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Harness Racing: Webster ready for Melton battle

Trainer-driver Geoff Webster is expecting a tough battle on Saturday night when his charge Dougs Babe goes up against Momentslikethese in the Group 3 Allied Express Richmond Lass.

Webster will not be in the sulky in this latest assignment with Chris Alford taking the reins at Melton, but he thinks an early battle for the lead is on the cards between Dougs Babe and Momentslikethese.

Battle for the early lead

“My mare has good gate speed as has Momentslikethese and you have to go forward over the short trip,” he said looking ahead to the race.

Momentslikethese, who is trained by Greg Sugars and his wife Jess Tubbs, goes into the race on the back of a career-best performance.

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She finished just outside the places in the APG Gold Bullion Series 4YO Mares Final at Menangle and connections are in a bullish mood. Sugars is expecting even more improvement on Saturday night.

“She has found extra gate speed at the races and at home she is a lot sharper in her track work and won’t let another horse get past her,” Sugars said. “If she had been just behind the leaders instead of last on the home turn, she would have gone very close in the APG Final.”

Treachery the danger

Meanwhile there is one real danger in the race. The hot fancy Treachery who is trained by the all-conquering Emma Stewart stable.

Webster admits they cannot beat Stewart’s pair of Ladies In Red and Tough Tilly and is hoping for more luck against Treachery.

“Dougs Babe is a really nice filly, but we’ve been chasing Emma’s pair for two years and can’t beat them,” Webster added.

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