Home track hope to bring change of fortune
BMK 68: Trainer John Shelton will be hoping that a run on Go Dragon's home track will bring about a change of fortunes for the tried and tested gelding when he enters the barrier for the Benchmark 68 Showcase Handicap.
Since returning to the track after a 32 week spell in December, Go Dragon has posted some disappointing results, the best of which was a fourth place in the Hec's Small Motor Klinic Glen Innes Cup in January.
"Last run was awful, he just had no luck,” Shelton said.
"He was on his way up and then had no luck at Armidale, just got caught wide and couldn't come back. I'm hoping he will improve on Sunday, being back on is home track should help a bit.
Racing over his preferred distance of 1700m, Rachael Murray will be in the saddle for the first time on Go Dragon since April last year.
After 38-start in a three-year long career, which didn't start until 2014 after health problems kept him from making his racing debut after first trialling in 2011, Shelton said he was taking things "day by day” with the eight-year-old bay gelding.
With trainers and owners alike concerned over the hot temperatures predicted for Sunday, Shelton said the heat wouldn't prevent the race program from being run.
"I hope that it doesn't get too hot, otherwise there might not even be a meeting,” he said.
"The welfare of the horses is the main thing, so that's what we've got to look out for.”
Shelton also has Spinning Quarters listed as an emergency in the Country Championships Qualifier.