Leah’s big moment
MELTED Moments is the best winning hope for the Paul Grills stable and it just happens to be in the feature race on the card.
The seven-year-old lines up in an open handicap (1300m) and he’s been very consistent without winning.
Leah Kilner takes the ride on him today from barrier two and her claim means he’ll only carry 53kg.
“I think he’s my best chance and I’m happy to have young Leah on him,’’ Grills said. “She’ll let him run his own race pretty well.
“He does like the track and trip. He won this race last year and he’ll go hard. He’s weighted well with these horses and the track will be good for him. I think it will be a Good 4.”
Melted Moments is dropping back from a fourth over 1900m on October 14 at Armidale and Grills thinks bringing him back to his favourite distance will make a huge difference.
He’s won three from four at 1300m.
“There’s a fair bit of pace in it so that will keep him out of trouble,’’ Grills said. “Let’s hope he’s fresh enough to come home over the top of them.’’
The bubble cheeker has been applied to his nearside.
“Allan Chau said he ran about a bit the other day so we put that on him,” Grills said.
“I’d like him to be one out, one back then get clear running room when he wants it.”
Grills wants to see a better effort from Sunday Special in the opening race over 1100m after running seventh at her past two runs.
“I’ve been a bit disappointed with her last two runs when there were no excuses so we put a set of blinkers on and a tongue tie which might sharpen her up a bit,” Grills said.
“We may have galloped her a bit close to the race last time which we don’t normally do. I haven’t taken her to the track since her last run so hopefully she improves.”
Abb Roy is looking to break her maiden in a 1400m event in the second race.
She put in her best run last start over 1400m and is rock-hard fit for today’s assignment.
Abb Roy will come out of barrier six and her breeding says she’ll get better with age.
“She’s getting close to a win and she shouldn’t be far off them,” Grills said.
Primal Touch, in the third race over 1300m, wants 2000m but these stayers can produce good runs first-up and Grills is happy with the way he’s going heading into the race.
“It will be too short for him, I think,’’ Grills said.
“He’ll have to get out to a mile before he’s a prospect but he might just put in a good run fresh.
“He went to the track on Tuesday and ran a f air time i n work so he might be there somewhere.”
Look for Ben Looker to ride a few winners at Armidale today.