Mestalla up for an easy win: trainer
MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matthew Dunn believes Mestalla is well placed to record back to back wins at Lismore today when he saddles up in the Lord Taverners Raceday Saturday May 23 Benchmark 60 Hcp (1516m).
The four-year-old Northern Meteor gelding is coming off a last start easy 3.8 length win in a 1516m Class 2 Plate at Lismore on April 26.
"The horse has done very well since his last win," Dunn said.
"He virtually got handed the race last time when they left him alone in front and he was able to get away with cheap sectionals.
"Hopefully he's probably going to get a soft run up front again on Friday.
"Mestalla is going as well if not better than he ever has. I couldn't be happier with him."
Dunn has had the gelding for 10 starts since transferring from Chris Waller in Sydney.
Mestalla won at his first two starts for Dunn mid last year.
An on pace type, Mestalla has continued to please Dunn since his Lismore win.
"I galloped him with a city winner after the last race at Murwillumbah on Tuesday and he worked really well beating his galloping partner," Dunn revealed.
"He's no star but he turns up every time and tries his best. That's 80 per cent of what you need in a racehorse.
"He's pretty simple, straight forward; he puts himself there are tries."
Mestalla will have no problems handling an expected heavy racing surface Dunn suggested.
"That won't be a problem," Dunn added. "He gets through wet ground good. Murwillumbah was heavy on Tuesday and he was narrowly beaten on a heavy track at Ipswich three runs back."
Mestalla rises 1kg to 60kg from his last start win with Brisbane jockey Jeff Lloyd again partnering the gelding in the six horse field.