Benalla might witness a new star

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla has its last race meeting of the season on Friday and the Lindsay Park stables at Euroa are using it to advance one of their promising youngsters, and to blood a couple of lightly raced two-year-olds.

Lindsay park racing manager Rayan Moore said Bare Witness, a three-year-old filly that won her last start at Wangaratta, would be racing in a BM58 over 1200m.

Moore said the horse had had five starts for a win and two placings.

‘‘She broke her maiden at Wangaratta and we see Benalla as a good stepping stone for her as she starts to mature into her role,’’ Moore said.

‘‘We will also have two two-year-olds going around in a maiden — Sticks has had one unplaced start, and Classic Choice has been raced twice but is also yet to run a place.

‘‘Benalla is a great track to use for our young horses, at Lindsay Park we regard it as our home track.

‘‘This week is a bit of an off-season meeting so we are not really sure what the quality will be like, as final acceptances don’t come out until tomorrow (Wednesday).

‘‘But it will be a good outing for the small team we are sending and has a good record of helping us set up horses for a go at tracks in town.’’

Benalla Racing Club general manager Cameron Symes said the gates would open at noon with the first race on the eight-race card to jump at 1.30pm.

The lucky last will start at 5pm.

‘‘This will be our last event for this racing season while we break over the winter months,’’ Symes said.

‘‘We have had a good run this season — our Benalla Cup meeting was a big success — and we will be working hard during the break to make sure we come back with an even better program after August.’’