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Tumut trainer Kerry Weir has the distinction of taking both the best bred and the smallest thoroughbreds to Sunday’s waterlogged Gundagai meeting.

Small in stature but big on speed, Weir’s pony express Deemed Corrupt makes a sixth visit to Gundagai this weekend in what shapes as the ideal opportunity to leave with a win.

That said, the son of Matthew Smith’s Todman Stakes winner Krupt has raced exceedingly well at the venue with four placings, three of them seconds.

“He is not a very big horse, he is only 14.2 hands but a very quick horse,’’ Weir says.

“The chap that part owns him, Andrew Ward, rang me up one day and wanted to know if I wanted to train him so I bought a little share in him.

“When I went to pick him up, I looked at him and thought ‘oh geez, you’re wasting your time’. When we got him home all he wanted to do was buck but ever since day dot he has always shown he was quick but we just didn’t know how far he would get over being such a little horse.’’

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Deemed Corrupt’s only win so far was in a Wagga maiden on Australia Day two runs prior to his spell.

The chestnut four-year-old was unusually poor when he faded first-up at Wagga but with excuses.

“First-up at Wagga he was just not quite a hundred per cent, he just knocked up a little bit,’’ Weir explained.

“And the other day, it was a nice run.

“Gundagai should suit him, it’s only a short straight here and he races on the pace and he gets through the wet.

“Gundagai is a very tight track and you have to be up there near the lead.”

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Deemed Corrupt is a well bred horse – his third dam is the New Zealand-bred Mythical Play who won two Group 1’s in South Africa.

Her own dam is none other than Kate’s Myth who was the Champion NZ Filly of her era.

That said, there is no better bred horse in Tumut or most other parts of the district than Bouddi who races in the Iron Jack Benchmark 50 Handicap (1700m).

Bouddi was bred by John Singleton and is a son of Sheikh Mohammed’s epic stallion, Exceed And Excel.

Bouddi’s dam is the unraced Zabeel mare Shirley whose offspring, apart from Bouddi, include “Singo’s” VRC Oaks winner and seven-times Group 1 placegetter Dear Demi.

Bouddi’s grand-dam is Golden Slipper winner Merlene, herself a Danehill daughter of Bold Promise.

“He hasn’t lived up to (his breeding),’’ Weir says.

“He didn’t pull up real well after his last run, he was a bit distressed after the race and it took him a couple of days to get over it but his form before that was pretty good going around in Benchmark 66’s and he is dropping way back in class to a Benchmark 50.’’

SHAYNE O’CASS’ TOP SELECTIONS

BEST BET

Race 1 No. 4: SCARLET PRINCE

Mitchell Beer-trained son of Casino Prince on debut off a narrow but compelling trial win at home at Albury the other day on the Heavy 9.

NEXT BEST

Race 5 No. 9: ALLEZ BREW

Another from the Beer stable; this Pierro filly was disappointing last start at home but most everything else she has done has been quite encouraging.

VALUE BET

Race 3 No. 10: KEEP IT DOWN

Led throughout to win her maiden at Wagga two starts back. Should be close enough to strike if good enough on the day.

QUADDIE

Race 3: 4,6,8,10

Race 4: 1,6,8,13

Race 5: 4,7,9,11

Race 6: 3,5,8,11,16

JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Nick Heywood has some good opportunities to add to his season tally at Gundagai.

INSIDE MAIL: GUNDAGAI

RACE 1

Scarlet Prince is a first-starter from the Mitchell Beer stable. The horse is a two-year-old son of Anthony Cummings’s Casino Prince who was very good in the wet himself. This colt is well-bred on his dam side as well; his third dam is Scandinavia who is the mother of Magnus and grand-dam of Black Caviar. Scarlet Prince won a June 22 trial at Albury which sets him up for a bold debut. Bleue’s Choice also has an Anthony Cummings connection given that his dam, Ballyleue, won the Silver Slipper for the great man. As for this Scott Collings-trained gelding, he went within a whisker of winning at home at Goulburn last start. Hot trim is another of the Beer string; this filly gets her biggest and best chance to win a race so far.

Bet: Scarlet Prince win.

RACE 2

Gallant Run is a Mitchell Beer-trained son of Not A Single Doubt – he is in fact a half brother to the Villiers winner, All Legal. Gallant Run is a 16-start maiden but he has placed in exactly half of them as well as a fourth here and there. Drawn well but best of all, he has the pattern that wins races at Gundagai. The father and son team of Chris Heywood and Nick Heywood team up here with Last War, a lightly-raced gelding who has finished fourth at each of his only two runs; both at Wagga and the first one to Smuggler’s Bay no less. Speedy type with the perfect draw to do his thing. Moonscape is a market watch. The Matthew Dale trained debutante is a son of the TJ Smith winner, Apercu.

Bet: Gallant Run win, quinella 1,2.

RACE 3

Norm Gardner bred, part-owns and trains a lot of his horses; Keep It Down is one of them. This filly is by Pluck, a miraculous Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner in his day and quite the underrated stallion. Pluck is deadset replica of his sire More Than Ready and like him, a lot of his sons and daughters revel in the wet. Keep it Down has won on Soft and placed on heavy. Has the talent. Little Hela has raced four times and literally every one of the runs has been better than the last. She ended that four start first campaign with a win at Queanbeyan over 900m racing on the pace. Taliano has only won once in 21 starts but he has placed times. Note well that Taliano has raced here at Gundagai four times for a win (his only win) and three seconds.

Bet: Keep It Down win, box trifecta 4,6,8,10.

RACE 4

Sydney Blue is a half-brother to Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner and a half to Adelaide Cup winner Tanby. This Mitchell Beer trained son of Sebring will never reach those lofty heights; in fact at this point in time has one win from 20. To be fair to the horse, he has placed nine times and seven times he has finished as the runner-up including first-up this campaign. Placed two from three on heavy tracks and best of all, that lonesome win was when he was second-up. Admire Gratzi could make this a quinella for the greys. This particular grey has lost 50 of his 54 starts but he has the pattern that makes it hard for him to win. Denman son Pride Of Kalaru is a last start winner and very, very fit. Include Only A Dream.

Bet: Sydney Blue win, quinella 1,13.

RACE 5

Mitchell Beer has Allez Brew ready and able to get back into the winner’s stall. The daughter of Pierro was so impressive when she just charged over the top of her rivals to win her maiden at Albury on May 24. She was a distant fifth there at home after that on the Heavy 9. Has the talent, just needs a good ride. The first time Street Cred saw a heavy track was at start 24, that was at Goulburn in a 1515m BM58 and he bolted in prompting a Highway attempt at Randwick where he was badly weighted under the race conditions. Better off back here where he has placed once before. The best Flora Bel would be winning but we haven’t seen the daughter of Bel Esprit at her best for some time.

Bet: Allez Brew win.

RACE 6

Deemed Corrupt is a descendant of the great Kiwi filly Kate’s Myth. The Kerry Weir-trained gelding has only won once in his 21 starts but has placed 10 times no less. His really compelling stats are these; the track and the wet. He has raced at Gundagai five times for three seconds and a third which is precisely the same as his record on heavy tracks. Stablemates Eurosay and Underthespotlight have obvious claims if they come here but both accepted for Wagga like numerous others on the card. Benno’s Boy is another. He’s had 181 starts – What a marvel he is.

Bet: Deemed Corrupt win.

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