Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Smart mare Miss Mucho, who has been racing keenly in mobiles for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will be on trial for a start in the $30,000 Race For Roses, a 2503m standing start feature event on April 29, when she begins off 10m the $20,250 Taking You To New Heights Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
She will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, and her only appearance in a stand in Western Australia was six starts ago when she began off the 20m mark in a 2116m event at Pinjarra on February 14. She began smoothly and settled in fourth position on the pegs before moving to the one-out, one-back position 1200m from home. She finished solidly along the sprint lane to be third behind stablemates Hittheroadjack and Lawrence.
Miss Mucho contested four stands in New Zealand. She won at her first attempt when she started off the front in a 2600m event at Addington in February 2020 and was $54.10 outsider.
She led for the first 600m and then trailed the pacemaker before using the sprint lane to take the lead close to home and beat the $1.60 favourite Flying Even Bettor by a half-length.
She then had three more starts in stands at Addington and was not dangerous, finishing tenth, ninth and fifth.
Miss Mucho was unlucky in a 2536m mobile at Gloucester Park last Friday night when she enjoyed a good run behind the leader before hitting Savvy Bromac’s sulky wheel on the home turn, breaking and dropping back to finish eleventh behind Bettor Get It On.
Miss Mucho’s seven rivals on Friday night are all experienced and successful standing-start performers, with front-line runners American Bullitt and Gee Smith sure to be popular with punters.