Stephen Aldridge planning a country raid

STEPHEN Aldridge hopes a rare trip to Towong will end a frustrating run of outs for his Wodonga stable.

Set to Run and Rocky Do will carry the stable’s hopes today at the annual Squizzy Taylor race day.

It has been almost six months since the stable has had a winner and to add insult to injury one of its two runners at the Wodonga Boxing Day meeting was a late scratching when stewards were unable to find a replacement jockey.

But Aldridge is hopeful a change of plan will help Set to Run perform in the main race on the program today.

“We’ve mixed things up with him, kept him to swimming and trotting and really haven’t done a lot on the track,” he said.

“He’s been a little disappointing this time in — just behind the placegetters but not really taking the next step.

“We thought he was going to develop into a handy horse this preparation but that hasn’t happened and this is probably his best chance of breaking through.”

Reigning Southern District premiership-winning jockey Nick Souquet will take the ride on both Aldridge-trained runners, with Rocky Do lining up in the last.

The three-year-old grey gelding has only been to the races once before, finishing at the tail of the field in the Jack Maher Classic and will wear blinkers for the first time.

“We raced him in the two-year-old race at Wodonga and he pulled up shin sore so we turned him out again,” Aldridge said.

“He has filled out a bit more since then and I was happy with the way he trialled the other day.”

Aldridge took a runner to the Towong Cup meeting earlier this year but said that was a rarity.

“You have to go where you think your horses can win a race and so it’s the first time we have taken a couple of runners up there,” he said.

“It’s a lovely l track but you need to be in the first three coming to the corner to be any chance.”

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