His younger stablemate might get more headlines from competing in tougher company, but locally trained consistent gelding Skipper Joe gets his chance to rule the yard at the feature Bathurst meeting today.
The five-year-old has been in and around the money all summer for trainer Dean Mirfin and his owners, but fourth up in a BM 58 Hcp (1308m), with leading country hoop Grant Buckley back in the saddle, is his chance to break a little drought that stretches back to mid-November on this track.
Bathurst hosts a seven-race card on Monday.Credit:AAP
It certainly hasn't been for the want of trying. Skipper Joe, with three wins and six placings from 18 starts, has had 15 runs since late March, and his biggest losing margin is well under four lengths.
He will be hard to run down, although resuming with a similar record (16:3-2-3), four-year-old stablemate Alcatran is one of his biggest dangers. A reliable performer in harder class, including Highways at Randwick, Alcatran's last win at home was a dominant performance in a Class 2 last winter.
The race, though, is far from a home track benefit, with improving filly Just Jessie and fast-finishing gelding Adsum among the chief rivals.
Earlier, Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker unveils two debutant fillies off impressive trials, Hybrid Theory and Paperscissorsrock, in a 2YO Maiden Hcp (1108m) to open the meeting.
And in another eagerly awaited return to the track, promising three-year-old gelding Jailbreak has his first run for the Kody Nestor stable at Dubbo in a Class 2 Hcp (1108m) since transferring from Brad Widdup at Hawkesbury.
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