TODD Prest hopes eight is his new lucky number after Sporty Dancer drew the inside of the second row in the Queensland Oaks on Saturday.
The Leeton horseman hopes the draw will suit in the $102,000 feature a Albion Park after winning the group three lead up race last week
"The one has led in a few starts in it's racing career so hopefully they will hold up or at worst we will be three back," Prest said.
"Hopefully we will be behind the leader."
Regardless, Prest is living the dream with the three-year-old filly he leases with his partner.
She has won 10 of her 17 starts, including two of her four starts in Queensland for Shannon Price.
"It's unbelievable really and you wouldn't dream of it but some dreams do come true," Prest said.
"She just keeps improving."
Sporty Dancer will return to Leeton following the race.
WITH COVID restrictions in place, a number of Riverina participants will head to Menangle on Saturday.
David Kennedy has Harry Ovens and Ronaldo engaged in the up to 80 heats.
Forever Yin and Rocky Creed will also contest the same series looking to secure their place in the $30,000 final next week.
Rusty Crackers is also in the free for all for Brooke McPherson.
LEN Clement pulled off a big result at Wagga on Friday.
Two of Clement's pacers fought out a thrilling finish to the Tasco Petroleum Pace (1740m).
River Of Ice just edged out stablemate Complicated to win by a half head at $24.90.
With Complicated paying $5.90 the place, the Clement quinella was worth $886.60.
MACHS Legacy made it two wins in a row after being sent to Cameron Ross.
After winning at Penrith earlier this month, the three-year-old filly then produced the goods at Menangle on Saturday.
She set a new career best mile rate of 1:51.9.
Machs Legacy races at Menangle again on Saturday.
THE Riverina-bred Be Happy Mach has joined the stallion roster at Alabar.
Be Happy Mach won 10 of his 11 starts on his way to being named Australian two-year-old of the year.
He won twice at group one level, in the Australiasin Breeders Crown and the NSW Breeders Challenge and was also third in the Australian Pacing Gold final.
He was unplaced in his lone start as a three-year-old.
He will stand for $2500.
RIVERINA owners have tasted plenty of success in Queensland over the past week.
Moreau Drive kicked things off at Redcliffe on Thursday night.
Fairy Tinkabell then scored at Albion Park on Friday night before Quick Step made it three wins on the trot for the second time in her last eight starts later on the night.
WAGGA will hold an eight-race card on Friday.
The first race is set for 1.21pm.
Albury races on Tuesday.