LEADING reinsman Greg Sugars is unsure what expect when he races on grass tomorrow.
Just to clarify, Sugars will drive in two races which won’t be on the tradition harness racing surface, but on the Yarra Valley Racing Club’s grass circuit.
Sugars will partner Jade Nien and Doug with the pair of trotters trained by his wife Jess Tubbs.
“I’m not sure of what to expect on the grass track,” Sugars said. “I’ve never driven in a grass race, but have driven a horse on grass in New Zealand.
“I’m tipping it will be bumpy ride, but I am looking forward to it.
“If they have been getting the sort of rain we’ve been getting for the past couple of days it will be quite boggy I would imagine.”
Jade Nien will be first in action when she takes on older rivals over 1950 metres.
Despite being a maiden from just five starts, the three-year-old will begin from the inside of the 10-metre handicap.
“It’s a fair task for her, but we expect her to prove competitive,” Sugars said. “She ran a handy second when first-up from a break last week and will be better for the outing.
“It will also come down to how she handles the grass surface, which I imagine will be the case with a few of them, including Doug later on the card.”
Another lightly-race squaregaiter, Doug faces a daunting 40-metre handicap in the 1950-metre stand.
The raw four-year-old is unbeaten from three starts this season.
“He is a nice trotter on the way up,” Sugars said. “We really like him.
“He’s up against a handy field, and there is the grass factor, so we’ll just see how he handles it.
“If he’s comfortable on the surface he should go close.”