Canterbury races: Adam Duggan eyes big wins for Miss Fox

Adam Duggan will head to Canterbury with Miss Fox but will have an eye on the Muswellbrook meeting where he can have success too.

He’ll have to wait a while because Miss Fox runs in the last race at Canterbury and she’s a horse on the rise.

She’s won four from six to date and comes off a third placing last start at her first metropolitan run.

“She’s been great since the Warwick Farm run and she’s trained on well,” Duggan said.

“She looks to have improved a bit to me and she definitely fits in down there. We’ll see if she gets to a Saturday class horse soon.

“She doesn’t go that keen in her races. She always wants to relax even though she shows speed and is right there. I think she’ll run 1200m soon.”

Miss Fox will again be ridden by Louise Day and the rising apprentice will need to make quick decisions and be at her best to find a spot at a track that’s been unforgiving for some time now.

Get into the wrong part of the track and your horse is going to struggle.

“The 6m rail is a concern but here looks to be good speed around and they’ll roll forward. The horse to the outside of us (Bothered) goes forward so we should end up right in the firing line with a chance,” Duggan said.

“The market gives you an idea of the sort of race you’re in and she’s at double figure odds so it tells you it’s not a bad race.”

Duggan will decide what she does after this race and is keen to find out of season city races soon as she moves through the grades.

Jockey Louise Day will ride Miss Fox.Source:AAP

“She’s been a bit unlucky in that she’s racing at this time of the year. I would’ve loved to have had her racing in Sydney during the winter,” he said.

“I’m still deciding if she’ll have a short break soon then come back out of season but it’s hard to do when they’re going so well and are fit and healthy.”

Emergency Time Of Glory has got to run on Monday for Duggan in the Denman Cup (1280m) at Muswellbrook an hour before Miss Fox runs in Sydney.

He’s fourth-up and has two wins at today’s trip and drops 6.5kg in weight off his fourth placing last start at Tuncurry.

“I think he’s a good chance,” Duggan said.

“I’ve finally got him fit enough and he’s down in the weights.

“I was hoping to draw a little better with him because this is his right distance and if he could have got midfield it would have been the right track for him.

“He’ll get further back now but he can make up ground and he likes the dry tracks.”

Pirrama also runs for Duggan in the opening race at Muswellbrook today and she’s a real improver.

“She came back from a year off and I expect her to improve now,” Duggan said.

“It’s hard to do well first-up off a long break but I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned that run around.”

VALREE READY FOR ANOTHER BIG WIN

Hunter Valley mare Valree won the Godolphin Tiara the last time she visited Muswellbrook and is ready to add the Coolmore Denman Cup to her CV.

The Rodney Northam trained seven-year-old touched $101 at one stage of the betting when she resumed in a midweeker at Warwick Farm on September 16.

While Valree only managed to beat two horses home in the 1100m Benchmark 72, there was enough merit in the run to satisfy her Scone based trainer.

“I was very happy with the performance,’’ Northam said. “She copped a bit of interference turning into the straight and had that not happened, she probably would have finished a couple of lengths closer.’’

Hunter Valley mare Valree. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Valree is versatile enough to race handy or power home – bearing in mind she won her TAB Highway from near last on the turn – but there is an option for her race in the first handful if she can take advantage of her three alley.

“We will just see how she jumps because she can miss the kick sometimes. If she jumps and wants to run, then she will run be a bit closer,’’ Northam said.

“She is quite a consistent mare and it looks a good race for her. I think she fits in quite well.’’

Northam has three others headed to Muswellbrook namely Wickmo, Joey’s Chance and the last start winner Lucky Banner.

Lucky Banner has raced seven times posting two wins and three placings.

Her ‘worst’ run happened to coincide with Kosciuszko hopeful Ice In Vancouver’s record breaking win at Scone on September 8.

Northam’s Starspangledbanner filly more than made amends 17-days later by beating Paul Messara’s handy galloper Freedom Square at the same venue.

“I thought it was a really good win last start. She had to shoulder out in the straight and showed a bit of guts to do that because she is not a real big filly,’’ Northam said.

As for Joey’s Destiny, Northam is anticipating the grey gelding to be hitting the line fastest of all first-up in the aptly-named Denman Dash over 900m.

Wickmo meanwhile shapes as the huge improver on her most recent performance when clocking in well down the order in a TAB Highway.

“She didn’t travel well to Sydney and played up on the float on the way down.’’

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