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Hawkesbury Thursday - Clisby Having A Go!

Hawkesbury hobby trainer Jason Clisby missed his young sprinter Avago Boy’s last start home track win last time but will be on course on Thursday for hopefully a repeat performance.
Clisby, who runs a roofing maintenance business and has only two horses in work – both of whom are racing at the meeting - returned from a Bali trip this week to saddle Avago Boy for the KB Food Co Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
Grant Buckley rode the lightly-raced Denman three-year-old in his breakthrough success in a 5 f maiden at Hawkesbury on June 10 after his trainer had opted to remove winkers.
Purple Clip’s withdrawal has reduced the field to five starters, and Avago Boy carries topweight with 130lbs.
Clisby, who says his dream is to win a Golden Slipper Stakes, buys one or two yearlings each year and normally gets them ready to trade at the Ready To Run sale as early two-year-olds provided they meet his reserve price.
But $6000 “cheapie” Avago Boy, who has already returned $31,050, is an exception.
“He went in the wind prior to the sale, and had to have an operation,” Clisby explained.
“It wasn’t a total success, and that’s why I have been keeping Avago Boy to shorter races. He is really a 7 f horse.”
In spite of his wind problem, Avago Boy has been a consistent performer for the stable. From eight starts so far, he has managed a win and three placings and only once has finished further back than fifth.
He was runner-up to Fifth Affair in an 5 1⁄2 f Maiden at Hawkesbury in January, and third placegetter Missile Miss was an impressive first-up winner at Kembla Grange last Saturday.
In his recent Hawkesbury success on heavy ground, he beat debutant Angelo, who is strongly fancied to break through on Thursday in the Tassal Plate 3YO Maiden (1100m) for fellow Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer.
Clisby’s other representative The Sprooker, also to be partnered by Buckley, is one of Angelo’s rivals.
The Your Song three-year-old is yet to be placed in five starts, but showed pace last time out and was beaten only two lengths when fifth to Test of War in a Wyong Maiden (1100m) on June 7.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Soviet (Adam Hyeronimus) opposes Angelo and The Sprooker and returns to racing as a gelding.
The Stratum three-year-old has trialled twice in preparation for his resumption, and at his latest outing was runner-up to Brave Story in a 5 f heat at Randwick on June 12 on a heavy surface.
Hawkesbury fortunately dodged the heavy rain which has hit coastal areas in the past 48 hours; having received only 5mm in the last 24 hours and 7mm overall in the past week.
As a result, the track was rated a “Soft with a penetrometer reading of 5.07.
The meeting features the final race of the final of the annual Rising Star Seriesfor apprentice riders but the series already has a winner as Jean Van Overmeire has the 2017-18 title sewn
Irrespective of the outcome of tomorrow’s race, Van Overmeire (40 points) will earn at least one point for riding Legistation to add to his current seven-point lead, sufficient to add his name to the Rising Star honour roll.
Van Overmeire’s closest rivals Mikayla Weir (33 points) and Patrick Scorse (30 points) will oppose him in tomorrow’s final heat of the series.

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