IT has been a while, but Albury trainer Kym Davison will make the trek down the Hume highway with promising pair Back To The Bar and Real Calm tomorrow night.
Both will make their city debuts at Moonee Valley after resuming from spells at Wagga late last month.
It has been more than four years since Davison has had a city runner.
His handy grey galloper, Magivor, had his second last start at Sandown in 2010 before succumbing to a tendon complaint.
Back To The Bar was an impressive first-up winner at Wagga and will contest the $50,000 Handicap (1200m), ridden by Northern Territory apprentice Rian Mageean.
The race is part of a national apprentice jockey series involving jockeys from all states.
“There are no suitable races at the Albury meeting on Saturday so I thought I would send them around in their own age group in the city and claim a bit of weight relief by using an apprentice jockey,” Davison said.
“I couldn’t have been happier with the first-up run of Back To The Bar.
“He has done extremely well since the run and looks magnificent.
“We thought if Real Calm was going to run at Moonee Valley, we may as well take Back To The Bar as well.
“But we have copped the awkward draw in barrier 11.
“We will just have to see how he jumps and the kid will have to decide whether to push forward or, if he looks like getting caught wide, trying to slot in somewhere.”
Real Calm rises sharply in grade when she contests the $80,000 Handicap (1200m) with claiming apprentice Kayla Nesbitt aboard.
“Real Calm will roll forward with her light weight but it’s a lot stronger race than I was anticipating,” he said. “Hopefully she proves competitive.”
Stablemate Escebee will race at Bendigo on Saturday and drops from 60½-kilograms to 54½-kilograms after a narrow first-up defeat at Wagga.
“I think he can run a cheeky race with the pull in the weights,” he said.
“He has drawn in the middle of the field so he should be able to race close to the pace and prove very competitive.”
Davison said all three runners would likely target races over the two-day Albury carnival in a fortnight.