Sky is the limit for Stewart's horse
CLASS 3 HANDICAP: Push the Sky Away's trainer Neville Stewart is confident he's got a competitive horse.
The 4-year-old bay mare will take On The Big River Air Class 3 Handicap today with jockey Craig Franklin at the reins.
"It's a pretty good race,” Stewart said.
"She's been very competitive right through and I would expect her to race every well.”
The 1406m race will be Push the Sky Away's third start back after a 16 week spell.
"The further she goes, the better she goes,” Stewart said.
"She's drawn a very good barrier and she's well in herself.
"She's just the type of horse you'd like to train.”
In her first fun back at Grafton, the mare pulled up fifth, and in her last race, she made it into the winners circle at third.
"She was up and just got beat over a length, it was an extremely good run,” Stewart said.
"She's done well since, I'm expecting her to race in the finish somewhere Monday.”
Stewart said Franklin was a good jockey.
"He's rode her for work once or twice, but this is the first time he'd has a race of her,” he said.
"He's as good as the rest of them around the place.”
Stewart is aiming to take Push the Sky Away to the July Carnival.
"We always look at the July Carnival,” he said.
"I trained here many years ago and the July Carnical has always been pretty good to me.”
Push the Sky Away will break out of barrier 1 today at 2.35pm.
She has weighed in at 55kgs with a benchmark of 59.