Canberra Stables Seek More Highway Success

A damp track looks made to order for Matt Dale-trained Yasnat when she resumes in tomorrow’s Highway Handicap at Warwick Farm.

Canberra-based Dale is seeking his sixth Highway win matching the success of Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn in these restricted events for country-trained gallopers.

Yasnat was formerly trained by Mick Price and last campaign won three of her four starts for Dale on heavy surfaces. She saluted at Moonee Valley and her only miss was her most recent - at Caulfield on a good surface.

Dale is happy with the mare's work leading into tomorrow’s race and says she should give a sight off an inside gate with apprentice Deanne Panya claiming 3kg.

Canberra’s premiership-leading training partnership Keith Dryden and Scott Collings have accepted with two runners in the event — Chosen Prayer and Flash In The Dark — and both bring good form.

Blake Shinn rides the former and 3kg apprentice Blaike McDougall the latter.

Top Canberra hoop Brendan Ward will also compete in the race aboard the Terry Robinson galloper Yama Magic.

Chosen Prayer presents with the highest last start rating in the Highway and at $4.2 in early markets finds the second-line behind the Danny Williams-trained Pumpkin Pie —  $2.70.  

Yasnat is currently priced at $7.50 on the third line and Flash In The Dark looks ‘overs’ at $17.