Orange trainer Debbie Beuzeville rates her horses even chances in the WIN Television Orange and District Race Club Trophy Cup (1600m) at Towac Park today.
Five-year-old geldings Dusty Warrior and Spanish Beggar both have “pretty good chances” in the feature race of the picnic meeting according to Beuzeville.
On paper Dusty Warrior, allotted 62.5kg and to be ridden by amateur jockey Luke Pepper, looks the better bet with wins in Narromine and Parkes and a second in Orange, all over 1600m in his past three starts.
But Beuzeville refused to rule Spanish Beggar, ridden by Ben Duggan and carrying top-weight of 64kg, out of the running.
Beuzeville said the extra weight the geldings will be carrying in the picnic race shouldn’t affect their chances.
“They do most of their track work with a heavier rider anyway,” she said.
There will be six horses in the picnic cup, with Beuzeville saying the whole day of racing has attracted good fields.
“The picnic cup is a pretty strong field, but the whole day is too,” she said. “Usually there aren’t that many nominations for a picnic meeting, but there is this year.”
Beuzeville said the Orange City Centre Class 3 Picnic Trophy (1600m) was a particularly strong field.
Beuzeville will have five-year-old gelding Kawaree in the class three race, which will be the last race of the six-card meeting.
The gelding has not been out of the placings in his past three starts since being trained by Beuzeville.
Racing will start at 1.40pm today with the Picnic Cup to be staged at 5.15pm.
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