Clean River will aim for a third straight victory at Newcastle International Paceway on Friday afternoon but regardless of the result owners Warren and Deb Grainger have already doubled their previous strike rate.
The couple from Parkville, just north of Scone, had reportedly experienced just one win during their 30 years in the industry before Clean River’s back-to-back success at Newcastle on November 19 and 26.
This record could be tripled in as many weeks if Louth Park trainer-driver combination Darren and Brad Elder can steer the seven-year-old gelding past the likes of Bathurst group 1 finalist Gotta Go Gold, which is resuming from a four-month spell for Valentine’s Sam Dimarco.
Jumbo Asakei, prepared by Greg Brown, is also coming off recent success in the seventh (2030 metres).
Elsewhere on the card the Elders will race against each other in the fourth with Brad on board Lucky Ned Pepper and Darren in the gig for Bad Boy Mara.
Meanwhile, Borninastorm will head to Menangle on Tuesday with an eye towards this month’s Inter City Pace program following a sentimental win on the weekend.
The Brad Miles-trained eight-year-old gelding took out the Maureen Mordue Memorial at Maitland on Sunday and looks set to attack the same track again on December 30 following a trip down the freeway next week.
“I was pretty close to Maureen so it was a good one to get hold of,” Miles said. “He [Borninastorm] just came back from a spell and he went super. We’ll go to Sydney for a crack over the mile and then probably have a look at the Inter City carnival.”
Borninastorm contested the Inter City Pace heats two years ago and finished fifth in January’s Caterforce Pace on finals night at Maitland.