Bandit chases more booty
GRAFTON mare Bandit Queen is out to make it three in a row.
Trainer Mark Lynch will look to maintain the five-year-old's unblemished preparation when he takes her to Coffs Harbour today.
After back-to-back wins over the kilometre journey at Ballina (BM60) on November 23 and Grafton (C3) on November 6, Bandit Queen opened the betting as $4.20 favourite for today's race.
Lynch is confident everything about the race points in Bandit Queen's favour, even the step up to 1203 metres.
"The 1200 will suit her," Lynch said. "She'll get up to 1400 this mare, or maybe even the mile.
"She always jumps out good, hope they run along a bit and she'll just be handy."
A win today will put Bandit Queen in line to achieve the wishes of connections and earn a race in Brisbane.
Bandit Queen will start from barrier five, outside Lucky Ima Cugat ($6).
Another Grafton runner, Great Heart ($8), trained by Peter Sinclair and boom Wayne Wilkes-trained filly Rinn Pierre ($8) shape up as the other main rivals.
Apprentice Kasey Stanley will again ride Bandit Queen on what is predicted to be a slow track at Coffs.
"She's won on all surfaces and Kase is riding really well and knows this mare," Lynch said.
However, Lynch is hoping the track dries out for one of his other runners, More Than Irish.
The Class 3 Handicap (1603m) topweight and bookies favourite at $5 might not even make the trip.
"Irish won't go if it's heavy," he said.
"Don't want too much rain for Irish."
Meanwhile, Lynch also has Romp It In running in the first, the Maiden Plate over 1002 metres.
Romp It In is another major chance, starting at $5, second favourite behind Sue Grills-trained Flight In Spacce ($4).