Victorian apprentice Alex Patis will always have fond memories of Spreyton.
It’s where she won her first race – at her first ride in the state – on Shackley’s Hill a fortnight ago.
The 18-year-old then went to Mowbray for the first time last Sunday and almost repeated the dose.
At only her second ride on that track, she got beaten a nose on Sentry Duty.
Patis will be back at Spreyton on Sunday when the best of her three rides could be promising three-year-old Gasnier in the Benchmark 58 Handicap.
She will also ride Shackley’s Hill again in the Benchmark 64 Handicap and Nielson in the Benchmark 70 Handicap.
Gasnier, whose two wins have both been on the synthetic track, will be having his first start since late January.
The Adam Trinder-trained gelding has been sparingly raced throughout his short career.
Trinder had him up and running early in his two-year-old season when he showed a lot speed.
“He looked quite precocious early on and actually beat Pateena Arena in his first trial but then went shinsore,” Trinder said.
As a result, Gasnier missed the major two-year-old races and didn’t debut until April when he won a 900m maiden.
The gelding finished his first season having had only three starts and has raced only six times this season.
His main obstacle on Sunday is a wide barrier but he looks well weighted after Patis’ 4kg claim.
BURDENED BY EXPECTATION
Good breeding can be an asset in racing, or a curse.
When you’re a half brother to horse that has won 16 races and almost $1 million, the expectations are sure to be high.
So it’s no surprise four-year-old gelding Savs Finale has started at short odds nearly every time he has raced.
From the punters’ perspective, he probably hasn’t quite delivered. The half brother to horse of the year Hellova Street has won only once in eight starts.
But he’s shown enough to suggest he can add to that record, perhaps starting at Spreyton on Sunday.
The Scott Brunton-trained gelding resumes in the Class 1 Handicap where he should be hard to beat if he gets any luck from a wide gate.
He will be having his first start on the synthetic surface but Brunton, despite not being a fan of the track, seems to be able to find the right horses to race there.
Brunton’s lone runner at the last Spreyton meeting, Ella, failed by only a head.
He will have only three runners this week – his average over the season at all tracks is six runners a meeting.