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Randwick Test Could Be Target Practice For Salina

By Ray Hickson

A stakes race on her home track could be Salina Dreaming’s reward for passing her stiffest test to date at Randwick on Saturday.

Trainer Angela Davies is keen to take advantage of the sun shining for the mare who prefers relatively firm ground and has the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford on May 8 in the back of her mind.

Salina Dreaming, a winner of five of her nine starts, resumed with an impressive win at Warwick Farm at the end of March and she’s considered one of the leading chances in the Fujitsu General Sprint (1200m).

“You couldn’t have been happier with the way she went,’’ Davies said.

“If she keeps going and if she gets a good strong Randwick 1200m you’d have to start getting excited about her.

“I’m not a trainer that jumps up and down and goes ‘this is flying’, I’m quite the other way. I believe they have to earn their way to the top.

“I never get too excited because there’s a lot of disappointments on the way.”

Salina Dreaming wins at Warwick Farm on March 31

The four-year-old, $3.60 with TAB on Friday, won at her only attempt at 1200m in June last year and is stepping from her Benchmark 72 win up to a Benchmark 88 but she drops 6kg for her three length first-up win.

Behind her at Warwick Farm was Rainbow Connection who appeared at Randwick last weekend running third in a Listed race, confirming the form for Davies though she has plenty of respect for the opposition which includes emerging types Lost And Running, Enchanted Heart and More Prophets.

“She’s gone well again but she is continually stepping up in grade and you just have to keep turning up,’’ she said.

“I definitely never get ahead of myself and I don’t get ahead of the horses.

“The draw (two) is probably perfect, I would say Lost And Running would have to go forward and I’d imagine we’d be slotting right on its rump from there.

“It’s an exciting race all in all, if you take out the fact that I want to win and we all want to win, there’s some promising horses in there.”

Meanwhile, Davies is hoping recent acquisition Momack can continue his good form at Gosford on Sunday when he has his third run for the stable in the Tanti Financial Group Handicap (1600m).

Momack was a second-up winner at Muswellbrook on April 9 and while he rises in weight Davies is expecting him to hold his form with Aaron Bullock taking the ride.

“We couldn’t find an apprentice for him that was suitable, he’s really going well but he has to lump 61.5kg,’’ she said.

“He’s not a robust horse, he’s a tall and lean sort, so it would have been nice to get some weight relief. He’ll be a chance but the weight may anchor him.”

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