Debutants to grace turf at Echuca
Echuca trainers Dennis Oliver and Daryl Archard will unleash new charges at their home track tomorrow.
Echuca Racing Club’s September 11 meeting will kick off with a bang when the Oliver-trained Jungaburra jumps in the first race of the day, a 3YO Maiden Plate over 1300m.
It will be the three-year-old gelding’s first start and comes off a first place at a recent jump out at Bendigo on August 31.
With Craig Atkinson his jockey, Oliver said tomorrow’s race was all about getting Jungaburra into the mix.
“It’s his first run and he’ll probably go better when he gets out over more ground, but you’ve got to start somewhere,” Oliver said.
Oliver says he is hoping for a reasonable showing from Jungaburra, although a longer race — around the 1600m mark — would come down the track.
“He’s a big gangly sort of fella just yet, but a nice horse,” Oliver said.
“He’s just going to take a bit of time to mature.”
Later in the day, Archard will debut his own charge Retrospection.
The four-year-old gelding lines up in the Maiden Plate over 1200m, while Archard’s other offering, Rokatta, will be eyeing back-to-back wins when the mare lines up in the 0-58 Handicap over 1200m.
Rokatta has enjoyed a successful return to the track in recent weeks, with a second and first at Swan Hill and Mildura respectively on August 22 and September 4.
She will go head-to-head with another home-grown trainer’s horse, with the Gwenda Johnstone-trained Bon Shadow aiming for his first win since December 2020, which also came at Echuca.
Johnstone has three horses in the mix, with Speedy Akeedy in the fifth race —- a Maiden Plate over 1200m.
Returning to the track on July 3 after a 23-week spell, the five-year-old gelding has a third, a seventh and two eighths to his name, while also winning a jump out at Kerang on August 12.
Four-year-old mare Very Shamus will return off a 17-week spell when she features in the last race, a 0-58 Handicap over 1000m, for Johnstone.