Home surrounds to suit Pradnya

Good to go: Jesse Graham will make his Queen of the North debut on board Pradnya on Friday. Photo: Ivan SajkoSEVEN-year-old bay mare Pradnya loves to perform on her home track.
Nanjing Night Net

Whether it is because she enjoys not having to travel, or if it’s the casual100-metre walk to the racecourse remains to be seen.

It might be both, but Port Macquarie trainer John Sprague is confident ahead of the $70,000 Queen of the North on Friday afternoon.

Sprague, with Jesse Graham on board, will run Pradnya in the feature race at 4.50pm and it’s a case of home sweet home.

​“She always performs well here,” Sprague said.

“To just go for a walk across the road makes her feel a lot more comfortable.It’s a bit different if you have to put them in a horse float and take them up the highway.”

She will be fresh afterSprague sent her to the paddock for a couple of weeks.

“She ranthird her first start, won her second start, then missed the kick at Taree and ran down the track her next start and then she ran second the last start I gave her,” he said.

“Then I gave her a fortnight in the paddock just to freshen her up because she’s dropping back to a 1200.”

The mare has drawn barrier five and Sprague couldn’t be happier.

“It’ll put her right in the mix,” he said.

“It’s probably one of the best barriers for the 1200 because she can see where everyone else is.”

The trainer said the benefit of drawing a barrier towards the middle meant jockey Jesse Graham could “settle off the pace a little.”

“He won’t have to use her up to get her across,” he said.

Graham will make his Queen of the North debut, and Sprague will finally have a horse running in one of the feature events on the local racing calendar.

“I’ve had a few horses I’ve wanted to get ready for it, but each time something has gone adrift and things have never worked out,” he said.

“Butthis time we’ve made it to it and we’ve got to hope we’re in it with a chance.”

Sprague has a big meeting in Port Macquarie, with another three horses to feature earlier in the day.

Shelley Beach Road (1.40pm), Ibelieveinmiracles (3.35pm)and Laurentian (4.10pm)will all run.

Laurentian won in his last start, Shelley Beach Road has had two seconds in his last two starts, while Ibelieveinmiracles always performs consistently.

“He always runs a good, honest race,” Sprague said.

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