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KEMBLA Grange trainer Joe Ible is in for a busy day – and one he hopes will be very successful – tomorrow.

Ible will have recent first-up winner Big Apple (pictured) making his city debut in the Midway Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens before heading back to saddle two runners at his home track meeting.

Former Victorian Big Apple lines up at 1.15pm, whilst stablemates Jinsoku (Midway Maiden Plate, 1200m) and The Carpet Bagger (Benchmark 64 Handicap, 1600m) are scheduled to race at 3.55pm and 5.45pm respectively.

Ible also accepted with last start Wagga winner Fiancetto in the Provincial Class 1 Handicap (1200m) at Kembla Grange, but has announced the mare as a non-runner.

“It will be a busy day for sure, but I’m looking forward to it,” Ible said this morning before heading off to the Canberra meeting.

“All our three runners tomorrow are in form, and hopefully we can get some more good results.

“Big Apple going to town after his brave victory with 61kg at home on September 23 is a natural progression.

“He has thrived since that race, the 1400m looks very suitable and he comes down 2.5kg.

“Louise Day rode Big Apple at the Kembla Saturday meeting, but Tyler Schiller was aboard when he trialled at Hawkesbury in August, and is riding in sensational form.

“Louise knows both our Kembla starters well.

“Jinsoku at only his second start nearly got away with a 1200m Maiden Plate at home at the same meeting where Big Apple won.

“He has drawn awkwardly, but has plenty of pace and showed at his last run that he is at his best when he can lead.

“The Carpet Bagger struck winning form again in the Bateman’s Bay Cup (1650m) at Moruya last Friday, and has done well since.

“There’s no reason why he should not run back up and perform well once more.”

. Provincial trainers are strongly to the fore in tomorrow’s Midway Handicap at Rosehill.

Kembla Grange is also represented by Theresa Bateup’s pair The Guru (Jean Van Overmeire) and Crackalacka (Molly Bourke, Rob and Luke Price have Satness (Brock Ryan), Brett Lazzarini has Mancconi (Andrew Adkins) and Paul Niceforo has Territory Express (Brett Prebble).

Gosford trainers Adam Duggan and Nick Mitchell have Made By Khan (Dylan Gibbons) and Miss Checkoni (no rider named) respectively, and Wyong’s Kristen Buchanan and Kim Waugh also have Oakfield Arrow (Amy McLucas) and Bend The Knee (Jay Ford) as well.

. The rail is out 6m from the 1100m to the winning post, and 5m for the remainder of the circuit for tomorrow’s Kembla Grange meeting. Course manager Dave Anderson this morning posted a “Good 4” rating.

. Michael Craig’s selections are:

Race 1 - 4 Prosperina will benefit from only start

3 Miss Reilly worked home nicely on debut

1 Monopoly Girl continues to perform well

Race 2 - 8 Ramble On will be running on strongly

3 Exceed Perfection is hitting peak form

4 Excellor could improve sharply

Race 3 -11 Drift Net handy effort at W Farm

13 Lonhro’s Queen getting close to a win

1 Candlelit just missed last start

Race 4 - 5 Midnight Opal appears very promising

1 Sawrey could be hard to hold out

3 Big Boy George dropping sharply in distance

Race 5 - 6 Taipan Legend great chance on debut

11 Queen Gee Em can improve on only run

1 Big Shooter placed at both race starts

Race 6 - 3 Gilmore will improve on only run back

12 Midori Glory nice effort on debut

2 Vegas Raider strong recent trial effort

Race 7 - 1 The Empire handy effort when resuming

9 Bully For You backing up from Gburn on Tuesday

4 Frankie’s Me Dad could perform well fresh

Race 8 - 7 Matusalem is on the improve

10 The Carpet Bagger solid win last start

1 Picko Rocks longer trip will suit

*Words John Curtis, October 6, 2023 - Pics Bradley Photos*

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