Young pacers among hopes in Riverina Region Championships consolations

Blake Micallef will feature in the gig of Majoress Jujon in the Riverina Region Championships Consolation B (2270m) on Friday at Wagga. Photo: file
Blake Micallef will feature in the gig of Majoress Jujon in the Riverina Region Championships Consolation B (2270m) on Friday at Wagga. Photo: file

Young pacers Majoress Jujon and Topsie Grinner are set to contest consolation races at Wagga on Friday.

Topsie Grinner is listed as the second emergency in the group one $100,000 Riverina Region Championships Final, after narrowly missing a guaranteed spot in the final field on two occasions.

Trained by Josh Powderly, Topsie Grinner ran second in two different heats over the past fortnight, on the first occasion behind Streamliner (Brian Smith) by 7.7m and then to Ideal Fantasy (Terry Judd) by just 2.1m.

The nine-year-old gelding, son of Grinfromeartoear (USA), looms as a big chance in the TAB Riverina Region Championships Consolation A (2270m), although it's a very open field including pacers who have been in the money in their last starts.

Majoress Jujon for Monteagle trainer David Micallef secured a spot in Riverina Region Championships Consolation B (2270m) following a third place finish in last week's heats.

The five-year-old mare is a newcomer to Micallef's stable after making the move from Leeton to Monteagle in April.

She was under the care of Gerard Cooper.

She surprised some punters last week after beginning the race at $34 and finishing third to Ultimate Risk (Darren Richardson) and narrowly missing out on second behind Rockita (Saul Duck).

Blake Micallef returns to the gig this Friday after Codi Rauchenberger had the reins last week. Majoress Jujon may be one of the value chances.

A number of trainers from the region have horses from their respective stables scattered throughout Friday's meeting at Wagga.

Maurice Johnson, Kevin Powderly, Ian Butt, Peter Hansen and Rodney Blythe will make the trip.

Kevin Powderly's trained four-year-old One Horn Billy is aiming to make it two straight wins to start his career when he lines up in the Sky Racing Active Pace (1740m).

Racing begins at 1.33pm with the group one Final at 4.40pm.