Meanwhile, the recent successful raids by Gold Coast stables on the greater North Coast region is set to continue starting with four-year-old stallion Invincore second-up in a Class 1 Handicap over 1206m for the Edmonds team.
Then trainer Michael Costa saddles up the shortest-priced favourite anywhere in Australia, promising three-year-old filly Miss Gem who looks ready to break through at her fifth start coming back a long way in quality to a modest Maiden Plate over 1710m jumping from the inside barrier, and ideally suited under the set weights scale.
Then a five-year-old gelding who is fast gaining a following more by name than fame can salute again in a Class Handicap over 1710m for the Maryanne Brosnan stable.
Prince Of Arran knows he will never reach the heights of his UK namesake, recent Melbourne Cup place-getter and Geelong Cup winner, but he’s on track to make it back-to-back wins stepping up in grade and distance from a smart Class win at Lismore.
While stablemate Eltizaam, also a five-year-old gelding with two career wins, has some claim on the race, the big danger is likely to be consistent four-year-old Murwillumbah stallion Royal Factor, who has already won two from four this prep since returning from nearly a year off.
And the question must be asked, has any seven-year-old mare ever won at her first start? Doubtful, but Coffs Harbour-based Miss Dent is out to set the record straight when she debuts in a wide open Maiden Hcp over 1106m.
A free-wheeling daughter of Drumbeats, Miss Dent finally announced her arrival at the races winning a home track trial narrowly on Melbourne Cup day. But at each-way odds, she’ll get a stern test against two rival Coffs gallopers in four-year-old gelding Surmise having just his third start, and five-year-old mare and ex-Victorian Pursue. Three-year-old Port Macquarie gelding Manly Hanover also makes his debut off a lone trial run.
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