Latham Eyes Midway Repeat With Momack

Keagan Latham noticed a difference in consistent gelding Momack when he partnered the galloper to victory at Rosehill two weeks ago.

Momack had a couple of trainer changes in the two years since Latham previously rode the five-year-old, who is now with Blake Ryan, and when the duo combine again in the Midway Handicap (1400m) on Saturday he will do so with even more confidence in the horse.

“He was quite a difficult horse, he needed things to go his way, but Blake seems to have got a lot out of him in the time he’s had him,’’ Latham said.

“Hopefully things can go his way like it did the other day.

“He’s an on speed kind of horse, he travels nicely in the ground and if he doesn’t get attacked early he can be strong on the line.”

The gelding’s half length win over Anagain, who lines up against him once again, cost him 2.5kg going into Saturday’s race but the extra impost doesn’t overly concern Latham.

He doesn’t expect to change too much from the winning formula and will look to put Momack, $9 with TAB on Friday, either in or near the lead once again and hope to get him comfortable.

“He’s a big horse so he should be able to carry the weight, it’s a similar sort of race to last time and I think he can be competitive again,’’ he said.

“Anagain is the horse we have to beat but it will have to come from behind us so if we can get some easy fractions in the early part of the race he can be strong.

“He relishes the ground and he deserved that win the other day. Hopefully it can push his confidence in the right direction.”

– Racing NSW

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