Local trainer Clint Lundholm has a bit of firepower heading into Monday’s Dubbo meeting with the consistent Sticks ‘n’ Stones leading the way.
The Bernardini five-year-old has run first and third in her two runs back in and she’s probably been unlucky not to have won both of them.
She races in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1100m) and should get the ideal run from barrier five in a likely capacity field.
“I think she’s ready to win back at home and third-up where she’ll be at her peak fitness now,” Lundholm said.
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“She’s drawn pretty well and we’ve got Mathew Cahill to ride and she’s going pretty well.
“She’s come back from a spell and was a bit unlucky last start so she should be hard enough to beat.
“She looked home last start but she probably got exposed a bit too early and they got her just at the last little bit but it was a good run.”
She’s placed in two runs at Dubbo from four attempts and is going to be hard to deny here.
“She’s pulled up very well which is why she’s in at Dubbo. I was going to miss it but she’s gone too well and it’s her home track,” Lundholm said.
She takes on Arrivederci is the same race but the trainer doesn’t expect him to run in front of her on the line.
“Arrivederci has been disappointing this time in. He’ll either show up in this race or go to the paddock. He is doing better and I wasn’t happy with him he’d have gone for a spell,” Lundholm said.
Any Blinkin’ Day is trying to win first-up from just the second time in eighth attempts when he races in an Open Handicap (1200m) with 4kg claiming apprentice Elissa Meredith to bring his weight down to 53kg.
“It’s only his first run back and he’ a nine-year-old now but I thought I’d give him another preparation in the stable after he won two races last time in,” Lundholm said.
“We’ll get him fit and I’m sure he’ll be very competitive.”
Harwok’n’zoff ends the day for the Lundholm stable in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (2200m) and has had an interesting preparation.
He’s run at 1600m, 1800m and 1400m leading up to this event but his trainer isn’t worried.
“He’s bred to get 2200m and it’s always been a trip I wanted to get him to,” Lundholm said.
“It’s still a bit of an unknown but his run the other day at Parkes was terrific and this is the right race to be trying 2200m.”
The four-year-old is ready to peak in the opinion of his trainer who is backing him to be strong through the line even if he’s only won up to 1600m in the past.
He’s only had 19 starts however and has upside.
“You would see a horse looking any better. He looks a million bucks so we think he can run well,” Lundholm said.
“He can be a bit hot and cold but things have gone against him in races. He did hit the line really hard last start and he’s been trained for this race.”
Trainer Kim Waugh and Serg Lisnyy will be looking for more success together on Monday.Source:Getty Images
WAUGH SAY RIZZUTO TRIAL POINTS TO IMPROVED PERFORMANCE
Kim Waugh and Serg Lisnyy will have two chances to take their combined tally of wins to 40 at Newcastle on Monday via the four-year-old stablemates Rizzuto and Trojan Angel.
Lisnyy has ridden more winners for Waugh than any other trainer with a strike-rate of 16.7 per cent and when placings are added, that figure rises to 56.9 per cent.
The dynamic duo’s last winner came as recently as Thursday at Scone when Waugh’s superbly-bred and promising Jervis (Vancouver – Ygritte) won at Scone.
“Serg rides most of ours in the country and the provincials and he is riding very well,’’ Waugh said.
“He tries hard and he is getting good results. He comes here (to Wyong) a few mornings a week and does fast gallops, he’s a hard worker Serg.’’
Lisnyy’s has ridden the aforementioned Rizzuto only once for an underwhelming eighth at Muswellbrook at the horse’s second career start but a couple of recent impressive trials telegraph a much better outcome when he resumes in Monday’s New Zealand Bloodstock Maiden (1350m).
“I was really happy with his last trial,’’ Waugh said. “He is a bit of a tricky horse, he is very big and needs some room to move.
“He has just taken a while to get it all together.’’
Barrier 2 together with a step in distance could easily see the Frank and Christine Cook-owned mare Trojan Angel make a return to the winner’s stall first visited on June 5 at Taree.
“I thought her run last start was very good. Tommy (Berry) was happy with her and he thought things just didn’t work out perfectly but it still was a great run.
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“She is going very well and I think she will be very competitive.’’
Trojan Angel traces back to one of the icons of Australian racing.
Her ninth dam was a mare named Gloaming’s Sister, a dead give-away that her brother was none other than Gloaming who won 57 of his 67 starts, ran second nine times and fell at the other one.
Meanwhile, Waugh has picked out a race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday week for her hugely exciting French Bonnet.
The daughter of one-time Melbourne Cup favourite, Puissance De Lune bolted in for a second time winning at Gosford last week.
Originally published asDubbo preview: Lundholm poised to dominate at home
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