Wagga racecourse will host their feature race meeting of the year with the Wagga Cup headlining the meeting. We take a look at each of the races on the card and give our tips and best bets.
Race One: 11 House Of Nicole
Race Two: 6 Star Wars
Race Three: 1 Fiercely Defiant
Race Four: 2 Meteoros
Race Five: 1 Chinzia
Race Six: 8 Cod Rock
Race Seven: 11 Devised
Race Eight: 13 Trixie
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Best Bet: Race Five Number 1 Chinzia
Next Best: Race Eight Number 13 Trixie
Best Value: Race Four Number 2 Meteoros
French import Kourkam will be out to equal a 26-year piece of history when he lines up in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup.
The Tony McEvoy-trained five-year-old is attempting to complete the Albury-Wagga Cup double on Friday.
The last horse to achieve the feat was the Lee Freedman-trained Abstraction in 1989.
Kourkam has not raced since he beat Verdant and Self Sense in the $170,000 Albury Cup (2000m) on March 27.
McEvoy had Kourkam down to run in the JRA Plate at Randwick on April 18 but a bruised heel forced his scratching.
“He bruised his heel slightly,” McEvoy said,
“It wasn’t bad but I just didn’t want to risk him.
“Everything’s fine now. The time between runs isn’t an issue. He’s a European bred staying horse. He’s only light fleshed and weighs around 470 kilos.
“He doesn’t take a lot of training to keep him fit.”
McEvoy called on race jockey Kerrin McEvoy to make a special trip to Hawkesbury on Tuesday to partner Kourkam in his final piece of lead-up work.
“Kerrin got off and said he felt very sharp,” McEvoy said.
“We’re going into the race, a race I’d love to win, with a fit racehorse and high class jockey.”
Kourkam’s Albury Cup win was his first over 2000 metres which McEvoy said would stand him in good stead for Wagga.
“I think he’s a bit better now than before Albury,” McEvoy said.
“Having the run over 2000 metres makes a difference.”
Kourkam rises 3.5kg to 57.5kg from Albury and has drawn barrier 15.
“The weight won’t worry him but it’s certainly an awkward barrier,” McEvoy said.
“While he got back at Albury he is a horse that can be effective racing closer. We were actually going to go forward early at Albury but he missed the start and Kerrin went to plan B.”
McEvoy said all going well, Kourkam would target the $300,000 Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Doomben in June.