Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham heads back to town knowing the 13 horse team is in fine form.
“We’ve had four winners from our last eight runners,” Graham said via the mobile whilst driving down to Rosehill on Friday. “We’ve had a couple of placings as well, won a race on Kempsey Cup day and also had a second.”
On the float bound for Sydney were Double Power and Leviosa which are due to contest races at Rosehill on Saturday. Double Power turned in a terrific effort at Warwick Farm a fortnight ago when third behind Harada Bay after travelling three wide without cover on the speed.
“A very nice horse and maybe he is a little out of his depth but you don’t know until you try them,” Graham said.
“We took him down a couple of weeks before, a three-year-old race, his own grade and we went well.”
Leading apprentice Jenny Duggan was on board Double Power at Warwick Farm but due a suspension for the 2kg claimer Graham has booked Blake Shinn for the ride.
“Jenny said in the run the horse didn’t have much luck at all,” Graham said.
“She was rapped with the run. I’m happy how the horse is going, I’m happy to give him another try.
“It is a three-year-old Willing Inglis bonus race and we thought we might have another try.
“My concern is it is his eighth start but he has raced consistently all the way through and he’ll go to the paddock win, lose or draw.
“I hope we have better luck than we did last start, he has drawn wide again but that is Blake’s job, I know the horse has done well.”
While Double Power was purchased for $13,000 and has netted two wins from nine outings and $45,350 in prizemoney Leviosa has picked up $205,850 from 12 starts having won five times. Included among the stakes won is an Inglis Bonus for winning at Grafton last year.
“Last start she was a little bit disappointing and I’m not sure why,” Graham said.
“She was in season quite badly, whether that impacted on the performance I’m not sure.
“She rarely puts in a bad run and when she does we’re not used to it.
“I’m happy with her work as well and I expect a good performance from her.”
By Craig Young