Norm Gardner On Track For Best Ever Season

 Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner only has a small race-team, but his 2016-17 season strike rate of 28% is up with the best.

Since 1 August, Gardner has started gallopers in 32 races for nine wins — equally his winning record for the entire previous season.

Gardner has 12 boxes and 12 yards which is the maximum he has in work at any one time.

Le Cavalier and Law Of The Land lead Gardner’s win tally with two apiece, but the stable’s highest stakes earner has been Bootlegging off his TAB Highway Plate win at Randwick on 20 August.

In January, Gardner also took out a Highway Handicap at Randwick with his flying filly Atom Eve.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but a ten dollar stake on all of Gardner’s runners this season would have produced a profit of $701.

Gardner is likely to have two runners at Friday’s Showcase meeting at Wagga — Snowbrook and Law Of The Land.

Snowbrook resumes and Gardner says the 3yo Hinchinbrook filly is ready to go.

“I believe she is better than CL1 grade, but they have still got to do it,” Gardner says.

“She’s a really nice horse working well and I think that’s a nice race for her with Jeff Penza in the saddle.”  

Gardner says Law Of The Land had a bit of a virus, but is right now.

“He has had about five weeks away and had a jump out last Friday and went very well.

“We have brought him back to 1200m and Matt Cahill will ride him. I expect him to go good.”

Gardner says Atom Ever will resume at Randwick on 31 January in a CL3 TAB Highway Handicap.

“She will be ready to go. She’ll have her second jumpout at Canberra tomorrow.

“She has no niggles and has really developed into a lovely mare. I think she can get to Saturday class this campaign.

“Matt Cahill will ride here and I am hoping if she progresses through to the Championships he can stick with her.

“I booked him a month ago and he is riding a treat and is a huge asset being able to ride at 54kg.”