BENDIGO region trainers and drivers will be hoping for another big night out at Lord's Raceway on Friday night.
No fewer than six of the region's horses won races at last Sunday's meeting at Bendigo and there's every reason to believe the locals can match, or even better that result.
Four of those six winners will again be action, including the Keith Cotchin-trained Brackenreid, who will line up in DNG Logistics Pace Final over the 1650m sprint distance.
Others attempting back-to-back victories include the Ivan Collison-trained Brocel Bow in a T2 or better handicap (2150m), Repeat After Me for Serpentine trainer Robert Rothacker in Gold Central Victoria Pace (2150m), and the Castlemaine-trained Dealers Knock (Gary Scoble) in a T1 trot (2150m).
Elmore trainer Cotchin, who will have three starters for the night, was quietly confident of the chances of Brackenreid after his workmanlike heat win last Sunday.
"He had to do all the work in his heat, but won and has pulled up well and should be right in the thick of things," he said.
"He hasn't been having much luck and despite doing all the work everything worked out well.
"The one we just beat Paying Your Way is probably the one to beat again; he's drawn underneath us again and will probably lead, but we'll be right there."
Cotchin acknowledged it had been a great few weeks for the region's harness racing fraternity, with plenty of trainers and drivers bobbing up with a winner.
"Everywhere they've been the locals seem to have won a through," he said.
On his other chances, Cotchin believed Exciter would be hard to beat 'from a tricky draw' and 'given some luck', while Rocknroll Noah was 'drawn to have a nice soft run' in his first trip to the racetrack since March 30.
Meanwhile, another of the six winners from last Sunday, the Chris Svanosio-trained Trade Whispers, will have his next run at Shepparton on Monday night.
Svanosio will have a busy night at Bendigo with five runners, including his trotters Kyvalley Finn, Rosehill Magic, Beta Hanoverdakash and Severe Storm, as well as Delightful Mia.
The first of 10 races at Lord's Raceway on Friday night is timed to start 5.14pm, with the last at 9.42pm.
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