Southern Lad Returns To Wagga Carnival With Some Unfinished Business


It was described as 'the one that got away' last year when Southern Lad finished 2nd in the Wagga Town Plate when having a luckless run on a Heavy 8 track. And with trainer John O'Shea confident he's in better form this year than last, he's hoping he can go one better in the $200,000 event. Regan Bayliss who partnered him for two seconds in stakes class last preparation has opted to travel to the Wagga meeting for just the one ride. Regan was keen to stick with Southern Lad after his most recent trial win at Randwick a fortnight ago in preparation for the Town Plate where he gave the horse a glowing post-trial report.

Drawn barrier 16 in the field, Regan will be forced to ride Southern Lad where his is comfortable and will hopefully be able to obtain some cover throughout the run. The big, long Wagga straight will give him plenty of time to wind up and hopefully be fighting out the finish.

The main chances the race is the Mark Newnham trained Marway who has drawn barrier 11 and will be on-speed. The 5YO son of Hemingway was a last start winner in Benchmark 78 grade over 1250m on the Kensington track. The Anthony & Sam Freedman trained Open Minded is going for 5 straight wins but has barrier 22 to contend with. He looks to be a potential stakes horse in the making after winning in BM84 grade last start at Caulfield.

Thursday's Town Plate is Southern Lad's 29 career start and if he happens to win the event, he'll crack the $500,000 prize money mark which will be a fantastic milestone for the $75k Inglis Easter yearling purchase.

Best of luck to his owners- go the lad!!


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