Expectations high for Collison

NARROMINE trainer Wayne Collison is always hard to beat on his home track and he is hoping that will again be the case when he saddles up three runners at Monday's meeting.

Collison has Little Miss Pick, Financial Gain and Justafewproblems entered on the seven-race program, with the latter pair winners the last time the Narromine club staged a meeting back on October 29.

Justafewproblems drops back in distance when it runs in the Robert Handsaker Ford Benchmark 60 Handicap (800m) and will be out to make up for an unlucky fifth placing behind Gokstad over 1000m at Warren at his most recent run on November 11.

Before that the four-year-old had won races at Narromine and Wellington and Collison is hopeful he will get a guide as to what level the gelding can reach.

"He's stepping up a bit in grade meeting a horse like Dragon's Keep but he has been going well and being at home over 800m will suit him," Collison said.

"He didn't cope with the heat real well so I backed off him a bit so the 800m is ideal at the moment even though I think he'll eventually be better over a bit further.

"From barrier seven I expect him to be in the first two or three in running, with probably Dragon's Keep leading."

A $4500 purchase from the Dubbo Yearling Sale, Justafewproblems is raced by Collison's partner Robyn Douglas, herself a former trainer, and Julie Hutchison.

And the Manner Hill x Tinikadua gelding has lived up to his name.

"He's four years old and has only had 11 starts because he has had a few problems," Collison said.

"A few months ago he broke the front of his teeth and his jaw and that stopped him for a while.

"It's like that though. The ones with ability find ways to get injured and the slow ones you couldn't hurt with an axe."

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