Rodney Northam has enjoyed feature success at Warren with Red Knot in the past and the pair will be in action at the track again on Tuesday.
Northam, based at Tamworth, took out last year’s Cotton Cup with Red Knot and on Tuesday the gelding will be part of a classy field contesting the Macquarie Toyota Cattleman’s Handicap (1400m).
A number of open class events around the region have attracted strong fields recently and the Cattleman’s in no different, with Red Knot taking on the likes of Cecil Hodgson’s A Magic Zariz, the Dean Jackson-trained Annandale Lass, and in-form pair Magic Over The Bay and Turcotte, trained by Wayne Collison and Cameron Crockett respectively.
Red Knot had two further starts after saluting in the Cotton Cup last November before being tipped out for a spell for roughly five months.
He returned with a seventh-placed finish in an open class event at Wellington earlier this month, a race featuring a number of horses will meet again on Tuesday.
Annandale Lass, from the Cessnock stables of Jackson, finished one spot ahead of Red Knot that day while A Magic Zariz was further back in ninth.
A Magic Zariz, trained by Coonamble veteran Cecil Hodgson, hasn’t placed in two starts this preparation and despite having the claim of apprentice hoop Jamie Gibbons he will still carry the top weight on Tuesday.
Each of the four top weights will have apprentices onboard, with A Magic Zariz’s originals 61kg a vast amount more than the 54kg bottom weight in event.
Hodgson will also saddle up one of those bottom weights with Prettylittlefellow set to jump from the extreme outside of barrier 14 in the $20,000 event.
Prettylittlefellow, to be ridden by Leanne Henry, is second-up from a spell having finished in eighth and one spot ahead of his stablemate at Wellington earlier this month.
Champion hoop Greg Ryan, who rode A Magic Zariz at Wellington, will pilot Magic Over the Bay for Dubbo’s Wayne Collison at Warren.
The gelding didn’t miss a placing in five starts before being spelled for close to six months and he showed he hadn’t lost his touch when finishing second at Dubbo in his return last month.
Crockett’s Turcotte also returned from a spell with a win when saluting at Gunnedah on July 2.