Mossy All Set To Bounce Back At Wenty

By Jeff Collerson
Motor City Mossy, who broke a track record at her first start, took a tumble at her Wentworth Park debut last Wednesday but should put that mishap aside by winning there tonight.

The Jason MACKAY-trained greyhound has box one in the Ladbrokes Switch Stakes, a 520m fifth grade, and with Fernando Alonso, a good beginner who uses a bit of the track drawn in two, she should get a clear run to the first turn.

At her first race on November 7, when trained by owner Trent Anderson, Motor City Mossy broke the Lithgow 287m record.

She was then transferred to MACKAY's kennels and recorded a win and a second over 515m at LADBROKES GARDENS before falling at Wentworth Park last week.

"Motor City Mossy is such a mad keen chaser I don't think the tumble will worry her,'' MACKAY said.

"Before last week's race I had given her a trial over 520m at Wentworth Park and she clocked 30sec so if she repeats those figures she should be hard to beat from box one.''

MACKAY could win a treble as he has early favourites Aston Reward in box seven in race seven, a 520m fifth grade, and Kipling in four in the 520m Free-For-All.

Aston Reward was far from disgraced when third to Sure She Is and Ebby Rapper at her first Wentworth Park start last Wednesday because she was checked severely soon after box rise.

Kipling went head-and-head with Old Mick Banner in a battle for the lead for most of a similar race at Wentworth Park last week but after colliding with that dog at the top of the straight, faded to dead-heat for third.

"I was disappointed with that run by Kipling because when he ranged up alongside Old Mick Banner on the back straight I expected him to dash to the front,'' MACKAY said.

"But Kipling was still disputing the lead on the home bend and wound up three-quarters of a length behind the winner, Diamantina Rose.

"He had trialled very fast for me at Wenty before last week's race so there will be no excuse for him if he can't win this time.''

Kerewaro was runner-up to the promising Fabian's Gold when making his debut last week at Wentworth Park and faces four well-bred newcomers in heat two of tonight's Maiden Stakes.

Feral Franky's trainer Jack Smith has Jungle Deuce and Miss Ezmae in boxes two and five, Shaun Evans will rug up Improbable from box one while Bobby Hodges is represented by Shawanda in six.

On disclosed form Kerewaro has a good chance although trainer Grante Andersen said: "He is not the greatest beginner so box four is a bit of a worry.

"But he should be capable of improving on last week's second placing because that was the first time Kerewaro had been in a full field.

"I had given Kerewaro a couple of trials at Wentworth Park before last Wednesday's race and his time last week of 30.36 was the quickest he has gone.''

Run Goldie Run, who has box six in tonight's only 720m race, a Mixed Stakes, had not seen Wentworth Park before she was run down by Fantastic Radley over 720m at Wentworth Park on December 23.

She has since led throughout to win by a dozen lengths over 618m at Bathurst but trainer Errol Hughes said: "I'm still not certain as to how strong Run Goldie Run is going to be over 720m.

"I was happy with her first-up second at Wentworth Park and she went well at Bathurst but this race should tell me whether Run Goldie Run is going to be a stayer.''

Dangers to Hughes' bitch are Fantastic Radley, who came from midfield to beat her comfortably last month, and the DAVE Irwin-trained Cyclone Hail.

Irwin's dog raced around the middle of the track when a strong winner over 620m at Casino on July 23 so looks ideally positioned tonight in box eight.

Best Bet Motor City Mossy (race 6)

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Race 6 - 1, 7

Race 7 - 8, 1, 2

Race 8 - 4, 1, 7

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