Local trainer Gavin Groth has two good chances lining up in the seventh race on the card at Gunnedah and is looking forward to the return of Annie’s Street and better luck for Malzoom.
The two clash in a Class 3 over 1250m and Annie’s Street is looking to sprint well fresh and she’s had a lone second placing from four first-up attempts.
“She’s never won first-up but she’s consistent and she tries hard,” Groth said. “She’s come back in really well so I do expect him to run very well first-up. But in saying that, it’s the sort of race that’s tailor-made for Malzoom.”
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Annie Street’s six-year-old stablemate Malzoom has run a couple of placings and a sixth last start when coming out of barrier 13 and trying to lead all the way at his home track. He faded to run seven lengths off the winner He’s Our Toy Boy, but expect a bounce back from barrier four.
“He’s got a good barrier for once after being crucified with really wide gates and he’s really got in well at the weights and the trip suits,” Groth said. “I do expect him to fight the finish out.
Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn. Picture: Scott PowickSource:Supplied
“He’s my best hope of the day because of his gate. He’s not a big horse either and he gets a light weight so if he’s rated well in front he’ll be hard to catch.”
Danspur runs for Groth in the last on the card after running second last start and he’s looking for his fourth win at his home track. He races against stablemate About Time who has got a wide gate.
“He’s going well and if you have a look at what he’s done it’s all on his home track,” Groth said.
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“He does get the visitors’ draw though as does About Time who ran a good race in a cup a fortnight ago at a mile.
“It is an advantage when you race them at home with no travel and they know where they’re at so they do perform a bit better.”
Groth is sweating on one scratching in the fourth race so Raglan gets a run first-up.
He didn’t do much last preparation, which was his first under Groth, but that should be ignored.
“I hope he gets a run because I pointed him at that race from the time I brought him back in,” Groth said.
“He spelled well and was in much need of it. He had three quick runs for me and there was a lot of unknowns because COVID hit and we raced him on a heavy track at Tamworth and it ended in tears.
“He was flattened off that but he’s had a good spell and has worked up well. He trialled at Gunnedah a fortnight ago and it was good.
“He did what we asked of him and he’s come on well since it.”
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Matthew Dunn has accepted with 13 runners at Murwillumbah on Monday and says stable recruit Pieloce is his best.
The daughter of Pierro and Group 3 SAJC National Stakes winner Vivi Veloce has raced five times, all of them with her previous trainer Bjorn Baker, including a debut win at Kembla in November last year.
“Obviously it is her prep with me and I don’t know her very well but from what I have seen of her at home and in her trial, she is a fair bit better than where she is going on Monday.
Pierro with her first foal. Picture: Peter LorimerSource:News Corp Australia
She will end up at least Brisbane Saturday grade,’’ Dunn said.
“She has got lots of talent and maybe she is a bit more settled at home than what she has been in the past because she has been at city tracks.
“We will see how she races of course but her trial was really strong and she ran good time and was never, ever asked to quicken. One trial is good for her because she doesn’t carry huge amounts of weight.’’
Dunn trained the first four winners the last time they raced at Murwillumbah and is in line to ‘bookend’ Monday’s meeting with a couple of horses in the Darby Bloodstock colours.
First of the duo to race is Uprise who has been costly to follow with eight placings from 14 starts and the beaten favourite four times.
That said, Uprise has only had three runs for Dunn and went within a whisker of winning first time out under the new management.
“He chases really well but as soon as he gets to the front he sort of floats and looks around and does all the things to get himself beat,” Dunn explained.
“I would like to see him, not all the way back, but if we can ride him just behind the speed and wait, wait, wait, and then give him the last shot.
“The talent is there. It’s just getting him to focus a bit better.”
As for Divine Diva, this (almost) three-quarter-sister to Criterion is set to peak after a couple of near misses at her first two runs for Dunn. “She just needs a bit of luck but it looks the right race,” he said.
Originally published asGunnedah, Murwillumbah previews: Groth’s double chance
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