Strada’s Diamond set to sparkle at Albury twilight meet

ALBURY Racing Club has attracted good sized fields for its eight-race TAB twilight meeting tomorrow.

The $15,000 Benchmark 65 Handicap (1400 metres) is the feature race with competitive field of 12 runners.

The Brett Cavanough-trained Strada’s Diamond will be searching for her third consecutive win but faces some stiff opposition in Minnesota Hussle, Lateandknewit, Alerted, Jo Jo Girl and Waitaha Prophecy.

Strada’s Diamond will also have to overcome the hurdle of barrier 11 and may have to do plenty of work early in the race as she prefers to race on the speed.

The first race starts at 2.28pm with the final race set for 6.55pm.

The club is offering a Crown lager promotion where patrons can buy $3 Crownies if an Albury trainer lands a winner until the following race.

Patrons will be hoping Albury trainers Brett Cavanough, Kevin Hanley, John Taylor, Ray Steer, Rob Wellington, John Whitelaw, and Natalie Loy can land their fair share of winners with Crownies sure to be popular in the hot conditions.

Trainers are advised that with a high temperature of 41 degrees predicted tomorrow, horses engaged to compete at the meeting are only required on course one hour prior to their scheduled race start time.

Former Benalla jockey Peter Robl will miss the lucrative Albury carnival in March after suffering a serious injury in a race fall at Scone on January 16.

Robl lost all feeling in his arms and legs for 20 minutes after being thrown from In My Image shortly after the start.

He was flown to the nearby Newcastle hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

Although cleared of any serious spinal injury, Robl faces three months on the sidelines as he recovers.

RICHARD Bensley is another jockey who faces an extended stint on the sidelines.

The Goulburn-based Bensley broke his left wrist in a race fall at Albury’s most recent meeting on January 18 and is expected to miss five weeks.

Before the setback Bensley had been riding in terrific fashion to be firmly entrenched inside the top five jockeys in the Southern District jockeys premiership race.