READY TO ROLL: Jockey Matthew Paget after winning a race in Coffs Harbour last year.
READY TO ROLL: Jockey Matthew Paget after winning a race in Coffs Harbour last year. Trevor Veale

Paget to ride three strong contenders

3YO MAIDEN: Matthew Paget is always looking for trainers who turn their horse out ready to win.

You want to get the best out of any horse, but training is only half the battle; they have to get over the line too.

Tomorrow, Paget will

take to the track on the

top three of Southgate

trainer Cathy Chapman's horses; Howick, Dramatic Moments and Desert Rush, and Paget said Champan knew how to get the best out of a horse.

"I can't say I've had a lot to do with Howick,” he said.

"I have jumped her out on the track, and she jumped out pretty good that day.”

He said the bay filly was a good chance of winning.

"I think she's the best horse in the race,” he said.

"The only thing that would bring her undone is if she's not 100 per cent fit, but she's very close to it.

"She might be a bit weak on the line but I think it's on form and ability, and she's

got it.”

Howick, who is coming off two second placings on the Sunshine Coast, has been lucky in the barrier draw, and has come in at a low weight, which Paget said would help in the Ford and Dougherty Property Maclean 3YO Maiden Plate (1600m).

Dramatic Moments will take on the Class 2 Handicap (1610m) coming off a second place last month.

Paget said the chestnut filly was only just behind Midnight Hustler at the 1400m race and with the extra 200m, there will be time to pick up the pace.

Chapman's other horse Dramatic Moments, came third in the same race, and Paget was positive about its chances.

"All three of them are all good, solid rides,” he said.

This will be Paget's final race meeting in Grafton for the year, but he said it was one of his favourites because of the family feel.

"The race course has a kids club on that day, it's a real family day,” he said.

"We want to try and get as many people out to the races... this is a really good meeting.

"If we can get parents

keen to bring their kids

out and show them racing, maybe there are future trainers and jockeys amongst them.”



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