Fortune rides on Sunday race meeting at Murwillumbah
LEO Clapham is hoping his charges Jigsaws and Genaperu can help him enjoy a change of fortune.
The two are due to line up in the $15,000 Harding's Earthmoving Benchmark 60 Handicap (1200m) at this Sunday's Murwillumbah meeting.
Casino trainer Clapham, who also works out of the Ballina stables, has endured a lean time recently.
"I think my last seven runners have gone unplaced," he said.
"It's frustrating, but you just have to wipe the frustration out of your mind and keep going.
"I was born and bred at Murwillumbah (and) my luck has to change somewhere. Hopefully it's here."
Jigsaws, who will be ridden on Sunday by Cassandra Schmidt, has gone winless since June.
The six-year-old gelding has a decent pedigree, though, with five wins and 22 other placings in 54 outings.
Clapham is hoping the distance will suit his campaigner, who has been unspectacular since returning from an 11-week spell in November.
"I was thinking about going up to 2000m with him, but I've brought him back down to 1200m," he said. "When he's been running (at 2000m) he just seems to stop a little towards the finish. Maybe it's too far for him at the moment.
"He has won at 1400m so this might suit him better."
Clapham only took charge of Genaperu a few months ago.
The seven-year-old gelding is no mug at this level, with six wins and seven other placings in a 50-race career.
Best bet for the race looks like Matthew Dunn's Ten Gauge, which has gone well and trialled impressively since returning from a 19-week spell in November.
Seven races are on the card and action starts at 1.45pm.