Strong field for Barker
A strong field of nominations for the Tabtouch-Regional Championships (1200m) will headline the second Great Southern race meeting at Mt Barker Turf Club on Sunday.
There have been 135 nominations across seven races, a significant increase on the 70 that were nominated for the first meeting in October, with 21 nominations for the feature race.
Within the field is local trainer Liam O’Loughlin’s Multimagic, who will be running first up.
O’Loughlin is hopeful of a strong showing.
“He’s working well and I reckon he’s got a lot of upside — we’ll see what happens and go from there,” he said
“The 1200m might be too short but he’s got to run two of them.
“He’s got to run in the top four on Sunday which I’m hoping he will.
“1800m-2000m would be more his go, but we’ll just keep him fresh and run him over these two races.
“He’ll be real competitive on Sunday though.”
O’Loughlin also has Elite Flight from his stable racing in the Plantagenet Concrete Handicap (1300m), but said her focus was the Golden Bracelet race at Albany next year.
“She should go good first-up but her main aim is the bracelet in January,” he said
“They’ve been in work for 17 weeks with no trials so they should be really fresh and ready to go.”
The Steve Wolfe-trained Hey Listen will also compete in the feature race.
The four-year-old had two wins in June at Belmont and Pinjarra.
Secret Minx, from Mark Nelson’s stable, will be racing first-up and Nelson said he expected her to race well.
“She’s resuming from a spell and should run a nice race — we expect her to benefit from the run and we should see natural improvement.” he said. The Bruce Williamson Memorial Handicap (110m) is the first race and will start at 140pm.
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