The rain may have cleared and the sun has been shining but it's still expected to be heavy going at Wellington Race Club on Wednesday.
The meeting was shifted from its original Monday schedule to Wednesday after weekend rain left the track unsuitable for racing.
But the surface was still rated a Heavy 10 on Tuesday and that will have an impact on proceedings when the gates open.
The track will provide a test for the sprinters in the afternoon's Todd Smith Appreciation Benchmark 66 Handicap (1100m).
A couple of scratchings left a field of 10 handy bush gallopers on Tuesday.
The Dean Mirfin-trained I Am Capitan placed in a benchmark 74 event run on a Heavy 10 at Dubbo earlier this preparation while he's formerly contested a number of Highway events in the city.
Champagne Daisy, from the stables of Michael Lynch, won on a soft surface at Narromine last time out while fellow Cowra chance Mornay shapes as one to watch.
Formerly trained by Luke Hilton at Gosford, Mornay will make his first start for Andrew Molloy on Wednesday and arrives in the western area having won at Dubbo and Canberra last preparation.
Mornay will be first-up on Wednesday, and so-will the Alison Smith-trained Panuara.
The sprinter may be nine-years-old now and has just the one win since the start of 2020 but he's got a strong record at both Wellington and on rain-affected surfaces.
Panuara has two wins and two seconds from four starts at Wellington and jockey Anthony Cavallo, who was in the saddle for three of those races, takes the ride again on Wednesday.
"He's got a guts about him," Cavallo said of Panuara earlier in the week.
"If he's anywhere near his best, he can run a decent race. He won second-up on a heavy track at Dubbo last year.
"He's a big-hearted bugger he gives it all he's got."
Panuara's noted front-running style is always a plus at Wellington and is set to be a benefit again on Wednesday.
"You want to try to be in a forward position, especially at Wellington. It's really hard to make up ground on a small track like that," Cavallo added.
"If you're too far back, you'll have horses copping mud in their face which obviously isn't ideal."
The first of eight events on Wednesday jumps at 1.04pm.
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