Richard Litt can show what a great trainer he is a Wagga Wagga on Friday with wins in the two feature races.
Litt is attempting to get Mr Marathon Man to win the $200,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) off a 1400m seventh placing at Randwick.
That was off a six-week break following his Canberra Cup (2000m) triumph.
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Trainer Richard Litt has two genuine chances in the feature races at Wagga on Friday. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP
While he jumps up 600m in trip off his last run, he’s ready for it as Robbie Dolan gets back on and guides him out of barrier six.
“He’s going well at the moment. His first run back after the Canberra Cup win was exceptional and I’m very pleased with him,” Litt said.
“I think he’s fit enough to run 2000m at Wagga. He’s drawn perfectly for this and Robbie knows how to ride him so they’re all bonuses.
“I’ll leave tactics up to Robbie. He pulls that hard in his races so you’ve got to have him settled somewhere on the back of something.
“The track won’t be too rain-affected either so hopefully he’s in with a good chance but he can be a little tricky as we all know.”
Litt feels he’s got Mr Marathon Man in a good spot to go up so much in trip.
He ensured that he was given a bit to do in his six-week let-up.
“He’s had plenty of work and I didn’t really turn him out either. At Fernhill the trotted him and trained him out of a paddock for a while so he didn’t really have a break,” Litt said.
“He was just ticking over and holding his fitness. He’s a horse that you can’t turn out too long because he gets too fat.”
Black Duke is Litt’s hope in the $80,000 MTC Guineas (1600m) and he’s a current second favourite behind Maranoa.
Black Duke (left) is chasing a well deserved win in the MTC Guineas. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
He’s coming off a third placing in the Hawkesbury Guineas last Saturday and has thrived in his Warwick Farm stable this week.
“He was unlucky last Saturday but backing up won’t hurt him and he’s better this run than he was going into Hawkesbury,” Litt said.
“He’s carrying a bit of weight but with Nash (Rawiller) on he won’t be carrying much dead weight which is a positive and he looks to be the best horse in the race with the way they’ve rated him.”
Barrier one isn’t the best gate for Black Duke because he needs to be ridden cold.
He settled seventh of 10 in last Saturday’s race but even that was negative enough for Litt.
“He was probably ridden too far forward in the Hawkesbury Guineas,” he said.
“He needs to come from the back, especially over the mile. Hopefully there’s some good tempo and he can go back then get to the outside.
“I’ve seen them come from well back at Wagga and storm over the top of them.
“Nash has ridden him before so he knows the horse can be a bit funny. He just needs to get the right run on him.”
Two feature races wins would make the five-hour trip worth it.
“Anything’s possible but I’m not getting too far ahead of myself because it’s not easy,” Litt said.
DOLLY CAN GET THE LOLLIES AT GRAFTON
Mother Nature hasn’t been a friend to humans and horses on the NSW north coast this year but they starting to get past the wet weather and get back to their best.
Coffs Harbour trainer Paul Smith is hoping his mare Lolly Dolly is one of them ahead of her second-up run at Grafton on Friday.
The six-year-old is having her second run off a 27-week spell and ran a brave fourth last start under difficult circumstances.
Before that she was spelled after running 35 lengths last at Taree.
“I couldn’t find anything wrong. She had to be vetted and they said she was two out of five lame in the hind leg. I couldn’t see much wrong with her but I decided to give her a bit of a break,” Smith said.
“I was happy enough with the run at Grafton with a big weight after what’s been a buggered up preparation for everybody with all the wet tracks.
“It’s been a long campaign because of all the rain. We couldn’t get jump outs and it’s been the wettest year ever up here.
Trainer Paul Smith is expecting a big run from Lolly Dolly at Grafton on Friday.Source:News Regional Media
“She had a bit of time off so after this race we’ll be able to tell where we’re at with her.”
She held her own last start and has a better second-up record which will give her owners confidence.
“She will improve off that run because she needed it. I was happy with the way she loomed up but she just had enough over the last 80m,” Smith said.
“I expect her to race well. I know this is a bit stronger than last time but she drops a bit in weight and has a senior rider on now who knows her well.”
Smith wants jockey Raymond Spokes to be ridden to find a spot.
“You’d think she’d sit back and there’s plenty of speed in the race so with some luck we might be able to slot in somewhere,” Smith said.
“Mares need a run or two off a long break and she’s fitter now.”
Emergency Allez Blue isn’t going to run even if there’s scratchings in the second race.
“She probably won’t go around anyway because she didn’t really handle the heavy track at Coffs Harbour on debut,” Smith said.
Originally published asWagga, Grafton previews: Litt searching for Wagga Gold
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