Albury trainer Mitch Beer will seal his first Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) premiership at Corowa on Monday in a year that has been like no other.
The former Victorian trainer has several strong chances, but has opted to scratch last-start Narrandera Cup winner, Power Me Up, who has headed for a spell.
Beer has been training out of Albury for three years and being based in the border city has tested the resolve of all involved with the stable during COVID-19.
"Frustrating is an understatement. We have had a good season, but the logistics of being based on the border has bene difficult," he said.
"This will be my first SDRA premiership and it's nice to have after a tough year.
"The stable has had more seconds (36) than winners (31) which is frustrating, but you can also look at that and know if the horses aren't winning they are at least right there."
Power Me Up was set to be one of Beer's leading chances at Corowa on Monday, but he has sent him for a spell and will return for a crack at the Country Championships.
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Beer rates Seventh Seal as his best winning chance at the final meeting of the SDRA season.
Seventh Seal has finished third at his past two starts - the latest behind Claptone at Albury - and that galloper has since won at Narrandera.
Seventh Seal will contest the Balldale Hotel Benchmark 58 (1000m) where he will jump from gate seven for jockey Kayla Nisbet.
The incredible streak of the consistent Sestina should continue in the same race with the mare having finished in the first four at her past 19 starts.
Sestina has been one of the best money spinners in country racing in recent times with a string of placings and wins.
The mare ran fourth at her latest start at Narrandera and prior to that defeated subsequent winner Benno's Boy at Gundagai.
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