WAGGA mare Lady Mironton will again need to overcome a wide barrier when she contest the $100,000 Wodonga Gold Cup (1590m) on Friday.
Lady Mironton has come up with barrier 11 in the 13-horse field for Friday's feature race.
Lady Mironton had no luck last start when wide throughout but stuck on gallantly for third place in the $100,000 Snake Gully Cup (1400m) at Gundagai.
The barrier is the only thing that has dented the confidence of Wagga trainer Wayne Carroll.
"One thing I didn't want to do at Wodonga is draw a wide barrier," Carroll said.
"Otherwise it's the perfect race for her. She's so, so well."
Simon Miller retains the ride.
Albury galloper Spunlago is the other Southern District representative in the race.
A number of Southern District gallopers will run on the day, including Takookacod, Squidensquizz, Cardinet, Air Gordon, Fashion Tip, Didnt Even Kiss Me and Tarazal.
MURRUMBIDGEE Turf Club will host an all-new Platinum Gold race early in the new year.
Racing NSW this week announced the introduction of a Platinum and Gold category to the BOBS scheme.
Starting from January, selected races will have a BOBS Platinum bonus of $100,000 or BOBS Gold bonus of $50,000 offered to winners of the race.
The races will be open to all horses that have been nominated for any BOBS series and for the first time will apply to horses aged four and older.
The BOBS Gold race at Wagga will be an Open Handicap (1400m) on February 13.
MIXED Blossom's new track record at Wagga has been verified by stewards.
There had been some questioning of the timing at Murrumbidgee Turf Club but Mixed Blossom's performance has been given the all clear.
The 1000 metre track record at Wagga now belongs to Mixed Blossom at 56.10 seconds.
THE future of the Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) Awards Night will be a subject for the new executive to discuss going forward.
If this year's attendance is anything to go by, the event may be in some doubt going forward.
The Awards Night was introduced in 2013 and has been a terrific initiative, bringing together the SDRA racing community to celebrate the achievements of the past season.
But dwindling attendances in recent years has cast doubt over the event, highlighted by a couple of Wagga stables not attending this year despite having finalists.
Full credit to Geoff Duryea and his connections, along with Donna Scott, Blaike McDougall and their team, among others, for travelling to be in attendance.
EXCITING Corowa mare News Girl could make a rare appearance in the SDRA at Wagga on Saturday.
Trainer Geoff Duryea is considering trialling the mare at Wagga ahead of her first-up run at Moonee Valley next month.
News Girl has not been sighted in the region since her first-up win at Albury in January.
Duryea explained it has become increasingly difficult to place the mare after her efforts in group company earlier this year.
While she only has two wins at Albury to her name, News Girl has a benchmark rating of 78 in NSW.
Duryea nominated the mare for a Class Three Showcase race at Gundagai over the Snake Gully Cup carnival and she was given 63.5 kilograms, after her two kilogram mares allowance.
ALBURY trainer Donna Scott confirmed Bennelong Dancer is bound for a third crack at the Country Championships next year.
Bennelong Dancer has just come back into work and will be aimed at defending her crowd in the SDRA Qualifier at Albury in February.
Bennelong Dancer ran second in the 2018 edition at Wagga and then won this year's heat at Albury.
She has also performed very well in both finals at Randwick, running fourth in 2018 and third this year.
Bennelong Dancer did not come up in her two runs back in August and September and was sent straight to the paddock with the Championships in mind.
The six-year-old mare will either have one run beforehand or go into the race fresh, like she did this year.
ALBURY trainer Mitch Beer will be the sole SDRA representative in this week's Highway Handicap at Rosehill.
There was so much interest in this week's Class Two Highway Handicap (1200m) that officials split the race into two, a move that should be applauded.
Beer will be represented by Princess Cordelia, who has come up with gate one for Tim Clark.
Beer also has the in-form Maid Of Milan in at Canterbury on Friday night. The mare will contest the Fillies & Mares Benchmark 70 Handicap (1250m) with Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
Gundagai trainer Michelle Russell also has Taliano in at Canterbury on Friday night, but he is also in at Wodonga on Friday.
MURRUMBIDGEE Turf Club certainly enjoyed another strong year.
The club announced a surplus of $281,467 and a cash profit of $440,960 at last week's Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Geoff Harrison is the new MTC president, with Bruce Harris vice-president and Brett Bradley treasurer. This was after Stuart Lamont, Michael Inglis and Rodney Parsons OAM stood down.
The three new directors are Scott Oehm, Simon Rosengren and Peter Twomey.
Bryan Reardon, Ted Shulz, Jimmy McIntyre, John Fowler, Lou Cox, Allan Hull, along with Stuart Lamont and Rodney Parsons OAM, were awarded life membership on the night.
MTC also announced a new five-year sponsorship deal with Lion
Saturday: Wagga (TAB)
Friday: Young (TAB)
Tuesday: Young (TAB)
Saturday: Temora (non-TAB)