Vin­nie’s closer to suc­cess

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW - MATT JONES

VIN­NIE Vega rarely goes too long without a win and trainer Kym Dav­i­son says he is ready to bring up his ninth vic­tory at Wagga Wagga to­day.

The five-year-old lines up in the Hartwigs Wagga Whirl­wind Show­case (1000m) af­ter a clos­ing sixth at the same track last start.

Dav­i­son said the loss over the same trip can be ig­nored and ap­pren­tice Pa­trick Scorse would put him in a bet­ter po­si­tion this time.

“Last start, he got too far out of his ground and they broke 57 sec­onds with the rail out,’’ Dav­i­son said.

“But he ended up tak­ing about seven lengths off them from the 600m.

“We want him to set­tle a lit­tle closer and with the lighter weight he’ll be very com­pet­i­tive.

“He’s cer­tainly go­ing well enough (to win). Pa­trick just needs to make sure he’s aware early and not let the horse get too far back and he’ll be hard to beat.”

Dav­i­son wants Scorse to get into a mid­field spot with cover from bar­rier 11.

De­spite be­ing good over 1200m, Vin­nie Vega has won seven times at 1000m and has only been un­placed once from five starts at Wagga Wagga over to­day’s trip.

“Early on he’d race up on the pace be­cause he’d have a bit too much on them but as you get into the open hand­i­caps they can all go quickly so he set­tles back a bit more now,” Dav­i­son said.

Vin­nie Vega has won at least one race each preparation dat­ing back to his de­but in Septem­ber 2015 and, for a $13,000 buy, he’s earned $155,355 for con­nec­tions.

“He’s won at odds at times as well so that’s been good for us, too,” Dav­i­son said.

“He can win in the wet, on the dry and can carry weight for a lit­tle horse so he’s a coun­try trainer’s dream.

“I wish I had a sta­ble full of horses like him.”

When sixth last start, he was beaten home by Won­der­bolt and Dav­i­son said he’s go­ing to be hard to get past again as well as a Brett Ca­vanough-trained run­ner.

“Just A Bul­let gets out and goes quick and Won­der­bolt beat him home last time but I don’t think there’s much be­tween them all,” Dav­i­son said.

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