Lord Yarborough is a chance from barrier nine in the rating
65 stayers' race at Riverton today. Photo by Matt Smith.
Ascot Park trainer Sally McKay is hoping Lord Yarborough
gets more of an inside run than he did last start when he lines
up in a rating 65 race at Riverton today.
McKay said Lord Yarborough, who was successful at Omakau on
January 3, never saw the rail at Gore.
''He was caught wide the whole way, and hit the wall late,''
Jockey Rebecca Black was unable to slot in early on in the
2000m race and the rest of the run did not get any easier for
the son of Kingmaker as he faded in the straight, finishing
11.9 lengths behind the winner, Kina Win.
Today's distance is 2147m.
McKay is sticking with Black for the ride on Lord Yarborough,
but was holding off on declaring a jockey for Irish Wit in
the same race, due to doubt over the state of the Yamanin
Vital gelding's feet. Irish Wit was reshod after running
second at Gore on January 19, and had been sore since.
''I won't start him if it's not going to be a benefit to
him,'' McKay said.
She had hoped to get Irish Wit into the Invercargill Gold Cup
on February 16, but time is running out to get him above his
current rating of 63.
''Missing that run at Wingatui leaves him pretty low in the
points for the Invercargill Cup.''
If Irish Wit does start, he will be looking to go one better
than his second placing at Gore.
Irish Wit was held up with 350m to go, and McKay said he did
not handle the track at one point.
Another of McKay's runners who did not cop the track at its
last start is Uncle Jim. The Montjeu 9yr-old has run his best
races on good to dead tracks, and was not entirely
comfortable on the slow (8) surface at Gore. McKay expects
him to go a ''super race''.
Trainer Terry Kennedy advised punters not to be put off by
Robert Brook's formline in race 5, a 2147m maiden. Robert
Brook was ninth at Gore on January 24, and had restricted
room in the straight.
''He went really well last start, but the form didn't show
it,'' he said.
''He didn't really get off the bit much.''