A field of 16 plus six emergencies have been declared for Thursday’s $200,000 Iron Jack Wagga Town Plate (1200m).
The time-honoured country sprint headlines the opening day of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s 2021 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup carnival where $950,000 in prize money will distributed across the 16 races over the two days.
The Wagga track was rated a good (4) at acceptance time on Tuesday and the rail on Thursday will be in the true position.
The Wagga Town Plate is the seventh race on Thursday’s card and is scheduled to start at 4.15pm.
Topweight in this year’s quality handicap is the 2019 The Kosciusko winner Handle The Truth which will start from barrier 10 with his 61kg impost.
Handle The Truth is an acceptor for the Wagga Town Plate. Photo: AAP Image/Simon Bullard.Source:AAP
Last year’s Town Plate winner and runner-up – Irish Songs and Southern Lad are back this year along with Anthony and Sam Freedman with Open Minded which was given the visitors draw of barrier 22, Nash Rawiller is engaged to offset the draw.
Anthony Freedman won the race in 2017 with superstar sprinter Santa Ana Lane.
“Anthony has not been back to the Wagga carnival since Santa Ana Lane so we’re all looking forward to the trip,” Brad Taylor, the Freedmans racing manager, told Racing NSW.
“The Town Plate looks a very nice race for him and he’s a happy, healthy horse.
“We resisted putting the blinkers on for some time but then he seemed to lose his way, so we added the gear.
“The blinkers have really switched him on and he’s in tremendous form; he possesses a good turn of foot.”
The jockeys riding over the two-day carnival will chase the honour of claiming the third William Farrer Tye Angland Medal.
Rawiller, along with Tommy Berry, Rachel King, Jason Collett, Regan Bayliss and Kathy O’Hara are heading down from Sydney for the carnival and they’ll clash with the likes of Blaike McDougall, Mathew Cahill, Jeff Penza, Kayla Nisbet and Nick Heywood.
Originally published asBumper field for Wagga Town Plate
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