WAGGA trainer Gary Colvin has been forced to change his plans with exciting three-year-old Another One.
The Country Championships second placegetter was down to trial at Corowa last Friday, but the non-raceday trials were called off due to the wet weather.
The cancellation has 'thrown a spanner' in Colvin's plans with Another One, who is being aimed at the $1.3 million Kosciuszko in October.
Colvin had planned to take Another One to Randwick on Saturday week for the $130,000 3YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m).
But that is now off the table.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," Colvin said.
"I'm going to sit down and have a look because it's thrown a spanner in the works. We probably won't go to the race on the 31st now. We'll probably relax a bit and wait and see what happens.
"I don't want to go to the races underdone. I want to go to the races spot on so we can have a real crack at the race."
Colvin wants to barrier trial Another One before his first-up run. The nearest barrier trial scheduled in the Southern District is at Corowa on Monday, which Colvin has not ruled out.
"Depends how wet it's going to be. I've just got to wait and see what happens," he said.
"We'll wait and see what the weather is like and where we can trial him."
ALBURY trainer Mitch Beer will win his first Southern District trainer's premiership.
Beer will take a five-win lead into the final race meeting of the Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) season at Corowa on Monday.
Albury trainer Donna Scott sits in second place, after leading for much of the season. Scott took two horses to Narrandera on Sunday hoping to cut into the margin, but had to settle for a second placing with Opoho Dreaming.
Beer then won the Narrandera Cup with Power Me Up to extend the margin to five.
Scott has just the two nominations for Corowa, while Beer has eight.
Blaike McDougall will record the easiest of wins in the SDRA jockey's premiership.
Josh Richards, despite his move to Melbourne, should claim the apprentice's title.
IT IS going to go right down to the wire for leading Southern District jockey Blaike McDougall as he chases the national premiership.
McDougall hit the front this week but has a lack of opportunities to extend the margin with minimal race meetings around. He has eight rides at Canberra on Friday but that meeting is in severe doubt.
West Australian Chris Parnham is the man he is fighting it out with and he has six rides at Pinjarra on Thursday.
PROMISING Albury filly Sunrise Ruby is set for a crack at metropolitan level.
Albury trainer Mitch Beer will send her to Caulfield on Saturday despite drawing one of the outside barriers.
Sunrise Ruby, a winner of three of her four starts, has drawn barrier 18 in the $135,000 3YO Fillies Handicap (1200m).
Beer also has a race at Warwick Farm next week as back-up but is keen to push ahead with the Caulfield trip, where apprentice Teo Nugent will take the ride.
"She deserves her chance," Beer said.
"She's one of the higher-rated fillies in the race so we'll send her down there and see how she goes."
NARRANDERA Race Club officials earned high praise for their efforts to ensure Sunday's Cup meeting went ahead last weekend.
Southern District chief steward Jason Shultz inspected the track on Saturday afternoon and admitted almost calling the meeting off there and then.
A busted pipe near the club's function centre had resulted in an extremely wet patch of about 15 metres around the 100 metre mark.
He advised them to cover the section overnight with a tent, and the club did so, going over and above the call of duty to get the race meeting run.
Not only did they get a tent, the club ran a gas heater over the wet patch, and returned to the track through the night to continually move it.
"It was saturated. We went out on Saturday afternoon and had a look and let me tell you, I was nearly prepared to call the meeting off then and there," Shultz said.
"They did go out of their way to do whatever they could to make sure the meeting went ahead and it definitely made some improvement to it.
"We didn't have any concerns, albeit I think only two horses that I can recall went through (the patch). You can see when they got near the 100, they were staying three, four off the fence."
Shane Bloomfield and Tony Patterson did most of the work, with harness racing driver Blake Jones, who now resides on the neighbouring property, also lending a hand to pack up.
GUNDAGAI trainer Jim Scobie is enjoying a successful year of show jumping.
Scobie leads the Jumping NSW amateur championship at the halfway point of the year.
Scobie has three of the top four combinations on the overall points score after six rounds.
He has the equal lead on 30 points with Soxdown and Boomerang Cafe, and has a share of equal third on 29 points with Fernhill Aussie Balou.
COROWA Race Club will hold the only race meeting in the Southern District for the week.
The club has received 188 nominations for the seven-race card, where the A & A Automotive Open Handicap (1400m) is the feature.
The open has attracted nominations from Victorians such as East Beast, Yeldarb, Ghost Doctor and Condo's Express. Narrandera Cup winner Power Me Up is among the nominations, along with Bell's Innocent and Straover.
There is also expected to be two barrier trials held, which could feature a number of Kosciuszko hopefuls.
The track was rated a soft seven on Wednesday.
Monday: Corowa (TAB)
Friday: Wagga (TAB)
Tuesday: Albury (TAB)
Thursday: Wagga (TAB)
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