Monday, February 26, 2024

Life’s a Party seeking to make Country Championships statement

Fresh off two frustrating but impressive fast-finishing runs in Saturday Highway company, a talented and lightly raced mare is ready to throw down a Country Championship warning at Monday’s feature Bathurst meeting.

Life’s A Party, a five-year-old by renowned sprint sire Star Turn in the Mark Jones yard at Mudgee, tackles the feature Country Championship Preview at Class 4 Handicap level over 1200m.

Racing returns to Bathurst on Monday.

Racing returns to Bathurst on Monday.Credit: Phil Carrick

And it shapes as the ideal launching pad race for this explosive galloper who is gunning for a fourth win in her 10th start.

Drawn the fence, Life’s a Party will be set for the Central Districts Country Championship Qualifier at Mudgee if all goes to plan at Bathurst.

After two dominant wins up to Class 2 level before Christmas, Life’s A Party has twice made up enormous ground in Highway company, firstly finishing only a half-length behind high-class Gallant Star before running Smart and Dapper to two lengths a month ago.

She is likely to get a further boost with early market rival Scopics being preferred at Randwick last Saturday and is unlikely to back up.

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That said, on the smaller Bathurst track, the pattern may not do Life’s A Party any great favours, given she likes to settle well back.

Locally trained five-year-old Possibly So is building a nice resume having won four from 19, and reloads five weeks after a barnstorming win at big odds in Highway grade when he came from near last on the turn.

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