TRAINER Andrew Dale is upbeat about the chances of Gotta Want It at Albury on Tuesday after a nice debut earlier this month.
Gotta Want it is set to contest the $22,000 Maiden Hcp, (1400m) with apprentice Josh Richards aboard.
The three-year-old filly finished second on debut on her home track, beaten just under two lengths.
Dale said his recent stable acquisition was originally sold as a broodmare.
“So we had to get her registered to race and then won a trial at Wagga before she raced.
“I thought her debut performance at Albury was really good.”
Dale said he expected his filly to benefit from the experience of having her first race start.
“She got a little bit on the toe in the parade ring and fractious behind the gates last time,” he said.
“So just with that race day experience I think will stand her in good stead on Tuesday.”
Dale said racing on a rain affected track won’t be an issue with the track expected to be a soft (6).
“It was a soft (6) last start and I thought she handled the going no problems,” he said.
“She steps-up to the 1400m from the 1175m and has got a sticky gate (11) to overcome.
“But hopefully she can settle somewhere close to the pace and be hitting the line when it counts.”
Dale made a successful trip to Canberra on Friday with Parliament.
Parliament notched his third consecutive victory in the $40,000 Benchmark 70 Hcp, (2000m) with apprentice Billy Owen aboard.
Dale said the four-year-old gelding would now head to the spelling paddock after winning four of five starts this preparation.
Today is most likely to be Dale’s final meeting at Albury before he relocates to Wangaratta next month.
Words: Brent Goode
Picture: The Border Mail