Albury trainer Donna Scott leans towards Takissacod as the better of her two chances in Friday's $100,000 Snake Gully Cup (1400m).
Scott will be represented in the Gundagai feature for the first time by not one but two from her stable and both are leading chances.
Takissacod booked her place in the field with victory in the Stan Sadleir Stakes at Wagga last month, a race that earns exemption of the ballet.
Oamanikka joins her in the field on the back of a last-start failure at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day, but was a winner at Wagga the start prior.
Oamanikka is the $5.00 second favourite with TAB, with Takissacod next at $5.50.
Scott however leans towards Takissacod.
"You can't take anything away from the mare," Scott said.
"To have three starts for us for two wins and a second in town, she's probably the one you've got to put on top.
"Oamanikka's been good. If you take away the run at Flemington, that wasn't a race that we targeted down there...he didn't overly disgrace himself, he was just a bit outclassed.
"He's drawn a bit better and seems to be racing a bit more on-pace. On how it lies, she probably deserves it, this is a race up her alley."
Takissacod has drawn barrier 15, but is likely to start from 11 in the field of 12, after scratchings. Jack Martin takes the ride.
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The Gundagai track is expected to be in the heavy range, pending how much rain arrives on Friday morning.
How the mare handles the wet is Scott's only query.
"I think Takissacod, other than that she's a bit unknown in the wet, she definitely has good form and if she had of drawn a gate I thought she was in it up to her eyeballs," she said.
"Now we're just a little bit uncertain. She's run third on a heavy track in her form but it's a little bit uncertain.
"I'm not too worried about the gate. I think there's plenty of pace in the race and I really think she's a better horse if you can find a bum to follow. Being out wide, hopefully she can get across and I'd even be happy with three deep with cover.
"She's pretty fit and hopefully all she's got to do then is get through the going."
Oamanikka, meantime, is a proven wet-track performer, having placed in three out of his four starts on heavy, and has won his only two starts on soft going.
Winona Costin takes the ride from what will likely be barrier three.
"(The wet) is a bit more in his favour. He's probably got a bit more genuine wet form than she has," Scott said.
"But that's about the only thing that might favour one more than the other."
Scott has never had a Snake Gully Cup runner before. She is looking forward to welcoming the connections of both horses to the track.
"Because I've never had a runner it before or had anything up to running in it because what sort of race it is, I'm never taken much notice of prizemoney and things like that. For the local area, it's as good as the money is in anything," she said.
"I know other years there has been city trainers come, this year it looks a nice country race."
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