Following a ‘freshen up’, star pacer Ignatius returns at Goulburn tomorrow afternoon.
The Group 1 winner, who is fast approaching lifetime earnings of $600,000 will start from gate 6 in the Million Dollar Cam HBNSW Stallion Tender Pace with trainer James Rattray to drive.
“He’s been training really good following a short freshen up, and he feels happy and strong” said James who is looking to the Victoria Cup in October, and the Inter Dominion Series at Menangle in November and December for Ignatius.
“Lock down is making it very difficult to place him, but we’re looking forward with hope the restrictions will ease” James added.
Rattray also has Star Major and Maraetai engaged in tomorrow’s event, and while Ignatius has the well-established track record at the top level, James is more than pleased with Star Major’s progress and expects a forward showing.
Star Major last raced during January and included a win going 1:50.2 for the mile. He trialed recently at Goulburn when he comfortably beat stablemate Maraetai and in tomorrow’s race has drawn gate 1 and will be driven by Charlie Castles.
“His trial at Goulburn was really good; he is an up-and-coming horse” said James. “He’s run some good races at Menangle including a 1:50 and something mile, and I expect he can take the next step this preparation” James added.
The afternoon of racing commences at 1.52pm, and with the on-going Covid-19 crisis the club regrets the meeting will not be open to the public with only essential persons, trainers and drivers allowed access to the Goulburn Paceway.
For all the latest information, the late mail, and race finishes, keep check of the Goulburn Paceway Facebook page throughout Monday.
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Race 1: NSWSOA TROTTERS MOBILE:
TIPS: 4 Critter Boy, 8 Rave On Hall, 2 Count Your Eyes, 6 Galleons Glory
Race 2: APG PACE:
TIPS: 6 Miss Fernandez, 1 Marvella, 5 Braeview Fella, 7 Willow
Race 3: NSWSOA APG PACE:
TIPS: 5 Zenxena, 7 Ballerini, 1 Charmindi, 2 Delightful Rainbow
Race 4: MILLION DOLLAR CAM HBNSW STALLION TENDER PACE:
TIPS: 6 Ignatius, 1 Star Major, 4 Scoob Operator, 3 Arma Naughty
Race 5: JILLIBY KUNG FU HBNSW STALLION TENDER PACE:
TIPS: 2 Better Than Grange, 8 Four Starzzz Forza, 3 Our Lady Lara, 7 Dancing Chick
Race 6: TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE:
TIPS: 4 Yum Cha, 9 Jimmyjoe, 1 Innocent Heaven, 5 Bently Bullet