Liliana McCormack trained Leighway has not won a race in 21 starts however the 5-year-old mare has been more than close on at least 10 occasions, coming in for the minors almost 50% of the time to accumulate over $20,000 in prize money.
Devastatingly for connections, she has in fact finished runner up on 7 occasions, beaten by less than a length in 5 of those. She will tomorrow step out in the Capricorn Yearling Sale Maiden Handicap over 1400m in Townsville, just her second start over the distance.
It may be the change the mare is searching for however, finding the line extremely well in recent times, perhaps one of the main black-bookers out of recent meets in North-Queensland.
Placed in 7 of her last 10 runs, she looks superior to the rest of the field with a clear average and late speed advantage, with the ability to show a massive turn of foot and a high rating in terms of time run over 1400m at the track and distance.
Leighway’s chances will be boosted by the ride from in-form jockey Justin Stanley, drawing barrier 6 in a field of 13. Looking to break through in start number 22, the mare by Choisir is a current $6.00 chance with Sportsbet, who are offering extraordinary value of better than even money to fill the minors.