OTHER RACING NEWS:
WODONGA trainer Brian Cox has decided to bypass a first-up Melbourne Spring carnival assault with his smart galloper Sumakaray.
Cox has instead opted to launch a two-pronged assault with Sumakaray and Chinzia on Sunday’s $50,000 Weary Dunlop Hcp (1206m) at Benalla.
Sumakaray has been off the scene since running unplaced at Flemington in early May.
Chinzia was an impressive first-up winner of the Jerilderie Cup (1400m) in a terrific training performance by Cox.
Both gallopers trialled on their home track yesterday.
Sumakaray was an impressive trial winner while Chinzia finished second.
Both gallopers were ridden by regular track work rider Amber Comb.
The Weary Dunlop attracted 37 nominations with the final field to be declared early today comprising 14 runners plus four emergencies.
The stablemates are not guaranteed a start with Sumakaray ranked 15th and Chinzia 16th.
“The plan is head to Benalla as long as they draw well,” Cox said.
“Sumakaray did everything I expected of her in her trial.
“She ran pretty quick time and I’m pretty happy with where she is at heading into Sunday’s race.
“I would prefer if the two horses didn’t have to clash but sometimes it’s hard to avoid.
“But we have got two barrels loaded and hopefully we can go bang, bang.”
Sumakaray boasts a perfect first-up record with two previous wins at Wodonga and Seymour when resuming.
Cox is hoping the four-year-mare can measure up over the Melbourne Spring carnival after breaking through for her first city win at Moonee Valley last preparation.
Chinzia was also competitive in city class with several minor placings last campaign.
Cox said dropping back to 1200m after winning first-up over seven furlongs wouldn’t be an issue for Chinzia.
“I haven’t done much work with her and kept her nice and fresh with this race in mind,” he said.