Exceleration has Want confident
EVER the realist, hometown trainer Graeme Want knows his horse Extra Exceleration was lucky to win last time but is still confident of another strong showing at Grafton today.
Extra Exceleration will line-up as one of the favourites in the Iluka Motel Benchmark 60 (1200m) - a race which doubles as a heat of the Rising Stars series for apprentice riders.
Want, who only trains a couple of horses at Grafton, has Extra Exceleration firing at present and believes the gelding has improved since his last start win at Grafton.
"It was his second run back from a spell and I thought he may have been one run short of his best," Want said.
"He was still able to win, but there is no doubt Ibalance should have won the race.
"He finished third and was very unlucky and I meet him one kilogram worse."
Want has called on replacement apprentice Matthew McGuren to replace the suspended Anthony Allen.
The wide draw in gate 14 holds no fears for Want.
"He is a bit bad in the barriers so it suits for him to go in late," he said.
"It's a pretty even race. I think he will still be competitive."
Extra Exceleration has been consistent in only 12 career starts winning four and being placed on as many occasions.
There are plenty of chances outside of Extra Exceleraiton and Ibalance although bookmakers are likely to have the pair on top in betting.
Young apprentice jockey Mitch Hayward will again have the ride on Ibalance and his four kilogram claim, with luck in running, could prove significant.
Meanwhile, no one will begrudge trainer Colt Prosser any success that comes his way at the meeting as two of his maiden gallopers attempt to break a frustrating run of minor placings.
Prosser will saddle up three runners in the opening race - the WHK Maiden (1400m) - where Lynott rates as his best chance.
The galloper has been placed at six of 18 starts and is again a chance of finally breaking through.
Not to be outdone, stablemate Happy Rebel has been placed at eight of 11 and will line-up in the CRJC Grafton Event Centre Maiden (1100m).