The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By An­drew John­ston

THE BIG­GEST day on the Aus­tralian rac­ing cal­en­dar is a lit­tle more than 24 hours away.

While the eyes of the na­tion are glued to Flem­ing­ton at 3pm, every race across the na­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for some­one to at­tach their name to glory.

And the Echuca event — one of the big­gest in coun­try rac­ing every year — will be no dif­fer­ent.

All train­ers will be look­ing to make a ma­jor im­pact, with lo­cal train­ers hop­ing to pro­duce on their home track.

Jim Lake will be look­ing for that kind of suc­cess with South Ar­bor.

The four-year-old geld­ing will be look­ing for its first win in its fourth start un­der Lake.

Though re­cent form would be an in­di­ca­tor he is on the right track.

‘‘We’ve given him some short runs to be­gin with,’’ Lake said.

‘‘He ran two fourths at Swan Hill and Echuca early in Oc­to­ber as we were try­ing to get him ad­justed to run­ning again.’’

Then 11 days ago, he showed just what he was ca­pa­ble of, fin­ish­ing sec­ond by a head to Sin­gle Handed at Echuca.

And Lake thinks to­mor­row’s meet­ing may be the mo­ment.

‘‘He will go hor­ri­bly close if he doesn’t win,’’ Lake said.

‘‘The only thing is the weather, we don’t know how he will run on a wet track if we do get a bit of rain. But I’m not go­ing to scratch him, we are go­ing to find out what he can do if it does get a bit wet.’’

South Ar­bor trans­ferred from Rob­bie Grif­fiths to Lake in April, with Lake say­ing he had al­ways be­lieved in South Ar­bor’s abil­ity. ‘‘I al­ways liked him,’’ Lake said. ‘‘He has a strong pedi­gree, I be­lieved that he needed a bit more ground and I think we have shown that.

‘‘He just needs to re­lax a bit, he pulls a bit at times but he is work­ing very well and I’m re­ally happy.’’

South Ar­bor will be far from the only lo­cal chance, with 17 lo­cal horses run­ning, and at least one lo­cal horse com­pet­ing in every race on the day.

Lake will also run Storm Ap­proach in race four.

Gwenda John­stone will run April Son In Cuba in race one, Keep It Classy in race two and Fight­ing Shadow in race four.

Nicksy Boy in race two, Re­gal Reece in race three, Arel­lano in race four and Maria Elisa in race seven will take the track for Rhys Ar­chard, while Bonville in race five and Blue Jan­gles in race six have Daryl Ar­chard con­fi­dent of two win­ners.

Ex­treme Torque and Yu­maskah in race three, I’m The Boss in race four, My­word­saidthe­bird in the sixth and Left Jay­bee Out in the sev­enth will carry the flame for the Cor­nish Gaskin sta­ble.

Round­ing out the lo­cals will be Our Free Will in the sev­enth for Tayne Davies.

With a stacked card, the day of rac­ing could be a dom­i­nant one for the lo­cals.

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