KRISTEN BUCHANAN is hoping the home track advantage will page dividends with her two runners at Wednesday’s NBN Raceday.
Santorini Miss is searching for her first win on the Wyong track when she lines up in the 1600m BENDIGO BANK BENCHMARK 63.
The High Chaparral mare brought up her maiden victory when resuming from a spell on the Beaumont track at Newcastle on Boxing Day, before a subsequent fifth at Kembla on January 14. “She is a handy mare and there were excuses for her last run,” Kristen said.
“She got a little far back and wanted to lay in a bit on Rachel (King). The race tactics didn’t really suit her but at the same time she ran home in a good time.”
Kristen said this will be the four-year-old’s first outing over the 1600m. “She is bred for it and I can’t see her having any trouble getting the mile. “She has drawn well in one and I’ve got Blaike McDougall engaged.
“He takes a bit of weight off her and that helps because she’s not the biggest mare. “Blaike has ridden for me once before and I was happy with him.
“I do see the home track as helping but it doesn’t always work out that way so we will just have to see.
“The best thing in her favour is the barrier. I’ve had some bad luck with them lately so it’s nice to finely draw well.”
Santorini Miss, who is raced by Victory Syndications, has had a win and a second from five starts.
The Buchanan stable has another promising runner Niccobelle in the 1100m NBN NEWS CLASS 1 HANDICAP.
The three-year-old Nicconi gelding had two starts in his first preparation, both on the Wyong track, for a win and fifth.
He trialled nicely at Wyong on January 16 winning his heat. “I feel he is ready to run a very good race and hopefully he can do that here,” Kristen said. “This looks like a nice race for him and he trialled well the other day.
“The owners requested Josh Parr ride him and he will start from barrier seven. “He obviously likes the track because he’s won here and run fifth so that is a positive as well.”
Kristen said Niccobelle is raced by a syndicate that includes David and John Ferrarin, who bred him.
The eight race meeting gets underway at 1.20pm.
Race 1 – 1.20PM, COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT TAREE FEB 26 BENCHMARK 59 HANDICAP (2100m): 1 CERVINIA, 2 One Touch, 3 Secret Web, 4 Fly Til Dawn.
Race 2 – 1.55PM, TUMBI WHOLESALE MEATS 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 TERMINALLY PRETTY, 2 Crystal Choice, 3 Pub Grub, 4 Repentant.
Race 3 – 2.35PM, NEW FORD ESCAPE MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200m): 1 SLEEK, 2 Peaceful Sea, 3 Regimental Force, 4 Tamarack.
Race 4 – 3.10PM, E-BIKES R US MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): 1 SAHARA EAGLE, 2 My Kind, 3 Allez Bien, 4 Arazona.
Race 5 – 3.45PM, BENDIGO BANK BENCHMARK 63 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 HIROKIN, 2 Princess Vein, 3 Dinky Di Dora, 4 Santorini Miss.
Race 6 – 4.20PM, TRANSITION CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 PYGMY, 2 Oxford Magic, 3 Evonne’s Magic, 4 Vallegrande.
Race 7 – 4.55PM, NBN CANNONBALL BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 EXOTHERM, 2 Treviso, 3 Run Sally Run, 4 Fifteen Sunflowers.
Race 8 – 5.35PM, NBN NEWS CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 RIGHT AS RAIN, 2 Niccobelle, 3 Caribou, 4 La Chica Bella.