While local trainer Ron Stubbs has a decent sized team heading to the races at Albury on Monday there’s one he’ll be watching with great interest, one which holds a place close to his heart.
Yousay Bolt runs in the last race on the card, a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1175m), and aims for win five at start 23.
“She’s probably our favourite horse in the stable,” Stubbs said.
The six-year-old Bel Esprit mare hasn’t placed this time in but has run close to the winner in higher grade races at her first two runs before a disappointing seventh last start.
Stubbs thinks she can bounce back today with John Kissick on from barrier five.
“We went to the races with her happy but maybe the Canberra track was a bit shifty, I’m not sure. We’ll know more after this race,” Stubbs said.
“Her Country Championships run was superb when basically first-up over 1400m.
“If I knew we were going to run 11th I wouldn’t have started but if I knew we were going to run three lengths off the winner I would’ve thought we might have qualified.
“She wasn’t beaten far and we thought we were back on track with her then she was disappointing at Canberra but her trackwork has been fine so we’re putting a line through it.”
Baledon kicks off the day for Stubbs in the opening race and the three-year-old has shown plenty of promise with a second and first at his first two runs.
“Mine’s extra small (Baledon) but he just goes out there and does it. He went into his first race underdone without a trial or jump out,” Stubbs said.
“He probably ran the race we thought he would up until the 200m where I thought he’d run out of petrol but he just kicked.”
Stubbs thinks if Baledon can beat Brenlyn’s Trooper then he’ll go a long way to winning the opener.
“Sylvia Thompson’s horse (Brenlyn’s Trooper) will be hard to beat. It ran second at its second start in Melbourne so you can’t ignore that form,” Stubbs said.
“We’d like to keep it going but there’s some tough opposition there.”
Stubb’s stable representatives Caleb and Sandblast take each other on in the third race and both need to lift to win.
“They both need to improve but they’re only having their second and third starts,” Stubbs said.
“I was happy with Caleb’s race at Wagga and it’s only the second prep.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Sandblast. He’s not racing up to what he’s showing at home so we’ll give him this run then give him a break and go on from there.”
Crackle Time resumes in the fifth race, a Maiden Plate (900m), and she hasn’t been seen since running eighth at Wagga in October.
Her best run was a close fourth placing on debut in September and Stubbs spelled her to give her time to mature.
He’s waiting for the penny to drop with the filly who is more talented than her short record to date shows and Mathew Cahill takes the ride out of gate four.
“There were no real reasons for the spell. Her first start in a race was very encouraging and she really hit the line hard which is something we didn’t see at trackwork,” he said.
“She’s a bit quirky too so we’ll judge her after the race. She’ll get back and run on.”
Originally published asStubbs hopes for turnaround
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