Wodonga Boxing Day ready for the crowds 

WODONGA trainer Peter Maher has rated reliable galloper Minnesota Hussle his best chance of snaring a win at his home track’s Boxing Day meeting this afternoon.

Maher could be a key player at home today, with the Wodonga trainer poised to unleash at least four runners on the six-race card.

Minnesota Hussle finished fourth last start, on Wodonga Cup day, and looks the one to beat in a small field of four.

But Maher, who said nothing was certain on Boxing Day, wasn’t taking anything for granted.

“He’s back to the mile for the first time in a while, so we’ll have to wait and see how we go,” he said.

“The field is only small, so it’s hard to judge.

“Hopefully we can get a winner or two on the day.”

Blu Cheval, Brigadoon Mist and Orange Gun are Maher’s other live chances, with five-year-old gelding Evasive Action still not certain to get a start as an emergency in the final race of the day.

A bumper crowd is expected to flock to Wodonga Turf Club today, with the Boxing Day meet always proving popular among racegoers.

Tom O’Connor, the race club’s general manager, is expecting the trend to continue.

“All is set for a great day for Wodonga’s premier social event of the year,” O’Connor said.

“Attendees won’t be disappointed. The inclusion of the deck on the main straight will be the place to be to catch up and socialise with friends.

“It’s fitting people flocked to Wodonga’s inaugural race meeting in 1873 on Boxing Day. The tradition still continues some 140 years on.”

Dysons Bus Services will provide transport to and from the track, with departure times as follows: 12pm — Birallee; 12.10pm — Water Tower; 2.30pm — QE2 Square; 2.40pm — Water Tower; — 1pm — Birallee; 1.10pm — Water Tower.

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