FORCED to rate her best winning hope from three runners at Coleraine on Saturday, trainer Jane Baker put the lightly-raced Fandango on top.
Fandango lines up for his fifth start in a maiden over 1600 metres.
Timor Gold and Madness Invalencia are Baker’s other runners on the eight-race program.
The Warrnambool-based mentor said drawing wide barriers was a major concern for her runners on the tight turning Coleraine track.
“We had no luck at the barrier draw with our three runners,” Baker said.
“It’s not ideal to draw wide at Coleraine. I think Fandango is my best hope. He’s third up after recovering from an injury and is looking for the 1600 metres. I’ve been happy with his first two runs in this campaign.”
Madness Invalencia makes his racecourse debut in an 1100-metre maiden and Timor Gold runs in a maiden over 1400 metres.
“I think Madness Invalencia will develop into a nice horse,” she said. “He’s trialled well at Warrnambool and Mortlake. He’s still learning but I expect him to run well. Timor Gold put in a solid performance last time. He’s been a slow learner but should be competitive.”
Apprentice jockey Melissa Julius will ride Madness Invalencia and Timor Gold. Declan Bates rides Fandango.
I’ve been happy with his first two runs in this campaign.