Wangaratta trainers Ben Brisbourne, Craig Weeding, Andrew Dale launch border raid

It’s not often you see a prominent interstate stable launch a stronger team across the border than at their home track, but today’s Albury meeting shapes that way.

Leading Wangaratta-based trainer Ben Brisbourne saddles up one of his strongest ever midweek teams at Albury, just 24 hours after his home club staged its own meeting in northern Victoria.

Ben Brisbourne takes a strong team to Albury on Monday.

Ben Brisbourne takes a strong team to Albury on Monday.Credit:Racing Photos

Heading that big team of fancied runners on an open and wide betting Albury card is progressive four-year-old mare Diamondsandpearls who looks well placed fourth-up in a maiden over 1410m.

With five placings from 11 starts across three preps, Diamondandpearls has been edging towards that maiden success for some time, but the stable has never been more confident returning to her preferred soft ground.

Brisbourne then saddles up tough three-year-old War Dog fourth-up in his first real prep, and punters got a big early pointer when the gelding was scratched from yesterday’s home Wangaratta meeting.


Improving four-year-old Liberalized takes his place in a wide open class 1 sprint before one of the stable’s better chances all day four-year-old mare Ghosted lines up in the final class 2 handicap (1500m) having also ditched Wangaratta for Albury.

And the Victorian raid over the border bridge doesn’t stop there. In fact, just about every Wang trainer is getting in on the action. The Craig Weeding stable has the improving Battle Talent running against Diamondsandpearls, as well as resuming six-year-old Sebago in the fourth race, and promising mare Jelt over the flying 905m.

Regular Albury visitor Andrew Dale, meanwhile, is eyeing off a rare treble with Chairman’s choice, Malabar Jack and Mojo Music, perhaps his best chance of the day.

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