kg) on the strength of his fourth to talented Pumpkin Pie in the Goulburn Country Championship qualifier in February, a subsequent third in a Royal Randwick Highway race, and Hugh Bowman’s booking.

View the fields, form and race replays for Hawkesbury's Gold Cup meeting this Saturday here.

The Latest Racing News

The Boys From Grafton Ready To Plunder Randwick Once Again

By Tony Megahey High profile opposition nor the odds have previously deterred wily Grafton veteran John Shelton or his ‘caddy’ ...
Read More

Clare's 'Rough' Cradle Has Turned Razor Sharp

By Ray Hickson Cradle Mountain is a special horse to trainer Clare Cunningham and it’s easy to understand why. As ...
Read More

Bathurst To Benefit From Back To The Track Funding

By Michelle Tarpenning Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing has been announced as a grant recipient under the NSW Government’s Back to the Track ...
Read More

Injured Jockey Update - Nick Heywood (Wagga Trials, Weds)

Jockey Nick Heywood was dislodged from his mount after the post during Wednesday's Wagga barrier trials. Nick was taken to Wagga ...
Read More

The First Man To Winx At The Champ

By Brad Gray The phenomenon that is Winx has been witnessed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, ...
Read More
Loading...
Racing NSW Apps
View
Mobile Version
Contact
Forms
Information
Industry Links