FILLING the trifecta, or finishing in the first four, with your stable runners isn’t too much to ask…is it?
With 10 entrants at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday trainer Jess Tubbs finds herself in an uncommon situation.
Seven of Tubbs’ runners are in just two races, with three to contest the opening event and four in the fifth race.
“It’s not something that usual happens for us,” Tubbs said. “It’s not ideal to have four in one race for our clients or us, but we’ve got to take the opportunity while we’re racing.
“The move to districts has led to some clashes with our team, but that’s just what has to happen given the times we are all facing.
“Maybe we can have a lot of luck and get a trifecta or the first four home.
“The goose neck only holds five so we’ll be making a few trips too.”
Faring best of the trio, Im No Outlaw has drawn barrier four, but slots into two with the removal of the emergencies.
A last start winner in Bendigo – with three victories from his previous four outings – Im No Outlaw is ready to score again according to Tubbs.
The four-year-old’s stablemates Illawong Class and Cocosfella will come from five and six.
“I don’t see why he can win again,” Tubbs said. “He’s been working well and is ready to run another good race.
“If the emergencies come out it ends up a really good draw for him.”
Team favourite Little Peanut will then compete against three of his stablemates later in the evening.
First-up since mid February, the son of Blissfull Hall has drawn barrier four.
Robert The Bruce will come from five, Huli Nien has gate seven and Joe Nien has drawn barrier nine.
“Little Peanut has been working well so we’ll wait and see how he goes,” Tubbs said. “He has freshened-up well and is feeling pretty good so hopefully he puts in a good run.
“We’ve had him since he was a scrawny baby being broken in and is a little favourite.
“He is a rat bag actually but because he’s got ability gets away with it!”