Gilgandra trainer Bryan Dixon will hold the hometown advantage on Saturday when he prepares three runners for the 2020 Collie Cup.
La La Loopsy, Song One and True Pride will be Dixon’s trio of runners, and they are sure to be well versed with the Gilgandra course.
The 56-year-old trainer even spruiked one of his leading chances for the $14,000 feature event.
“I think La La Loopsy will go good, she is the pick of them, but she drew the worst barrier,” Dixon said.
The nine-year-old, who has drawn gate 16 , will have the services Reece Jones and is certainly capable type, having won four of her first six starts, whilst also running second in the 2017 Western Districts qualifier for the Country Championships.
Still, the Raheeb mare has been an enigma of sorts in the later stages of her career and hasn’t won in her previous 11 starts, 10 of those starts being with the Dixon stable.
Song One is another capable type from the Dixon yard and draws gate eight and has Julia Presits on board but may struggle in this event first up.
“Song One goes good but might need a run or two being first up,” Dixon said.
Finally, Dixon has True Pride racing in the 1280m event, who drew gate 15 and has Angela Cooper in the saddle.
Despite boasting some strong chances, Dixon said the race complexion could change in the coming hours, especially with more rain on the radar.
“Gilgandra is one of the best wet weather tracks in Australia, but how the race is run will depend on the weather,” Dixon said.
“We have just had a shower here (in Gilgandra) and a couple of showers during the week and we are a soft five, but because it is so wet, it will only take 10ml before it becomes water-logged.”
The 36-year veteran of the sport has only been in Gilgandra for four years and admitted it would be nice to win a home-town cup.
“We’ve been here four years and it would be great to win one of our local cups,” Dixon said.
“It’s a good meeting and everyone from Collie gets in there and it’s a great day out because everyone supports the meeting.”
Interestingly, all three of Dixon’s runner’s tomorrow will have apprentice jockeys on board.
“I was born and bred in the game, dad was born and bred in the game, and I’ve been around horses my whole life and I know how it important it is for young jockeys to ride,” Dixon said.
“I am a great believer in giving apprentices a go; they try a bit harder and they are a bit gamer, they want to make a name for themselves.”
The Gilgandra Jockey Club Collie Cup will kick off at 4.37pm on Saturday and rounds out what will be an entertaining six-race-program.
2020 Collie Cup field
COLLIE HOTEL COLLIE CUP 1280m 4: