Trainer chases winning double at Taree
RACING: Kailenny is likely to stay at home in his box but trainer Andrew MacDonald is still hoping both his runners can salute at Taree on Monday.
MacDonald has Superlight (Race 1) and Nyah (Race 3) engaged at Taree but revealed genuine hope Kailenny (Race 6) was "more than likely” to be scratched.
"It is looking like he is not going to be racing,” MacDonald said.
"(Kailenny) pulled a shoe on Friday when I was working him and he has turned up pretty lame, so I will probably be scratching him (today).”
It's not good news for Kailenny but Superlight and Nyah are most likely to start favourites in their respective races.
Superlight has finished in the minor placings at her past three starts and MacDonald is upbeat she can breakthrough in the Maiden Handicap (1007m).
"I'm really happy with how she is coming along,” he said. "She was probably unlucky last start and her two runs before that she tried her guts out and she seems to be improving as well.”
Superlight settled down third last start but jockey Matthew Paget will be back aboard the mare on Monday and she has led both times Paget has rode her.
"Matty seems to get the best out of her and we would be mad to deviate too much from the previous runs where he rode her,” MacDonald said.
Meanwhile, Nyah put the writing on the wall with an eye-catching second behind Survey's Legacy at Newcastle last start after she was trapped three wide throughout the race.
The five-year-old mare has drawn the outside gate in the 12-horse Maiden Plate (1257m) and will need luck in running.
"She is fitter than she has been before and she came through her last run really well,” MacDonald said. "We will need a bit of luck with her but she has got quality and it's just whether or not on the day she can get around them.”
Nyah tends to drift back in her races but has settled midfield at her past three starts and MacDonald is hoping she can adopt similar tactics today.
"If she can ride similar to that last run where she can hold a position and not get too far back (that would be ideal),” he said. "I don't think we can avoid being wide and we will probably end up being three-wide but hopefully she is fit enough and can handle it.
"But I will leave it up to Matthew and we will just see how the race pans out. You can have too many tactics and then something changes and you just need to roll with whatever happens.”