Wagga preview: Phil Sweeney wants to see Lady Brook raise the bar
Phil Sweeney has a fit mare Lady Brook ready to turn the tide on Another One in a sprint clash at Wagga.
Coach Phil Sweeney went out of his way not to talk about his mare Lady Brook’s clash with Another One on Thursday at Wagga Wagga, but there’s a lot going on.
A great performance from both in Thursday’s Ian Reid (1200m) sprint will mean both horses are on track for the $ 1.3million Kosciuszko in October.
Another One is a $ 15 chance for the Kosciuszko and Lady Brook is only valued at $ 51 despite only half a length separating the pair when they met in the heat of the Wagga Nationals. Wagga in February.
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“It was over 1400m and she did all the work that day so she is a maneuverable mare. We were also out of breath that day, ”Sweeney said.
“I don’t rap them, I let them talk.”
Another One is the first while Lady Brook has the fitness advantage thanks to a first victory at Wagga Wagga when she led all the way to salute in a Benchmark 74 Handicap.
And she’ll pretty much have to win again if she has a chance at Kosciuszko later, even though her prize in the race seems to be exceeded based on how close she has come close to another earlier in the year. .
“She has to keep stepping up to go. It gets to the point where it almost has to get out of that area, ”Sweeney said.
“It’s just another race, but she did all the preparations and she’s doing well and got up really well from the first run.
“There is no problem with it and I just want to overtake this race. There are a few options with it. I’ll talk to the owners about a few plans if it’s not up to par.
Lady Brook jumps out of gate five with Jeff Penza to ride her again although he may not be leading her this time.
“She can do both, but I think she’s better at speed. She probably did too much work on the last start, but she had a hitch, ”Sweeney said.
“It’s a good barrier for her, but there are a lot of good horses in it. Another One is a good horse.
Pay The Deeler raced for Sweeney earlier today in the third event over 1600m and she is expected to start favorite with two second places over 1400m.
“Looks like she wants a mile but I’m not too sure about that,” Sweeney said.
“The other day she was caught at three depths and was only beaten by three quarters of length, so she is fine and looks good.
“It’s just a mental thing with her. She is sometimes not very stable in the direction of the department.
She then runs for Sweeney in the sixth event after a third place at Narromine and she is aiming for her first win at the start nine, but has placed in two of her last three.
“She ran well but it was a Sky 2 reunion so it will be a bit more difficult. She just doesn’t want a wet track,” Sweeney said.
“I hope they’re all okay.”
OSBORNE’S CONFIDENT CHICKEN MAY RTISER ITS RIVALS
Canberra coach Neil Osborne is waiting for the penny to fall with Mo More Chicken and is confident it will happen at Wagga Wagga on Thursday.
Uncle Mo, five, made his 13th start in a Class 1 handicap (1000m) and the only number in his stats that reads badly is in the wins column.
She has won only once out of 12 races but has seven places to her credit.
“If she puts together a few wins it (record) all of a sudden looks fantastic and I think she has a good chance now,” said Osborne.
“She’s had apologies a few times and is probably a little better off than she should have under the circumstances.”
Mo More Chicken was recently sent north for two races during the Coffs Harbor Carnival and finished third and fourth.
The last performance took place starting from 12th place in the 400m to approach two lengths of Bel Academy and Salad Dodger.
“She ran pretty well up there and only had a few days in the paddock when we got home,” said Osborne.
“She has worked well and is doing very well. She grabbed a bad barrier which didn’t help.
“She was ranked 53 in a Benchmark 66 race so I thought she did very well under the circumstances.
“She hasn’t done much since. I just have to keep it cool.
Mo More Chicken will likely be behind the speed under Brendan Ward who will guide him out of barrier six.
Osborne expects her to leap late.
“I think that’s her role model, so she should be able to do it. Scotty Collings’ horse (Bleue’s Choice) seems pretty hard to beat, ”he said.
“It seems to be going really well in the wet and so are we. I don’t think it’s as good in the dry as we could be.