McIlrick eyes double shot at Plate

Got The Goss claimed a narrow win in the Wagga Town Plate two years ago and is back for another tilt in the prelude of the race on Sunday.

Got The Goss claimed a narrow win in the Wagga Town Plate two years ago and is back for another tilt in the prelude of the race on Sunday.

Trainer Trevor McIlrick is hopeful of confirming a spot in the Wagga Town Plate with stablemates Got The Goss and Miss Liffey in Sunday’s qualifier.

McIlrick couldn’t have asked for better barrier draws with the duo drawn alongside each other in gates one and two.

Got The Goss claimed the Town Plate two years ago and has only won the one race since, at Randwick in November 2015, while Miss Liffey is yet to break through this campaign but has been extremely consistent.

Her overall record of six wins from 16 starts could easily be added to as she works towards a run in the Town Plate on May 4.

If McIlrick manages to get both horses through to the Plate it will be the first time he has had dual representation.

Despite not having won for some time, Got The Goss is going as well as ever and is set to perform, according to his trainer.

“He just needs a consistent racing surface and he will be right,” McIlrick said.

The forecast for rain over the next couple of days could present some problems if the track deteriorates to any great extent.

That won’t present any problems to Miss Liffey who is capable in the wet having won five times.

“The good barrier draw suits her because she can race prominent without having to work too hard early,” McIlrick said. “Got The Goss will get back a bit anyway so the draw doesn’t really matter for him.”

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