Ready for Ballina after tough run in Brisbane
PETER Youngberry is hoping one of his charges can enjoy better luck and get back to winning ways at the latest Ballina race meeting.
Lismore trainer Youngberry has Mini Delago going in the main race tomorrow, the Greg Clark Building Cup (1305m).
The seven-year-old racked up consecutive wins at the track last month but could finish only fourth in a strong field at Eagle Farm last time out.
Despite missing a placing at the Brisbane track, Youngberry is optimistic.
"I am quietly confident," he said.
"It was not too disappointing (to go fourth) because it was such a hard run.
"She was wide coming around the bend, which made it tough. The jockey (Timothy Bell) said that if he had got her inside, she would have won.
"We were happy with how she went up there (and) she is going well."
The mare has accrued a decent record, with 10 placings from 27 starts.
It won twice in consecutive meetings at Ballina last month over 1300m and 1260m.
Jockey Laura Cheshire, who rode the horse to one of those wins, will again be in the saddle tomorrow.
Despite some tough opposition in prospect, Youngberry said he was confident the jockey could achieve further success.
"Laura had her first win on him," Youngberry said. "She is a good jockey and should go well.
"(The horse) seems to be thriving at the moment. She is in good shape.
"You cannot get too confident but hopefully she will get the win for us."
A useful field has been assembled for the race, the last of seven tomorrow.
Save A Buck, trained by Coffs Harbour's Trevor Hardy, could be worth a punt.
The hugely experienced campaigner, which has 29 placings from 64 outings, returned to form after a barren spell with a runner-up spot over 1300m at Ballina last month.
Meanwhile, Danny Bowen will be hoping to continue his good week with a victory for Haslington.
The six-year-old, which has a commendable 24 placings from 48 outings, also goes in the main race.
Ballina trainer Bowen enjoyed a win at Lismore on Tuesday with Eastline.
The seven-year-old bay gelding gets another outing tomorrow in the Taylex Wastewater Treatment Systems Benchmark 60 Handicap (1905m).
Racing gets under way at 11.10am. Gates open at 10am.