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Dellar Cautiously Optimistic with Ningbo

Local trainer Merv Dellar is cautiously optimist that last start winner Ningbo can perform well tomorrow at the KBRC.

The three year old daughter of Star Witness will line up in the SRW Sheds Handicap over 1300m coming off a brilliant victory last start when winning by six lengths in maiden company.

Dellar is happy with his filly’s progress since her last start albeit having to scratch her last week after a minor stable incident.

Dellar believes top weight Jingtang will be hardest to beat in the event.

“Ningbo’s going well and I am happy with her, but I don’t know if she can beat the top weight (Jingtang), he was pretty impressive the other day” Dellar said.

“She’s put on about thirty kilos since last prep, the key this time is she has kept it on, she looks good and she’s a much happier horse this year”

Tayla Stone will ride the galloper once again after being aboard for the last start victory.

Dellar also has Here Comes Poppy engaged in the same event who was a victim of bad luck last start when wide throughout.

“He didn’t get a lot of favours last start”

“He looks a treat and he is working really well so I’m hoping he can cross from his gate and get some cover”

“If everything goes well then he is a chance of figuring”

Dellar has A Bit Sketchy engaged in the Acorn Human Resources Handicap over 1100m.

Master Winks trained by George Grljusich looks to be favourite in the affair however Dellar believes a better draw will assist his mare’s chances.

“She’s drawn a gate and I’m hoping she will get an easier run when compared to last start when forced to go back”

“George’s horse (Master Winks) had lengths on us and looks to be the one to beat again”

“My horse topped up quite a bit last start so I believe she has taken a lot out of that run”

Grljusich has elected not to claim on Master Winks with his charge handicapped with 59.5kg whilst A Bit Sketchy will carry 53.5kg with Tayla Stone’s claim.

Dellar believes that the Excellent Art mare’s willingness to try is her biggest attribute and will see her succeed as she goes further into this preparation.

“I’d like to have a stable full of horses like her, she tries every time”

Dellar has indicated that Kronfeld, his best performed horse of recent years will line up in open company next week over 1100m.