Small team firing for Hunter in new base

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Albany trainer Maria Hunter is hopeful of continuing her strong form in the Great Southern this afternoon as she prepares to saddle up three chances across the seven-race card at Percy Spencer Racecourse.

Hunter has started 14 runners in the Great Southern this season, chalking up four winners and five minor placings with her small team of gallopers.

Talented mare Cosmah Domination, lightly-raced Vigorhesta and last-start winner Miss Singapore will represent her stable at the Albany Racing Club this afternoon, while new acquisition Bregenz will compete in the Maccas/O&T Cup Cup Breakfast Wednesday 12th April Maiden (1230m).

Cosmah Domination will resume from a short let-up in the M&C Security Handicap (1100m) and clash with stablemate Vigorhesta.

Albany-based jockey Mitchell Pateman will partner Cosmah Domination, who has won twice already this campaign and is drawn perfectly in barrier one with 56.5kg on her back.

After finishing fourth in the Golden Bracelet in January, the five-year-old went down to Prince Friar by a neck and then was half a length off By Decree at her last start on February 2.

Vigorhesta has had four runs since joining the Hunter stable, winning in Albany over 1450m before a nice effort at Pinjarra and then running on strongly to go down by three-quarters of a length to Friarfighter a fortnight ago.

Local hoop Natasha Faithfull retains the ride on the six-year-old chestnut, which is also drawn well in gate 4 with 55.5kg.

Hunter said both runners appeared to have claims in the race, which also features rising sprinter Hostwin Pegasus.

“Cosmah has had a freshen-up, three weeks in the paddock,” Hunter said.

“She is more aiming for the provincial championship heat in Mt Barker second-up but should sprint well fresh.

“Vigorhesta should nearly win and is going really well.

“His run the other day was good, and I think he will improve off that run and be fresh for the 1100m.”

Hunter was also bullish about four-year-old Miss Singapore, who shot onto the scene with an impressive maiden win at Mt Barker last month, coming from ninth on the turn to win by two lengths.

The last-start winner is drawn awkwardly in gate 11 for Pateman in the Congratulations Peter Watson Albany MLA Handicap (1230m).

“She won a weak maiden but won well enough to suggest she can go on with it,” she said.

“This is a lot tougher but she looks a progressive type of horse.”

She faces a strong line-up, however, with talented type War Jeune and last-start winner Our Buddy Boy, along with Friar’s Gift, Fairly Hot, and Ellens Choice all engaged.

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