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Hawkesbury Saturday - Home Track Choice For Addicticraft

Lightly-raced Addicticraft will be given the chance to shed his maiden status on his home track at Hawkesbury after trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith opted to stay at home rather start the four-year-old at Canterbury on Friday night.

Hawkesbury Saturday - Home Track Choice For Addicticraft

Lightly-raced Addicticraft will be given the chance to shed his maiden status on his home track at Hawkesbury after trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith opted to stay at home rather start the four-year-old at Canterbury on Friday night.

The four-year-old, runner-up at three of his only four starts (in which he has been partnered by the experienced Jeff Penza) to date, is bursting to break through in the Board Express Maiden Plate (1800m).

Mayfield-Smith gave plenty of thought to Addicticraft’s weekend assignment, made even tougher by soft draws at both venues and the booking of 3kg claiming apprentices to lessen his topweight.


“In the end, I felt the Hawkesbury race was the easier of the two,” Mayfield-Smith said.

“I’ve had a good opinion of the horse right from the start and am keen to get his maiden out of the way.

“He definitely has his chance to do that tomorrow.”

Kembla Grange apprentice Brock Ryan’s claim will lessen the son of Ad Valorem’s weight to 56kg – only 1.5kg above the minimum.

Ryan, apprenticed to leading trainer Gwenda Markwell (who has Dress Rehearsal opposing Addicticraft), has won twice from five rides for Mayfield-Smith, who is impressed with him.

“He listens attentively and is a progressive young rider,” Mayfield-Smith said.

Late starter Addicticraft is in his first season of racing, and caught the eye on debut when a strong-finishing second to Poet’s Advocate in a 1300m Maiden Plate at Hawkesbury on September 8.

He has since filled similar placings at Gosford and Kembla Grange, the latest behind Elatus (a strong fancy in tomorrow’s Winston Express Haulage Class 1 Handicap, 1600m) over 1600m on November 12.

Mayfield-Smith has also given Ryan the mounts on his other Hawkesbury runners; Cheerful Charlie (Sharpe Legal & Conveyancing 3YO Maiden Handicap, 1300m) and Drill Master (TAB Rewards Benchmark 60 Handicap, 1300m).

Ryan scored on former Victorian Drill Master at his third start for his new trainer in a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices, at Bathurst on November 7.

“The horse has trained on well since that win,” Mayfield-Smith said.

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