LAUREN Tritton hates being out of the action for too long.
And a few weeks on the sidelines with a lower back injury has only strengthened her resolve to be a bigger force next season.
Tritton was back in action, albeit earlier than expected, when she took seven drives at Menangle on Saturday night and showed she had lost none of her prowess with victory aboard the talented Gods Spirit, rating 1:52.5 to win by almost 10 metres from Brocks Territory and The Wrangler.
In what must have been a satisfying return to the sulky, Lauren also finished second with three others – Blue Moon Rising, Elect To Rock and Motu Gatecrasher.
The busy young driver will have a much quieter day at Menangle today but is still expected to have some success when she handles Elderberry Stride in Race 6.
The lightly-raced Bettors Delight stallion has an imposing record of four wins and three placings from just 10 starts, including three wins this season and after being installed a $2.35 favourite for ‘Team Tritton’ today, should be able to account for a strong field.
In what should prove a great day for the ladies at Menangle, ace Bathurst reinswoman Amanda Turnbull will handle the shortest-priced favourite of the meeting when she takes nicely-bred former Kiwi Hurrikane Poker out in Race 5, the C91.3FM Pace.
First-up from New Zealand where he has one win from five starts, Hurrikane Poker is believed to be trialling well for his new connections and despite drawing in the middle of the field in gate seven, should be too slick for his rivals.
And just to keep the woman at the top of the tree, in-form trainer Kerry McDowell looks to have a mortgage on Race 4, the Wards Accounting Group Ladyship Pace, where she will have two starters, Chezmac (Leonard Cain), who is listed a $9 in early betting and New York Rain ($2.50 favourite), who will be driven by Kerry’s father-in-law, veteran reinsman Colin McDowell.
New York Rain finished a sound fourth to Balfast at Menangle last week after being caught wide in the early stages before stand-in reinsman Robbie Morris worked forward to settle outside the leader and race without cover for the rest of the race eventually being beaten about 14m.
Colin McDowell won on this mare at Menangle last month and she should be suited by the small field and give a good account of herself again today.
By MICHAEL COURT