Casino a test for Birney's stable

SUE BIRNEY unleashes half of her stable today – and it's about time.

The Ballina trainer will saddle up three runners at Casino while her husband Graeme will travel to Ipswich to oversee the run of Ziazan.

Like most other trainers on the Northern Rivers Birney has been left with a stable full of horses in need of a run after a series of washed-out meetings in the last month.

She hopes that one of her charges can break through today but more than that, she hopes racing's administrators can come up with a plan to stop the backlog of horses needing a run.

“They just need to have a look at the size of the fields – we are being left out,” Birney said. “Sydney meetings are attracting 10 runners in a race while in the country we are seeing 80 or 90 horses getting balloted out of races. It's not rocket science.”

Birney wants more country race meetings to cater to the country stables which pours dollars, and lifetimes, into the industry.

She won't get that today, and probably not any time soon, but she might get a winner with Roses Rose, Tamilda and Intoxicated all chances in today's Casino meeting.

Roses Rose – a maiden – would be a particularly sweet win for the Birneys as Sue trained its mother Rose By Rose to win 19 races in the area.

Last time out the three-year-old was beaten into fifth place but the John Shelton-trained Boldera, who finished second in that race, has since blasted away a field to win by 3.5 lengths at Grafton to give Roses Rose hope.

Shovhog mare Tamilda is probably less chance to notch its second win – its first, and last, came in December of 2008.

And Intoxicated, son of Lonhro, needs to break its duck to avoid being labelled a non-winner.



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