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Hawkesbury Sunday - Easier Option Selected For Sun And Heir

Dual acceptor Sun And Heir will dodge metropolitan-trained horses in a bid to clinch a breakthrough success on his home track at Hawkesbury on Sunday.

Hawkesbury Sunday - Easier Option Selected For Sun And Heir

Dual acceptor Sun And Heir will dodge metropolitan-trained horses in a bid to clinch a breakthrough success on his home track at Hawkesbury on Sunday.

Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith has chosen the Hawkesbury Equine Veterinary Centre Provincial & Country Maiden Handicap (1300m) because he feels it is an easier option to the Richmond Residential Pty Ltd Maiden Plate over the same distance which is open to all-comers including Sydney-trained horses.

However Mayfield-Smith is uncertain whether Sun And Heir will cope with the heavy conditions.


“He has never raced or trialled on a wet track, so it’s hard to say with any confidence how he will handle heavy ground,” Mayfield-Smith said.

“Hopefully the fact that he is out of a More Than Ready mare will be to his advantage.

“Sun And Heir is working well, and this does look a nice race for him if he handles the heavy track.”

Grant Buckley will ride Sun And Heir, who has raced only three times and is showing steady improvement.

At his latest outing, he finished third to Wirnpa over 1100m at Hawkesbury on May 30.

Mayfield-Smith, who earlier in the week announced the retirement of his stable flag-bearer Famous Seamus, also has Drill Master in Sunday’s J.K. Williams Contracting Benchmark 65 Handicap (1500m) but will wait until race morning before deciding whether to proceed with a start.

“Drill Master is a bit iffy in the wet and at this stage is not a certain runner,” Mayfield-Smith said.

“I will see what happens with the weather over the next 48 hours and make up my mind before the 7.30am deadline on Sunday.”

Apprentice Rachel Hunt will ride Drill Master if Mayfield-Smith gives the “green light”, her 3kg allowance reducing his weight to 57.5kg.

Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Garry White also has withdrawn his dual acceptor Dunatun from the 1300m Maiden Plate to contest the Provincial & Country Maiden over the same trip.

White’s apprentice Ashleigh Borg will partner him in the chosen event. Her 4kg claim will lessen his weight to 51kg – 3.5kg below the minimum.

Dunatun, a two-year-old by proven wet track sire Snitzel, has raced only four times and resumed when eighth to I Am Excited in a Warwick Farm 2YO Maiden Plate (1200m) on May 31.

Cessnock trainer John Bannister is one who won’t be in the least concerned with the current wet conditions, ensuring a heavy surface for the meeting.

His representative in the Turtle Nursery & Landscape Supplies Benchmark 60 Handicap (2000m), Miss Tickles (Alison Threadwell), is an accomplished wet tracker.

The six-year-old Youthful Legs mare has started seven times on heavy ground for two wins and four placings.

In one of those victories, she romped home by more than seven lengths over 2200m on a Heavy 10 at Scone in July last year.

Hawkesbury was rated a Heavy 9 on Friday with a penetrometer reading of 5.85. The track has received nearly 100mm of rain in the last few days.

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