Tony McEvoy hopes things have finally fallen into place for Daisy Duke as he makes his second attempt, at Wyong on Sunday, to qualify her for the Provincial Championship final next month.
Earlier this month Daisy Duke started favourite in the Wyong Qualifier but finished eighth after jumping from barrier 10, getting a bump at the start and falling back to second last early.
On Sunday she jumps from barrier two in the Newcastle Qualifier, moved to Wyong after the washout of last Wednesday’s Newcastle meeting.
Winona Costin will be in the saddle this time, replacing Brenton Avdulla who has gone on to the Kim Waugh trained Hetty Heights.
“It is the perfect barrier for her,” McEvoy said.
“She can race a lot closer and she loves racing on wet ground.
“I could not be happier with the way she has progressed since Wyong, she is perfect.”
Kim Waugh hopes the decision to move the Qualifier to Wyong does not impact on her hopes of having three runners in the final.
The Waugh trained Hetty Heights was the early favourite for the race at Newcastle and remains so, ahead of Daisy Duke.
“Ideally I would have preferred the race to be run at Newcastle because she is drawn a little awkwardly (barrier nine) and will have to get back,” Waugh said.
The Waugh trained Supreme Effort and His Majesty finished first and second in the Wyong Qualifier and are both in the final at Randwick on April 9.
His Majesty is the early favourite for the final at $4.60 while Supreme Effort is on the second line of betting at $8.
“Both horses have done well and will trial at Newcastle on March 29,” Waugh said.
Kris Lees accepted with four runners for Sunday but atleast one of them, the top weight Powerline, is doubtful because of the soft 7 track rating.
“He doesn’t like wet ground,” Lees said.
“I’ll be watching the weather closely over the next two days before making a decision on the others.
“Electric Power is at his best in both soft and heavy going so I am pretty sure he will start.
“Marple Miss is the best horse of the four but she has only had one run back from a long spell and Magic Of Dreams has only had one run back as well.”
Lees has also nominated all four for the Gosford Qualifier on Thursday.
He already has two horses qualified for the final, Danish Twist and Parraay, which finished second third in the Kembla Qualifier.
1-12.15, CARLTON MID 2YO MAIDEN, 1000m: FRENCH BLUE 1, Chase And Status 2, Uptown Lad 3, Snow Surrender 4.
2-12.50, MIDDO FAMILY MAIDEN, 1000m: DEPLOY 1, Come Into My World 2, Not A Cherry 3, Hay One 4.
3-1.27, MONTGOMERY HOMES 3YO MAIDEN, 1200m: LADY CARNOUSTIE 1, Deadly Shadow 2, Eschiele 3, Mariyinsky 4.
4-2.05, TOTALLY WORKWEAR TUGGERAH MAIDEN, 1350m: INTRUSION 1, Dr Kimble 2, Stryker Rose 3, Hanika 4.
5-2.38, PETER MAC’S MECHANICAL CLASS ONE, 1350m: BY GOLLY MOLLY 1, ANISHA 2, Ustad 3, Gendebien 4.
6-3.12, TWIN LAKES AIR PTY LTD BENCHMARK 65, 2100m: ASCOT RED 1, Dylan’s Romance 2, Coutainville 3, Undoubtable 4.
7-3.50, NEWCASTLE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER, 1350m: DAISY DUKE 1, Hetty Heights 2, Electric Power 3, Dream Lane 4.
8-4.34, WIDELINE BENCHMARK 75, 1000m: I’M USAIN 1, Mesa 2, Princess Ailani 3, Remunerator 4.
9-5.13, ATC AT WYONG WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 CLASS TWO, 1600m: SHOEPEG 1, Triple Ex 2, Reiby The Red 3, Grande Castagno 4.
Best Bets: Deploy, I’m Usain, Shoepeg.