Winter is a winning time for Kristen Buchanan and she is hoping the trend will continue with the three runners she saddles up on her home track on Tuesday.
Buchanan said her strike rate is always best in winter and with three winners already this month it’s seems the trend is continuing. “My strike rate doubles in winter. I don’t know what it is but right throughout my career, if I go back through my stats it’s double than what my stats are in summer,” Buchanan said.
“I don’t know if it’s the soft tracks or what the key is.
“I’m having a good run at the moment. It’s turned around and we’ve had good winners and a good number of placings.
“It’s been consistent, which is nice and it will be great if that continues.”
Buchanan is banking on a home track advantage, with two of her trio of runners having previously performed well on the Wyong track. “Macquarie Magic and Dual Escape really seem to like Wyong. I’m not sure about Grand Exit. She’s raced well here in the past but the other two definitely suit it.”
Last start Wyong winner Dual Escape, lines up in the fillies and mares Benchmark 55 and Buchanan considers her a good chance. The June 7 win over 1350m came after a disappointing performance at Taree a week earlier.
“I like this race for her. She goes up in weight and she’s a bit of tricky mare.
“Serg (Lisnyy) got stuck into her last time and I think that’s the key to her. “Putting her into the race and getting serious with her. She was toying with them a bit in her first couple of runs.”
She said Lisnyy knows the mare having partnered her in her three wins and the majority of her nine starts.
“He knows her pretty well and decided to give her a good dig out the other day, put her into the race and get her travelling.
“She’s got the ability and she’s been pretty consistent. She hasn’t been disappointing. She’s got good form but she had a couple of runs at the start of this prep where I said ‘what’s happened?’
“But hopefully it’s turned around and she can run another nice race.”
Buchanan said Macquarie Magic was disappointing at his last start at Dubbo over the 1610m but there were excuses.
“He was on the worst part of the track against good horses. They just walked early and he was a lot closer than he normally is. It just didn’t suit him to race like that. “I’m pulling him back to the 1350m. He’s drawn barrier 11 but it’s not really an issue with the long shoot at Wyong but he’ll get back and find the line.
“The claim with Jenny Duggan will help. He’s a lovely horse, he’s very kind and I think the bit of weight off and back in grade will definitely help him.
“He won his first race at Wyong and was second in a Benchmark 70 at the start of this prep.
“He ran a good race at Taree the start before last, really rocketed home, but he’s just got to be able to settle early with a good tempo and then find the line.”
Buchanan’s other runner Grand Exit starts from barrier seven in the 1100m Provincial and Country Maiden, with Brenton Avdulla aboard.
“She’s a nice filly on the up still learning her trade,” Buchanan said.
“It was a good run at Dubbo and she will improve with more racing.”
The Give Me 5 For Kids Charity Race Day has attracted strong fields across the eight races.
The Kris Lees trained debutant Time And Again was impressive in her latest trial and should run well in the 1100m Provincial and Country Maiden, with the filly likely to face strong opposition from the resuming Trumbull, from the Waugh stable.