A Goulburn mare and Canberra gelding, both six-year-olds, can upset some of the better stayers across the Riverina on Friday in another heat of the Stayers’ Series in the feature Tom Patton Cup at Wagga.
And it’s that peak fitness at 1800m where both Nagging and Croix La Vier are genuine each-way hopes, and certainly well over the odds against some hardened stayers who look better served over more ground.
Nagging, a daughter of Star Witness out of a Spinning World mare and trained by Mark Gee, is hard fit, well-weighted and looms as the best value in the race. Three starts ago she just missed in the Narooma Cup at BM 82 level before midfield in the stronger Bega Cup behind Appoint Percy and then chased home the smart Chocolatier in a BM 64 at Hawkesbury.
You can mount a case, too, for the Jones-Joseph trained Croix De Vie being well “overs” value based on his closing run in the Canberra Cup Prelude over the mile, and before that a fast-finishing effort in BM 80 company at Warwick Farm over 1300m. At Wagga he gets to an ideal trip, and will carry only 52kg after the apprentice rider’s claim.