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Track in top shape

Saturday, 15th March, 2014

By Ethan James

Track curator Mick Wayman says the racecourse is in the best possible shape ahead of the eight-race St Pat’s Day program.

A heavy downpour a few weeks ago added much-needed moisture to the ground, meaning a fast surface can be expected for today’s races.

“It’s very fair and even and I’d describe it as a good sand track,” he told the BDT.

“There shouldn’t be any complaints, it’s basically as good as you can get it.”

“The rain did it wonders.”

Showers are forecast for this afternoon but Wayman said the course’s drainage is well equipped to cope.

“It won’t worry us at all ... in fact, the more water it gets, the faster it goes,” Wayman said.

Wayman also has two horses in the field.

First Defence will run in the 1200 metre Class Three Handicap, while Scarbank has drawn Barrier One in the Outback Sprint.

“Both have got good favourable draws but they’re probably in need of a run,” Wayman said.

First Defence finished fourth in last year’s Silver City Cup and earned a second place at Balranald and third at Hay in its two meets since.

“His form has been excellent but it’s a pretty strong field ... I think he’s a chance of getting a place though.”

According to Weather Zone, there is an 80% chance of rain, while the expected maximum is 35 degrees.

“We’ll give it one final water tomorrow morning and then in between races as well,” Wayman said.

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