Regional talent primed for success

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
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Bill's O'Reilly, ridden by Jade McNaught, claims line honours in the Furphy Maiden (2019m) on January 16. There will be an eight race program at the Bunbury Turf Club on Monday.
Camera IconBill's O'Reilly, ridden by Jade McNaught, claims line honours in the Furphy Maiden (2019m) on January 16. There will be an eight race program at the Bunbury Turf Club on Monday. Credit: Justin Fris

Spectators will be treated to a quality afternoon of racing at the Bunbury Turf Club on Monday, with an eight-race program on offer.

Trainers from the region will feature prominently across the meeting, including Justin Warwick’s five-year-old Happy Sanday in the Eastmann and Co Accountants Maiden (1216m) – which has drawn barrier two.

Having placed three times in his first 11 starts, the Warwick stable can take heart from the five-year-old’s last run in Bunbury, finishing a close second to Arctic Blue on January 16.

Another question looming ahead of Monday’s BOQ Bunbury Handicap (2038m) is, will Fly Away Peter manage to finally secure a long awaited victory?

After comprehensively winning by 2.5 lengths on November 1, Mark Wright’s six-year-old has dominated for lengthy stages in all of his past five runs, however hasn’t been able to salute at the winning post.

With South West born and raised rider Kate Witten in the saddle, a positive result is possible despite having drawn the rails.

It looks to be a fairly open field across the Infinite Energy Handicap (1705m), although local rider Lucy Warwick is aboard promising six-year-old Mulga.

Racing gets under way at 1.14pm.

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