THE MUNCE REPORT - GRAFTON & DOOMBEN

Jul 09, 2019

Trainer Chris Munce will be hoping for a repeat of last year's Grafton carnival success when a team of quality runners represents the stable at this week's two-day feature carnival at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

Having claimed last year's Grafton Cup with FIRST CRUSH, sprinters SMARTYPY and SNOOPY will contest the feature $160,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton on Wednesday while last start winner CENTREFIRE contests the feature 2YO race on the second day of the carnival on Thursday.

Also lining up at Grafton on Thursday is GLOBAL CHOICE who drops back to the 1200m in search of her maiden win.

At Doomben on Wednesday, the stable has CHRISTMAS CREEK chasing his maiden victory over 1350m, while HELFUCHI resumes from a spell over 1000m, having taken benefit from a recent barrier trial.

Trainer Chris Munce previews the stable's runners below:

Grafton: Clarence River Jockey Club Ltd Wednesday 10, July 2019 | View race field

Race 7 - 4:00PM GDSC RAMORNIE HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
7. Snoopy (8)Michael Murphy54.5kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "Snoopy has drawn the better of our two runners and we know he always puts in on race day so hopefully from that draw Michael Murphy can give him the run of the race. He's had enough work and is certainly fit enough going into the race. It's a tough race but he always give us his all, so fingers crossed he gets the right run and it would be great to see him win a race of this calibre."

14. Smartypy (17)                     Sean Cormack     54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "I'm really pleased with the way she's continued to train-on and hold her form leading into this race. She had a nice blow out in a jump out last Tuesday with Sean Cormack on top and he was very happy with the way she performed. The draw hasn't been kind to us but hopefully she can settle somewhere to be able to use her explosive finish. She's done a terrific job this campaign and hopefully she can end it on a winning note."


Doomben: Brisbane Racing Club@Doomben Wednesday 10, July 2019 | View race field

Race 1 - 11:27AM SKY RACING Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Handicap (1350 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
4. Christmas Creek (1)Ron Stewart      57kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "From the good draw, he looks to get the right run in the race on the speed and he has come on nicely. He is going into unchartered territory at the 1350m but he is certainly fit enough to give himself every opportunity in a race like this and with the weather clearing, hopefully we get to see him on top of the ground and at his best."

Race 3 - 12:37PM COUNTRY MUSIC RACEDAY BenchMark 70 Handicap (1050 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
2. Helfuchi (1)Baylee Nothdurft      58kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "From a good draw and with the 2km claiming allowance for Baylee Nothdurft, I think she is quite well placed in a race like this. My only reservation would be if we get rain overnight but she has had two nice trials and is forward enough for a race like this so I'd expect her to be competitive as she normally is."


Grafton: Clarence River Jockey Club Ltd Thursday 11, July 2019 | View race field

Race 4 - 2:10PM NBN SPRINGBOARD TO FAME 2YO SHOWCASE PLATE (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
8. Centrefire (5)Sean Cormack      54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "There is a bit of depth in the race with a couple of last start winners, but I think the way she's trialled and also won impressively first-up, she's well placed in a race like this. She's trained on very well and had a nice jump out last Tuesday which was impressive and she's a very fit racehorse going into this event."

Race 5 - 2:50PM NORTHERN RIVERS CONCRETE PUMPING BIG MAIDEN SHOWCASE HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
11. Global Choice (4)Sean Cormack     54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "This looks a nice race for her with a lot of speed and she's drawn ideally to get a perfect run with Sean Cormack aboard."


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