Alignment headed to Ballina today looking to atone for her unlucky debut second placing and a recent incident that resulted in her being a late scratching last week when favourite, but with no bad luck in sight on this occasion she was able to score a soft victory in the Ballina Fair Maiden Handicap over 1300 metres. The daughter of Smart Missile began well from the inside draw to take up the lead before being pressured mid race but this pressure had no effect on the end result as she was able to stride clear at the 250 metre mark before being eased down by jockey Jag Guthmann-Chester to score by just under three lengths.
Winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy was a relived person after the race explaining that today’s race was never on the radar but bad luck resulted in her starting today “I thought we were a good thing beaten first up when she suffered interference at about the 900 metre mark and she was forced to race wide and then got a little lost on the home turn, then to add salt to the wounds she was a late scratching last week due to a incident in the barriers. So I was happy to finally get her into the winners stall, she is a nice filly whom we have a bit of time for.”
Alignment was ridden today by Jag Guthmann-Chester who came to the races with an air of confidence after riding the filly in a recent track gallop “Bryan asked me would I be able to gallop one for him last Tuesday and I thought the work was great so I was more then happy to take the ride. She has ability and the best part about her is that she did it so easy and still has a fair bit to learn, I think the stable might have a smart one on their hands”
Alignment will now be aimed at a 3yo 1600 metre race at Eagle Farm on the 26th of October and Co Trainer Daniel Guy explained that the stable are going back in time and looking to replicate a proven formula “It’s no secret we have a good opinion of this filly so now it’s up to her to see how far she can go. If she keeps progressing we will put her on a similar path to what we did with Queensland Derby winner Eagle Way who was able to win 3yo metro races in the spring / summer before coming back for better races in the winter.”