GEORGE Dimitropoulos knows what it takes to win in the city and he has no hesitation in lining up last-start Wagga winner Mouse Almighty at Randwick on Saturday.
Mouse Almighty will contest the $67,500 TAB Highway Class Three Handicap (1000m), where a number of the bush's most promising sprinters will clash.
Dimitropoulos is no stranger to city success, having won with Neyla's Girl at a Warwick Farm midweek meeting back in October, 2017.
It was in the middle of a successful period for the cafe owner, who enjoyed a Highway second placing with Zakynthos Regrets.
Mouse Almighty has won her last two starts, including an all-the-way victory in the opening race on Wagga Gold Cup day.
Dimitropoulos warned Mouse Almighty won't be there to make up the numbers.
"We're not going there for nothing," Dimitropoulos said.
"She's only 15 hands but she's as tough as nails. I'm pretty sure she'll perform."
Dimitropoulos, who has moved his training base back to Wagga in recent times, has booked three kilogram claiming apprentice Louise Day to ride, meaning his filly will carry just 51kg.
"That was the idea behind it," he said.
"The barrier (13) is my only hiccup but I think she'll be in the first three so we'll see what happens. It's easy to say."
TOP Albury sprinter Lord Von Costa will kick off his campaign at Flemington on Saturday.
Lord Von Costa had been set for a first-up assault on the Wagga Town Plate but was scratched on the morning of the race due to the heavy track.
Albury trainer Donna Scott has now pinpointed Saturday's $112,000 Straight Six (1200m) as the race he will return in.
Lord Von Costa warmed up for the assignment with an Albury trial win last Friday and will have the services of top jockey Craig Williams from barrier four.
"It would have been nice to have a run under his belt before Flemington but he is a hard horse to place," Scott told The Border Mail.
"Other than that I'm happy with where he is at and looking forward to see what he can do fresh."
Lord Von Costa was a winner down the Flemington straight last preparation.
WAGGA trainer Gary Colvin scratched promising two-year-old Another One from Randwick on Wednesday.
Colvin is keen to wait another week with Another One and head to Canterbury next Wednesday.
But he is also likely to accept with Another One in Saturday's $25,200 Jack Maher Classic (1200m) at Wodonga as well.
"I'm leaning towards the 1250 metre race at Canterbury next week," Colvin said.
"He's come on pretty good since that first run, I'm pretty happy with him.
"I'll accept with him at Wodonga and see what happens but I'm leaning towards going to Canterbury."
Another One ran an unlucky second behind Lion's Roar on debut on Wagga Town Plate day.
Mitch Beer's two-year-old, Branders Rule, is the only other SDRA two-year-old nominated for the Jack Maher Classic, but he is also considering a trip to town, among other options, for the winner of a Wagga trial.
WAGGA apprentice jockey Josh Richards enjoyed success on the provincial circuit last Saturday.
Richards won on Notabadidea ($11) at Kembla Grange for Randwick trainers Jim and Greg Lee.
It was one of three rides Richards had at Kembla Grange, as he looks to explore more opportunities at provincial level, where he has the benefit of a three kilogram claim.
There is a strong chance Richards will return to Kembla Grange again on Saturday, May 30.
WAGGA trainer Tim Donnelly and apprentice jockey Heni Ede continued a successful week with a winner at Parkes on Sunday.
The pair combined on Powerscourt ($3.30) for an impressive victory in the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1000m).
It was Powerscourt's fifth career win and continued a remarkably consistent preparation from the seven-year-old.
The win backed up their success at Albury last Friday with overseas import Would Be King, who won on debut for the pair.
Also at Parkes on Sunday, the Chris Heywood-trained Fermanagh Lad ran fourth in the Satellite Handicap, while Snippet Of Gold ran eighth.
ALBURY jockey Brodie Loy achieved a career milestone at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.
Loy registered his 300th winner of his career when successful on Bluff 'N' Bluster ($3.20) for Warwick Farm trainer Jason Coyle.
Loy is one of a number of jockeys travelling plenty of kilometres in Racing NSW's southern zone at the moment, making the most of the riding restrictions due to COVID-19.
A COUPLE of Southern District owners look set for an enjoyable ride with Proud Mia.
Nick Olive unveiled the exciting two-year-old at Queanbeyan on Sunday as Proud Mia bolted in by three and a half lengths on debut.
Among the ownership is Marrar Football Netball Club life member Vicki Langtry and Gundagai Tigers secretary Martin Hay.
The Pride Of Dubai filly was ridden to victory by Richard Bensley.
GUNDAGAI trainer David Blundell will head to Canberra on Friday with Monkery.
Monkery was the second SDRA horse home in the Wagga Gold Cup on May 1, when finishing seventh behind House Of Cartier.
The five-year-old will carry the top weight of 60 kilograms in the $30,000 TAB Federal (2000m).
A number of well-performed SDRA horses are in at Canberra on Friday, including last-start winners Alise and Nevada Dane.
Thursday: Wagga (TAB)
Monday: Albury (TAB)
Friday: Wagga (TAB)
Sunday: Wagga (TAB)
Tuesday: Wagga (TAB)
Sunday: Wagga (TAB)