Every winner will earn his or her keep on another rain-affected track at Tuesday's Ballina meeting, but they'll save a special cheer down the highway if one of the Big Banana's more affectionate gallopers finally wins his first race.
Tough five-year-old gelding Guest, from the Jim Jarvis yard at Coffs Harbour, is still searching for that breakthrough victory ahead of his 24th start in a Maiden Plate at set weights.
Coffs Harbour in NSW has been one of regions hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
It hasn't been through want of trying. A good wet-tracker by Chilean sire Host, Guest has run a staggering 15 placings since a Victorian debut in the summer of 2017, often narrowly missing charging home late in his customary style.
Today, though, fourth-up and coming off a surging finish in similar ground at Port Macquarie, connections and punters can finally be rewarded.
His biggest hurdle is likely to come from well-bred and progressive Far North Coast three-year-old Hogan's Dare, who missed by a head pulling off a big betting move at only his second start a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, amid a group of good gallopers crossing the border, Gold Coast-based filly Take Tea can break a run of outs in a competitive Class 3 Handicap over 1590 metres.
A daughter of former group 1 star Testa Rossa, Take Tea boasts a 25 per cent winning strike rate from only 12 starts, and has more than held her own in tougher metro company for much of this year. She drops back from a good closing effort at Doomben three weeks back, and looks nicely placed with a 2kg claim.
And If you want a maiden to test your form resolve, look no further than Race 4 over 1000m.
It features a likely quartet of first starters, four others resuming, including two that have switched from Albury and Victorian stables, and the remaining two second-up.
Plenty of questions will be answered, although home-track three-year-old gelding My Cousin James looks hard to beat on debut off a dominant trial win.
Tips supplied by Racing NSW.
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