Rissole is competing on her home track for the first time.
Rissole is competing on her home track for the first time. STEPHEN SENISE

Rissole is off the backburner

“GOLDEN brown, nuggety and hard to go past.”

That’s the description provided by connections of a locally-bred and trained filly that goes by the stable name of Rissole.

Racing as Karma Gutsa, the filly will compete on her home track for the first time in the opening event of today’s meeting at Murwillumbah; a fillies and mares maiden plate set to jump at 1.59pm.

While thereabouts at her last two starts, including a third on the Gold Coast last month, this afternoon’s 1000m journey should prove more to the three-year-old’s liking.

Kurma Gutsa’s trainer Carolyn Halliday remains level-headed about her charge’s prospects but fellow trainer Neville Boyle, who rides the filly in morning trackwork, is upbeat.

“She’ll do well and I think she’ll be a force to be reckoned with,” he said.

“The last run at Ipswich was too short for her, and it didn’t suit her temperament.”

Halliday too is prepared to forgive the run.

She said that a wide gate over the 800m trip at Ipswich sealed Karma Gutsa’s fate but today’s improved draw should help the filly play a significant part in the race.

Karma Gutsa will be coming out of the number five barrier, an advantage over the 1000m trek at Murwillumbah where horses drawn close to the fence are always favoured.

“It’s a much better gate and her chances aren’t bad as long as it’s not a bog,” Halliday said.

Today’s track is expected to be rated dead, while Karma Gutsa will be wearing blinkers for the first time which should also improve her prospects.

“Early on,she’d been known to hang out and run off the track but Neville’s sorted her out now and she’s good,” Halliday said.

An open affair, other chances in the event include Litera and Vicshan, with Hidden Woman likely to go out favourite.

Hidden Woman has scored two placings and a close-up fourth in her three career starts and is trained by last season’s leading trainer in the Northern Rivers, Brett Bellamy.

One of the day’s more keenly watched races will be the Tweed Daily News benchmark 55 handicap (1400m), the last on the program and due to run at 5.45pm.

Several horses come into focus for form students in the capacity field.

Loaded Tycoon and Under Construction have both had 53 starts and met at Grafton recently at their last start.

Loaded Tycoon managed a handy third place on the day, relegating Under Construction to fifth in a 14-horse field, 2.25 lengths behind him.

The weights are more favourably tilted Under Construction’s way this time.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer who rode him in back-to-back wins last month hops back on board, and the luck of the barrier draw seems to have gone Under Construction’s way.

While he has scored the six alley, Loaded Tycoon will need a bit of luck from gate 15.

Other chances include Intoxicated, Bolton Abbey, and Facing Paris.

Four-year-old Facing Paris has a perfect record at Murwillumbah having won at each of her two attempts, making the lightly-raced mare one to watch.

Gates open at 11.30 am.

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