Bede Murray has triple shot at breaking city drought

Darci Magic, with Christine Merriman, left, and O'Reilly's Revenge, with Kyrah Mayer. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Darci Magic, with Christine Merriman, left, and O'Reilly's Revenge, with Kyrah Mayer. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

HORSE RACING

Kembla trainer Bede Murray will look to end a near four-month drought in town on Wednesday when he saddles up a trio of runners at Warwick Farm.

Murray has failed to find the winner's stall at a metropolitan meeting since Darci Magic saluted at a mid-week meeting at the same venue on April 9.

Since then the experienced horseman has had a series of close calls but hasn't been able to find the winning formula.

He'll head to Sydney on Wednesday with Chief In Command (race two), Fiercely Defiant (six) and Sankara Spirit (seven).

Fiercely Defiant finished second at Canterbury a week ago behind Kembla-maiden winner All Salsa and looks the stable's best chance to break the mini-drought.

"They told me after the race that they have a very high opinion of that filly [All Salsa] and his form has been very good and consistent," Murray said.

"I think it will suit him right down to the ground.

"He has pulled up well and backed up well at Grafton. I had to back him up again pretty quickly because it is the last day of the BOBS [bonus]."

Murray scored an eye-catching 3½ lengths win at Wyong on Tuesday with Fine Mist but had more modest expectations for her two-year-old stablemate on Wednesday.

Chief In Command will meet a big field of juveniles in a two-year-old (no Metro wins) race over 1200m.

"I don't expect too much but I would like him to finish amongst them, so he will be competitive," Murray said.

"I think he might be a later-on horse. He is very nice horse. We just want to see him at the races first."

Murray's final runner, Sankara Spirit scored in impressive fashion at the Grafton carnival last start and will be looking to emulate that performance in a benchmark 75 (1300m).

Murray was hopeful of ending the season on a high, but was also buoyed by the new season.

"All our good horses have just come back in [to work] and we have a few two-year-olds as well so it is an interesting time for us," he said.

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