Townsville Bulletin

Mcguire eyes off a home win

- TONY WODE

RISING young trainer Matt Mcguire is banking on a home track advantage to give consistent sprinter Rothman a winning edge at Cluden Park on Friday.

Mcguire opted to run Rothman in the Hygain Class 6 Plate (1200m) rather than a road trip to Cairns for this weekend’s Amateurs. The sixyear-old son of Rothesay gave Mcguire his biggest thrill yet with a powerful win over the Townsville Cup carnival before a Cairns Cup second place.

With regular jockey Wanderson D’avila in the saddle, he faces another test on Friday against a strong line-up which includes smart Rockhampto­n galloper Bustedup and classy mare Willygood.

“He’s definitely turned the corner for us this prep. All of his runs have been really impressive and I think he’s got a great chance again tomorrow,” Mcguire said. “Bustedup is obviously very good but he’s got to make the road trip up, whereas we’re at home.

“If Rothman is going to measure up to open company, he’s going to have to run against those types of good horses anyway. It’ll give us a good idea of how he’s going.”

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