Bullsbrook trainer Kristy Casey has only one horse presenting at Geraldton tomorrow, and all focus will be on her recently acquired Shamardal 5yo Detection ($3.50 fav) in the Rich Maslen Memorial BM68+ HCP 1100m.
Formally with the Adam Durrant camp, Casey has had two starts with Detection at Ascot since taking over the training duties – with the bay geldings’ narrow second to Moet Me last start a good sighter coming into tomorrow’s race.
No stranger to carrying the “grandstand”, the notorious leader has every opportunity to shoot forward from barrier three, while promising apprentice Jake Casey will reduce the impost to 58kgs with his 1 ½ kg claim.
With six victories from 30 career starts (all between 1000-1200m), Casey looks set to add further to the prize purse tally of $228,100.
In other races, Shooting Iron ($2.50 fav) for Tony Scally will also be hoping to convert on a notable drop in class in the Frank Hunt Memorial Apprentices Cup BM58+ 1900m, following a disappointing run in the Geraldton Cup.
The Brocco 6yo’s form prior had been ultra-consistent – winning over the 1900m trip four back in BM64+ company, before collecting two runner up cheques over 2000m and 2132m in BM68+ grade.
Later in the program, the Kim Anderson prepared Onfriar ($7.50) will be aiming to go one better following a barnstorming short head second last start to Our Mantle after coming from ninth on the turn over 1200m – the extra 100m on offer here should be enough to salute if it can repeat the run prior.