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    Might as well have a crack! Might as well have a crack!

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    MIGHT as well have a crack! That’s the philosophy which prompted Victorian-based horseman Scott Rains to head interstate with his in-form pacer, Angus Indiana.... Might as well have a crack!

    MIGHT as well have a crack!

    That’s the philosophy which prompted Victorian-based horseman Scott Rains to head interstate with his in-form pacer, Angus Indiana.

    With the son of Heston Blue Chip successful during his last four starts, Rains decided it was the right time to “test the water” by heading to New South Wales.

    As such, Angus Indiana is engaged in a 2300-metre ‘M0’ at Club Menangle on Saturday night.

    “It’s an unknown for me to be travelling so far just for one run,” Rains said. “It’s also the first time on the track for both of us.

    “I’ve been to Menangle to watch races, but this is the first time as a starter.

    “One of the main reasons is there were no races for him in Victoria over the long trip as he’s a good dour stayer and Melton has shorter sprints, which are not suitable, whereas 2300 metres suits him better.”

    With concession driver Lleyton Green to take the reins, Angus Indiana has drawn gate seven, but slots into six with the removal of the emergency.

    “The draw is not ideal, but could be worse,” Rains said. “I don’t know where sits among the Sydney M0 grade, but his recent form suggests he will be up to them.

    “He has won his last four, which I believe has come down to finding the key to how he has to be driven.

    “Plus he is in that sweet spot where he’s in a good routine, healthy and happy, so as long as he handles the trip and gets the right run, he should be right in it.”

    Contemplating sending the six-year-old for a short break upon his return home, Rains has set his sights on the country cup circuit later in the season.

    “The program in Victoria only goes to the end of the month and there is not a lot around for him, which makes it hard to plan ahead with any horse,” Rain said.

    “If things don’t go well on Saturday night there is a race in Kilmore in a couple of weeks, but if he does win he can’t go in that and may even go for a break.

    “If he comes back from a break as good as he is going now, my goal this spring and summer are the smaller country cups.”

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