Canberra trainer knocking on the door in Town Plate lead-up

But one of her biggest challenges will come six-year-old gelding Stephan, who is in the best form of his brief career for another Canberra trainer, Gratz Vella.

An unlucky second in the Camarena back home was quickly followed by a cracking win in the heavy at Warwick Farm sweeping down the outside late under 58kg. Of course, his form hasn’t escaped the handicapper, and Stephan will have to cart 62kg today jumping from a wide barrier.

Elsewhere on what is a dynamic seven-race card leading up to the Wagga carnival on May 2-3, a big field lines up in the Murrumbidgee Cup over 1800m and doubling as another heat of the Wagga Stayers Series.


And so many eyes will be on the return of promising Albury-trained four-year-old Nothin’ Like Harry following his well documented flop at Randwick nearly two months back and a serious freshen-up. Late last year Nothin’ Like Harry ran in a Rosehill Highway and then produced a terrific run close-up behind Lamborghini in a benchmark 78 at Flemington. He has been taken along quietly, but a recent dominant trial win suggests the son of former Victoria Derby winner Nothin’ Leica Dane is ready to rebound.

His biggest threat might come from the Matt Dale-trained four-year-old gelding Animalia, who has been competitive in his last three runs in stronger metro company, while plenty of locals will throw their support behind consistent six-year-old gelding Noble Descent, who is in the best form of his career with back-to-back wins in the Corowa Cup and Albury Mile.


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