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    Another trip to town, another tough draw Another trip to town, another tough draw

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    ANOTHER racing engagement at Tabcorp Park Melton and another tough draw. It seems to be that elementary for Sofala. The Donna Castles-trained gelding will... Another trip to town, another tough draw

    ANOTHER racing engagement at Tabcorp Park Melton and another tough draw.

    It seems to be that elementary for Sofala.

    The Donna Castles-trained gelding will make his sixth appearance at the venue where he will begin from the outside of the front row in the Country Clubs Championship on Saturday night.

    Sofala’s previous visits have seen him receive four second line barriers and the outside of the front!

    “The draw makes it tough on him again,” Castles said. “We are out there on a limb, so I’m not sure what I will do at the start until they get going.

    “He’s not an easy horse to drive as he is not always well gaited – sometimes it’s like he has 10 legs.”

    Castles’ barrier worries also include the short-priced favourite Jilliby Chevy drawing to find the lead.

    Jilliby Chevy is listed at $1.45 on TAB Fixed Odds, with Sofala the third elect at $6.50.

    Jilliby Chevy finished a half-head second behind Sofala in their heat.

    Also successful in his qualifier, Tam Major splits the pair at $5 despite his second row draw.

    Sofala is by former stayer Safari, which was trained by Emma Stewart who prepares Tam Major.

    “Having Jilliby Chevy starting on our inside makes it even tougher as I imagine he’ll go forward,” Castles said.

    “Tam Major is also in very good form and will no doubt be right in it even from the draw.

    “It’s a very nice handy field as you’d expect in such a Final. There are some good horses which are coming through the grades among them.”

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