JEFF ENGLEBRECHT is hoping forecast showers arrive at Wyong to improve the chances of his mare Kite Hill when she lines up in the 1350m CANADIAN CLUB & DRY F&M BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP at tomorrow’s meeting.
The five-year-old was narrowly beaten by Dorf Star over 1200m at the Wyong Magic Millions meeting on December 22, with the Clarry Connors trained winner going on to record another victory at Warwick Farm on December 28.
“The form coming out of the race is good so if she can perform as well tomorrow I give her a good chance,” Jeff said.
“Hopefully some of the rain they are predicting comes our way because that will help her cause.
“It was a good track here last start and that didn’t worry her but she does prefer the sting out of the ground so with a bit of wet weather it would be better. “She’s in a later race so we’ve got all day for the showers to come.”
Ridden by Hugh Bowman at her last start, Kite Hill was run down on the line to be beaten by a long neck.
The Snippetson mare is raced by Paul Frampton, a long-time client of Jeff’s, the pair combining at the last Wyong meeting with Hammond Lane. Kite Hill will be ridden by Tye Angland.
“She’s been a good mare to date with four wins and a few placings.
“She had a leg injury about 18 months ago and did well to come back. I’ll probably put her out soon and for a good break and hope for a wet winter.”
Jeff saddles up We’re Smokin in the 2100m DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE, with Grant Buckley in the saddle. “She’s been racing consistently but is up in class and it is her first attempt over the 2100m.
“She’s has given every indication that she will run out the trip but it’s a tough field with Jayzou (trained by Allan Kehoe) and Gai’s Blackmaker.
‘I think if she can run out a good 2100m then she might surprise.”
Jeff has two runners in the 1200m BREE AND GAWNDY’S GALLOP-A-THON MAIDEN PLATE, both resuming from spells.
Top weight More On It, to be ridden by Serg Lisnyy is a new addition to the stable, while Grant Buckley will partner Power From Within.
“I think they both want it a bit longer so whatever they do I’ll take it.”
R1- 1.20, DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE, 2100m: 1 JAYZOU, 2 We’re Smokin, 3 Blackmaker, 4 Tacit Rhema;
R2 – 1.55, WWW.TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1600m: 1 KIRINI, 2 Gold Emblem, 3 Crixus, 4 Rotoiti.
R3 – 2.35, THE PROPERTY MARKET CLASS 1 HANDICAP, 1100m: 1 SHE’S A BOP GIRL, 2 Vienna Romance, 3 Baltic Whisper, 4 Three Hats.
R4 – 3.15, WRC MID YEAR MEMBERSHIP MDN PLATE, 1350m: 1 ECHO KING, 2 California Fortune, 3 Absolutely Win, 4 Riptorn.
R5 – 3.50, BREE & GAWNDY’S GALLOPATHON MDN PLT, 1200m: 1 IGNITE THE LIGHT, 2 Tswalu, 3 Zepherine, 4 La Pintana.
R6 – 4.25, CANADIAN CLUB & DRY F&M BM65 HCP, 1350m: 1 STAR REFLECTION, 2 Kite Hill, 3 Sugarparma, 4 Tough As Teak.
R7 – 5.05, 2GO FAMILY DAY 22/1 CGE BM65 HCP, 1350m: 1 AMAZING STORY, 2 Caesar’s Ghost, 3 Slippery Moss, 4 Classic Records.