A Wagga Town Plate winner, Irish Songs, will carry a strong connection with the city into Saturday's $1.3 million The Kosciuszko (1200m) at Randwick.
The dramatic scratching of Corowa galloper Front Page on Thursday forced the William Farrer Hotel's Super Punters Club (SPC) to revisit the form guide and assess a runner from the four emergencies.
Late on Thursday, they settled on the Kurt Goldman-trained Irish Songs, which won the 2020 Wagga Town Plate over the same distance. Ironically, the Goulburn gelding was elevated from emergency and relished the heavy track.
"Our committee liked what they heard from the trainer and he handles the soft alright, which it could be," SPC manager David Barnhill said.
Star jockey Kerrin McEvoy has made the switch with them and will now steer Irish Songs from gate 14 instead of Front Page.
"McEvoy on board helps. He rode him last start and thought he was unlucky not to win... they think there's a bit of upside there so let's hope so," Barnhill said.
Irish Songs was third in a midweek 1300m event at Rosehill last Wednesday, flashing home from last on the turn after missing the start badly.
The Goulburn galloper was eighth in last year's Kosciuszko and is a $41 chance on Saturday.
The six-year-old was fourth in this year's Wagga Town Plate before a third in listed company down the straight six at Flemington at his following start.
The Kosciuszko favourite, Handle The Truth, was fourth in last year's Kosciuszko and second in this year's Wagga Town Plate.
Trained by Keith Dryden, the topweight has had only two starts since the Wagga Cup Carnival, in group two and group three company in September.
Goldman declared his Town Plate victory to be the fulfilment of a childhood dreams. The horse also won his maiden on Snake Gully Cup day at Gundagai three years ago.
A result in the $1.3 million dollar The Kosciuszko at Royal Randwick in partnership with a Wagga punters club would continue the connection with the region.
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