A ROCKY surface is the latest concern as Riverina Paceway nears a return.
Wagga is scheduled to race for the first time in two months on Tuesday but concerns over the number of rocks in the surface were raised at the trials on Wednesday.
Trainer-driver Brian Smith is confident the problem will be rectified to leave an improved surface.
"With another couple of weeks working on it and it will be good," Smith said.
"We can get them rocks off it, it is just the way it is, but at least I think we will be able to race on it when it rains."
FORMER Temora horseman Rickie Alchin tasted group one success with his star trotter Tough Monarch.
After winning a Great Southern Star eliminator earlier this month, Tough Monarch just held on to lead all the way in the Knight Pistol.
He held off Sundons Courage to win by a head.
Chris Svanosio was at the helm.
SONNY Weaver proved too good for the small field assembled for the Albury Pacers Cup.
Trained by Amanda Turnbull, former Riverina premiership winner Leigh Sutton was behind the reins of the four-year-old who brought up his first win in nine starts.
As part of the build up to the feature, Albury created the field for their Greatest Pacers Cup.
Miracle Mile winner Franco Tiger was called over the line first by Allan Hull with Level Advice and Brallos Pass filling the minor placings.
MUSCLE Factory extended his perfect return from serious injury with another win at Menangle on Tuesday.
The dual group one winner made it four wins in a row after almost two years away from the track.
He rated a mile rate of 1:50.8 in his latest win.
FOOTLOCK ❤️ This horse is such a sweet-natured boy who sometimes forgets where his legs are going, but today he put his best foot forward in the Warragul Financial Pace to claim his first Victorian win & Vicbred bonus for connections. pic.twitter.com/ieDzfxRmo4— Larajay Farm (@LarajayFarm) February 15, 2021
FOOTLOOK can be an enigma but put it all together to win a Vicbred bonus for owner Adam Jenkins at Warragul on Monday.
Despite breaking after the start, Footlock still went on to record a 9.6-metre win after being sent to Jess Tubbs.
ROCKITA ended a sequence of minor placings to break through for a win at Albion Park on Saturday.
The Junee-owned mare had been placed in her last seven races before proving too strong for her rivals.
Bringing up her 11th career win, Rockita's earnings are approaching the $100,000 mark.
FORMER Riverina pacer Western Sonador has drawn barrier one in the Newcastle Mile on Friday as he looks to book a place in the Miracle Mile.
Sent to Ellen Bartley for the first Regional Championships, Western Sonador is coming off a second last time out.
However he will need to beat Victoria Cup winner Lochinvar Art to progress.
Whereyabinboppin has been scratched from the race.
YOUNG will hold an eight-race meeting on Friday.
It is the first of a busy period for the club with their Carnival Of Cups meeting to be run on March 12.
The race is at 6.08pm.