Racing returns tomorrow

AFTER a long break due to drainage maintenance, the Greenwattle Racecourse track is now ready for the spring racing season. And what better way to start than with the annual Ladies Day Luncheon tomorrow with nearly 200 bookings.

The Australian Year of the Farmer, a Rotary function, has also attracted many guests.

As there has been no racing since May, the track should be in tip-top condition for racing and the rail will be in the true position.

Local first starters in the 1700 metres maiden include Hootin Herbie for Cliff Murray and Trevor for Sharyn Trolove.

Frankie Stockdale has some of his young team competing in the maiden events including Beau Regal, who finished fourth at Pakenham on a heavy track recently, and Bombsquad, who finished second in a recent trial at Sale.

Stockdale has high hopes for Bombsquad as he is an entry for the Caulfield Guineas.

Uno No, trained by Ian Hutchins, tackles the 0-68 handicap after finishing fourth at Sandown.

Benambra, who is entered in the 0-62 handicap for trainer Julie Scott and to be ridden by Thomas Sadler, always goes well fresh and after a recent trial at the track should be ready to show up on Saturday. Tanjil, for Mario Farrugia to be ridden by Sally Wynne, is getting race fit and could be one for trifectas.