After back-to-back wins, Blue Channel will step up in class at Coonamble on Saturday.
The Rodney Robb-trained mare struggled for consistency early in her career but after a breakthrough win at Nyngan’s Duvck Creek picnics, the four-year-old followed it up with victory at Carinda last time out.
Blue Channel will be targeting a hat-trick of wins when taking part in Saturday’s Coonamble Panel and Paint Repairs and Dave’s Plumbing Class 2 Handicap (1300m).
The mare will go from barrier four on Saturday and will carry a light weight after Wendy Peel’s three kilogram claim offsets the original 56.5kg.
It will be Blue Channel’s biggest test yet with a number of in-form gallopers set to go around at Coonamble.
Top weight Beale Street, trained by Gavin Groth, is stepping back down having contested class 3 events in recent times and will be piloted by Jake Pracey-Holmes at Coonamble.
Another leading contender is Silent Sea, who will be making just a second start for leading Scone trainer Brett Cavanough.
Prior to that, the five-year-old mare had raced on provincial tracks when trained by Brad Widdup.
Dubbo trainer Garry Lunn will have Black Platinum contesting the 1300m event, the six-year-old gelding having placed once in three starts for the Dubbo trainer.
That was a third placed finish behind Cameron Crockett’s promising Crim at Wellington last month.
Alena Skerritt will take the ride for Lunn.
Racing starts 1.08pm.