KEMBLA Grange trainer Paul Murray hopes to again make his presence felt at the Wagga Gold Cup carnival, starting with Sunday’s opening day.
The Murray stable have been regular visitors to the carnival over decades and will bring four horses to Sunday’s prelude meeting.
Direct Strategy will lead the charge in the $35,000 Magic Albert Murrumbidgee Cup (1800m), while Murray will have a two-pronged attack in the $30,000 Bede Murray Town Plate Prelude (1200m).
Murray will try and win the race named in father’s honour with Flash Fibian and Gold Horizon, while the Wagga-owned Griddlebone is the fourth of his runners in the $25,000 Audi Centre Wagga MTC Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Direct Strategy’s last two runs have been in $150,000 heats of the Provincial Championships over 1400m.
Direct Strategy loves the Wagga track and Murray rates the four-year-old as his best chance on Sunday.