Our Buddy Boy poised to bounce back

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Albany trainer Rebecca Wallrodt.
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Albany trainer Rebecca Wallrodt, says speedy frontrunner Our Buddy Boy will relish the return to his favoured 1500m when he tackles a small field in tomorrow’s Albany Garage Doors Handicap at Percy Spencer Racecourse.

Wallrodt has had terrific success with Our Buddy Boy since he joined her Albany stables in the 2016-2017 season, combining to win five races while being placed at 10 other starts.

A field of six will tackle tomorrow’s opening event in Albany and Wallrodt believes the step up from 1230m to 1500m will suit her galloper at his third run this campaign.

The seven-year-old ran third to Tango Ora first-up over 1100m and then raced keenly second-up before fading to finish sixth behind Arrum Boy, beaten nine lengths at his second run back from a spell.

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“His first-up run was good and his second run you can disregard,” Wallrodt said.

“He’ll be a lot better suited to this.

“From last season we were carrying 61.5kg and still running good places so for us at 54kg it’s a lot easier, it’s all weight-related.

“He goes best in front and that’s where we like him, so hopefully he can find it.”

Jockey Peter Knuckey will link up again with Our Buddy Boy who carries 54kg from barrier one and has won three of his 10 starts at the distance.

Top sprinter My Greek Boy will lump 62.5kg as topweight in the race after the claim of local apprentice Shelby Colgate and is one of two Steve Wolfe-trained runners in the race.

Wallrodt also saddles up Step Right Up on tomorrow’s eight-race card and was confident of further improvement after being held up in the home straight last start.

Glenn Smith takes the ride on Step Right Up from barrier eight in the Craig Fuller Heat And Cool Solutions Handicap (1234m).

“He’s an older horse that’s come back from a few issues,” she said.

“His last run was quite good, he copped a bit of interference and he’ll go back (in running) and work nicely to the line.”

The Wallrodt stable has also picked up maiden galloper Nomanowna, who will trial after last running in November 2017, and she was also upbeat about promising type Scandalily, who is set to resume in early January following a solid trial hit-out behind One Short in October.

There will be plenty of attention in tomorrow’s trials with star pair Dream Lifter and Run Liam Run entered over 1000m.

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