Jim ready for Riverton
Uncle Jim's training points to him racing well in the Saddlery Warehouse Handicap at Riverton today.
Ascot Park trainer Sally McKay reckoned Uncle Jim was the best prospect among her eight runners for the Riverton Racing Club's new summer race meeting.
''He's working brilliantly,'' McKay said yesterday.
''Second-up on a wet track tripped him last time, he'll be right (today).''
McKay trains Uncle Jim for Invercargill businessman Louis Crimp, who will also have Gallivant starting in the Torresdale Suffolk Stud Handicap.
His performance would determine whether he competes in the $25,000 Invercargill Gold Cup or rating 75 2100m at Ascot Park on Saturday week, McKay said.
Gallivant has only raced once in the past six and a-half weeks and is carrying some condition.
McKay predicts bright futures for Saperavious (The Pavillion Colac Bay Maiden) and first starter Storm Uru (Mrs Clark's Cafe Maiden).
''I rate her (Saperavious) quite highly, she's shown me plenty.''
Storm Uru's namesake, formerly of Invercargill, won a bronze medal in rowing at the London Olympics last year. The racehorse, Storm Uru won at the Wyndham trials on January 28,
''I wouldn't be surprised if he went a big race (today),'' McKay said.
Irish Wit and Lord Yarborough are the stable's entries for the McCallums Drycleaning Handicap, but the former is in doubt with sore hooves.
Lord Yarborough broke through for a maiden win at Omakau on January 3 and in his only start since, was trapped wide and faded to ninth at Gore on January 19.
Sandfly, to be ridden by apprentice Taminder Kahlon, has pleased in training but is racing out of his class in the McKenzie Menswear Handicap.
Kung Fu Panda, unraced for six and a-half weeks, lines up in the Donald White Hedge Cutting Maiden.
''He's a bit of a dummy and will probably need the run,'' McKay said.
Jamie Searle's tips:
Race 1: The Bodyguard, Be Ma, Just The Truth.
Race 2: Ruby's Rose, Rotar, Queens Habit.
Race 3: Reddy To Razzle, Marlin Monroe, Whare Creek.
Race 4: Venetian Raider, Conscious Mistake, All Spice.
Race 5: Tullibardine, Tom Dooley, Robert Brook.
Race 6: Lucille, Lezani, Maitland Grey.
Race 7: The Gordonian, Luv Da Bling, Phil Wenneck.
Race 8: Uncle Jim, Marechal, Mind Reader.
Best bet: Lucille.
Longshot: Krissies Choice (R8).
* Stable changes
Race 3: Writteninthestars, from Dean and Donna Logan (Ruakaka) to Phyllis Sinclair (Lawrence).
Race 4 Sandfly, from Emma Stackhouse (Woodend) to Sally McKay (Ascot Park).
* Gear changes
First start with a tongue tie: Yamission (R1), Turniton (R3).
First start in side winkers: Varvara (R2), Geoff's Back (R5).
First start in blinkers: Turniton (R3), Marlin Monroe (R3).
First start in shadow roll: Lord Yarborough (R6).
* Trial form
Race 2: Storm Uru, 1st Wyndham, January 28.
Race 3: Polly's Sister, 3rd Wyndham, January 28; Bechtolsheimer, 1st Wyndham, January 28; Risky Flight, 3rd Wyndham, December 16.
* Stipes' file
Race 1: The Bodyguard, Wingatui, Saturday: Raced wide throughout. Be Ma, Riccarton, January 31: Saddle shifted badly near 1200m, pulled up.
Race 2: Rikho, Gore, January 24: Raced wide throughout.
Race 3: Whare Creek, Gore, January 24: Held up on final bend and early in the run home. Saperavious, Gore, January 19: Hampered at start. Laid in throughout the run home.
Race 4: The Jester, Gore, January 24: Raced wide throughout.
Race 5: Robert Brook, Gore, January 24: Raced in restricted room in home straight.
Race 6: Lord Yarborough, Gore, January 19: Raced wide throughout. She'z A Prima Donna, Gore, January 24: Crowded and buffeted at start. Lezani, Wingatui, Saturday: Slow to begin. Held up for some distance from 400m.
Race 7: The Gordonian, Wingatui, Saturday: Raced wide throughout.
Race 8: She'z A Virtuoso. Gore, January 24: Raced wide throughout.
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