Monnay looks set to cash in
Five-year-old gelding Monnay is a likely improver for the second day of the Wyndham Harness Racing Club's spring meeting tomorrow.
Monnay's fourth on the first day last Sunday was his first start for seven months. He got held up by a tiring runner at the 700m before running on late. His finishing sprint pleased Wyndham co-trainer Megan Irvine.
''He made up a large slice of ground from the 400m,'' she said yesterday.
''He should be improve with the run.''
Brendon McLellan will drive Monnay in the Titiroa Transport Ltd Handicap Trot.
Stablemates Knapdale Lady and John Of Arc are top prospects tomorrow for Knapdale training partners Colin Baynes and Robin Swain.
A problem with a hopple shortener pin led to Knapdale Lady breaking and losing all chance early at Wyndham last Sunday.
One of the pins came out in the score up, which forced Swain to release the other to keep the mare balanced. However, she broke when the paced eased after 500m.
''I usually leave them (pins) in for the first half to let her get settled,'' Swain said.
''She only needs a reasonable bit of luck and she's a winning chance (tomorrow).''
Knapdale Lady begins from No 1 in the Big Jim @ Alabar Pace. John Of Arc and two other promising 3-year-old Its Ollies Excuse and John Paul Jones are prospects for the SBS Bank Luxury Lodge Pace.
John Of Arc finished second at Wyndham last Sunday when having his first start. He preceded the placing with two workout wins and success in a qualifying trial.
Swain's brother, Murray, will tomorrow take his biggest team to a race meeting. His five runners are Cantthinkofaname, Elusive Flight, Seaview Gold, Ultimate Player and Composite.
Murray Swain thought Seaview Gold, entered for the Centrepoint/Southcity Liquorland Pace, was his best chance. The Washington VC gelding has not raced since May, but won an eight-horse workout at Winton on November 8.
''He feels like he's going to be a nice horse,'' Swain said.
Dream Away gelding Ultimate Player contests the feature race tomorrow, the $10,000 Hunter Family Pace. He got taken on in front on the first day and compounded to last of eight.
Elusive Flight is up to winning the SBS Bank Luxury Pace after one of his sulky wheel tubes came off the rim and wrapped around the axle.
''The tyre was flat from the 1100,'' Swain said.