Sweet Mary looks good for sweet result at Forbury Park

A big drop in class could see Sweet Mary rewarded for her good recent form at Forbury Park tonight.

The Brad Mowbray-trained mare takes on an even line-up of pacers after running second to Chitura in the Southern Speed Series Final at Winton last weekend.

Sweet Mary fought on strongly behind the winner in her 1.54.4 mile (1609m) effort.

The 4yr-old meets a different kind of field under different circumstances tonight.

Sweet Mary will have her first standing start in the Forbury Park meeting's feature handicap pace over 2700m.

Mowbray said though it is unknown how his filly will handle her first look at the tapes, her sensible nature gave him hope she could step away cleanly.

"I don't think it will be a real problem, but it is still a standing start and you never know what could happen,'' he said.

"But she is a sensible horse, without a doubt.''

Sweet Mary has recovered well from her Winton outing, and will line up at Forbury in good order.

"I am quite pleased with the way she has come through it.

"I was rapt with her going into that race- the winner was just too good on the day.

"I think she will give them a good shake at Forbury.''

Sweet Mary will clash with her stablemate Four Starzzz Shiraz in tonight's race.

The 8yr-old, who is an experienced campaigner from a standing start, also won at Winton on Saturday.

Mowbray said on that run and his prior form the horse should be competitive.

"His last-start second before his holiday was to Zadaka at Cromwell, so that is good form considering what he was racing last week.''

Despite having three zeros in his form line leading into tonight's race, Waytogo Bruno is likely to attract the interest of some punters from barrier 1 in race 10.

Mowbray said the horse should have few excuses from that alley and in a field that looks easier that the races he has lined up in recently.

"This is his last chance, he has got to shape up.

"He has got no excuses - he is off the unruly, we are happy with him and he is happy within himself.''

Sharnae returns to racing for the Mowbray stable in fillies and mares company in race 6.

She won a trial at Ashburton recently ahead of her resumption.

Despite that, Mowbray was wary that the 5yr-old does not have the recent racing behind her that her opposition do.

"She has only had a mild trial, but she is a naturally fit horse.

"If she got a handy enough sort of run it would not surprise me if she finished off all right.''

Tom Rule will be out to end a poor run of form in race 5, tonight's junior drivers' event.

His disappointing recent form meant a win would come as a surprise, Mowbray admitted.


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