Boxing day races: Souquet set for day out

LEADING Border hoop Nick Souquet says it’s usually best to expect the unexpected in racing, but even more so on Boxing Day at Wodonga.

Souquet shapes as a major player at Wodonga today, with the star jockey landing five plum rides in the six-race Boxing Day meeting.

Souquet, a regular performer on the Border, will ride Peter Maher-trained maidens Brigadoon Mist ($4.60) and The Enforcer ($5) in the first two races before boarding Gerald Egan-trained duo Lord Wolsey ($4.20) and Cashmere Miss ($6.50) in the last two.

But Souquet, also booked to ride Reaction Man ($7.50) in the third, isn’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s always a great day at Wodonga on Boxing Day but you never know quite what to expect,” Souquet said.

“It’s probably not the classiest meeting and there are a few horses where the jury is still out.

“You’ve certainly got to ride them the right way.

“It’s a great meeting to be involved in, though.”

Souquet, who has ridden winners in three of his past six starts, couldn’t separate his rides today.

He said his form had been OK in the lead-up to the meeting.

“There is probably not really a standout ride,” he said.

“The two of Gerald Egan’s look like they will be good chances but, as I said, they’ve got to be ridden the right way.

“I’ve got some decent rides so hopefully I can keep ticking along.

“They forget about you pretty quickly in this game if you don’t.”

The first race starts at 1.44pm, with the last set to jump at 4.46pm.