Trainer backs winning formula

WAGGA trainer Gary Colvin will make a stop at Wyong today in a bid to pick up expenses for his Grafton Cup Carnival campaign.

Colvin, a regular visitor to Grafton each July, has turned back the clock eight years to the last time he visited Wyong on his way north to the carnival.

In 2003 Colvin started his classy sprinter Lock The Key in the Wyong Cannonball (1100m) on his way to Grafton.

Lock The Key finished fourth but then went on to win the James Kirby Handicap, one of the features of the Grafton Carnival, two weeks later.

Colvin doesn't have a sprinter of Lock The Key's class in his Grafton team this year but he is heading north with three promising restricted-class horses who are going to race this week on their way north.

He will start two of the team – Street Ride and the promising High Expectation – at Wyong and has that option for last-start Albury winner Snipperette if she does not gain a start at Canterbury next Wednesday where she is drawn as an emergency.

“She is second emergency at Canterbury and if she gets a run she will start there otherwise she will start at Wyong,” Colvin said.

Colvin has booked Yusuke Ichikawa to ride Street Ride in a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices at Wyong while Tommy Berry has the mount on High Expectation.

Colvin is a close friend of top South Coast trainer Bede Murray and has been staying at his Kembla Grange stables with his Grafton-bound team since last week.

He will head to Ballina after the Wyong meeting and spend 10 days preparing his team at that track before moving to Grafton for Cup week.

“It is exactly the same plan we used with Lock The Key and it worked a treat,” Colvin said.

“He and I both lapped up the sun up at Ballina and loved it.”

Colvin expects High Expectation to be a star of his travelling team.

The horse has won three of his six starts including two of his last three starts at Wagga and Albury.