Wagga carnival opening not a good day for Kym Davison

ALBURY trainer Kym Davison is hoping for better luck over the Wagga carnival than he had at the barrier draw yesterday.

Davison will saddle-up five runners over the two days with Direct Response and Dudley Breeze handed barriers 14 and 13 for tomorrow’s opening day.

He didn’t fare much better for Friday with Escebee (7), Cloverleaf (13) and Back To The Bar (20) who are also going to need their fair share of luck after drawing awkwardly.

“They haven’t made it easy for me, but that’s racing,” Davison said.

Recent stable addition Cloverleaf has accepted for a maiden race tomorrow but will instead tackle the $40,000 3YO Guineas, (1600 metres) on Friday with Simon Miller booked to ride.

Cloverleaf had three unplaced runs for Sydney trainer Peter Snowden before Davison bought the galloper last month for a local syndicate.

The three-year-old gelding finished runner-up at Wagga in his first start for the stable and drops to the limit weight of 54 kilograms in the Guineas.

“He is only a small horse so we decided to tackle the Guineas because if he went around in the maiden on Thursday he would have had to carry 58½-kilograms and drew barrier 16,” he said.

“He is looking for a mile which should prove to be his pet distance looking at his breeding.

“The Guineas is a fair rise in grade being a maiden horse, but I think he is a nice honest horse who should be able to go through his grades hopefully.”

Davison said it would pay to forgive the last start performance at Bendigo of Escebee who will contest the $20,000 Class 3 Hcp, (1000 metres).

Escebee finished at the tail of the field after struggling to handle the Victorian way of going.

The promising sprinter is a winner of three of his six career starts and has also run two minor placings.

“It was a total forgive run,” he said.

“He jumped from the barriers on the wrong leg and just hung out all the way.

“He was going to race over the Albury carnival but once the track was going to be rain-affected we didn’t accept.

“So he had a bit of a freshen-up and has been working well.

“It looks a nice race for him and as long as we don’t get too much rain I expect him to be thereabouts.”