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Wellington Races Saturday Nov 26

Trainer Rod Robb hopes injury-plagued galloper Cheltenham can take the first positive step back to a racing career when he returns from a long break at Wellington on Saturday.

Wellington Races Saturday Nov 26

Trainer Rod Robb hopes injury-plagued galloper Cheltenham can take the first positive step back to a racing career when he returns from a long break at Wellington on Saturday.

A four-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt from the the Group One-winning Filante mare Macedon Lady, Cheltenham was previously raced by Arrowfield Stud.

He was prepared by trainer Kris Lees for his only previous racetrack appearance on September 15 last year when he made a winning debut over 900m at Newcastle.


He hasn't raced since and finally resumes on Saturday for Robb and his new Scone-based owner Wayne Brown.

Cheltenham has drawn barrier 11 and has the 62.5kg in the Byrne Plumbing Class 1 Hcp (900m) and Robb is still mulling over whether to scratch the horse and wait for another day.

"Still thinking it over and Wayne and I will make a decision on Saturday morning," said Robb, who is based at Nyngan, about 160km west of Dubbo.

"Wayne bought this horse after he won on debut at Newcastle last year. He knew the horse had a few problems but told me that if we could fix him up, he might make a nice horse.

"I think he's a talented horse, but he's had a host of problems with his legs and he also needed a throat operation.

"He's been in work with me for about 15 weeks and we give him a lot of swimming. I wouldn't say he could win first-up but he's certainly a nice horse and we're just hoping he can stay sound. But horses like him with all their problems are a day-to-day proposition."

Former Canberra-trained mare Verbal can continue her strong form for new trainer Michael Lynch when she lines up in Saturday's Barnson Benchmark 60 Hcp (1400m).

Previously with the Gratz Vella stable where she managed one win from 12 starts, Verbal has won two of her four starts since joining Lynch's Cowra stable.

The five-year-old had her first start for Lynch when he resumed from a 10-month spell to finish second in a Class 2 Hcp (1100m) at Coonamble on October 9.

The five-year-old then returned to winning form with a comfortable victory in a Class 1 Hcp (1200m) at Dubbo on October 29 before Lynch tried his luck in Sydney. Verbal was beaten 3.5 lengths when seventh to Sunny Frame in the TAB Highway Class 2 Hcp over 1550m at Canterbury on November 5.

Verbal scored her second win since joining Lynch when he took out a Class 3 Hcp (1500m) at Orange last Friday.

Well drawn in barrier two for jockey Matthew Cahill, Verbal looks hard to beat again on Saturday.

There are seven races on the Wellington program and the rail will be out 3m from the 700m to the 300m and in its true position for the remainder. The track is currently rated a good 3.

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