Border raider hoping for more success at Ballina

A BIG drop in grade has Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy warming to his horse Amata at the Ballina TAB race meeting today.

Guy has made many successful forays across the border and he hopes the trend continues with the five-year-old Show A Heart mare in the Benchmark 55 Hcp (1305m).

Amata has been racing against stronger grade on the Gold Coast and looks beautifully placed.

"The big drop in grade is really going to help her," Guy said.

"Two runs back she wasn't beaten far (1.3 lengths) in Class 5 company. This is a big drop in class.

"That and a wet track is going to help her.

"With the good prizemoney in these types of races it makes it worthwhile coming down the highway."

Amata is out of the unraced General Nediym mare Cabena.

"There's a story to her (Cabena)," Guy said.

"We bred her. She was born with terrible front legs so we left her alone in a paddock until she was a three-year-old.

"I managed to get her going, she trialled great, winning by six lengths, and a week out from her racing she broke down and had to be retired."

Fortunately for Guy and Forsyth, Amata has had no such problems.

She has proven a handy mare with three wins and five placings from 28 starts but according to Guy should have a better overall record.

"She's just one of those horses who needs everything to go right for her," he said.

"She gets back and always needs some luck in running.

"She's a solid, big mare. There's plenty of her but she's good to do anything with.

"Her work's been very good since her last run and to me Monday looks the right sort of race for her."