Markwell chooses her targets for another raid

Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Markwell is out to replicate her Christmas Eve double at Canterbury as Rolling Pin and Royal Esprit return to Sydney, this time as last-start winners, this afternoon. Markwell has had a quiet run in town but only brings horses she feels will measure up to the grade. Rolling Pin and Royal Esprit proved her judgment correct a fortnight ago and will give her another chance of a double at Warwick Farm today. "People say I'm having a bad run but I'm still winning the premiership here at Kembla," Markwell said. "It is no use taking horses to Sydney that will go around hoping and run midfield. I want to take chances [to town] and that's why these horses are there." Rolling Pin had been runner-up to Single and Alma's Fury in his two runs leading into Canterbury before a smart, on-pace win. "Rolling Pin has been very consistent and deserved that win last time. He has a wide barrier [12] to contend with but if he can get across from it, he will be hard to beat again," Markwell said. "He is a horse that is going to be even better next time in." Rolling Pin is a loose favourite for the sixth. Royal Esprit gave bookies an early Christmas present winning at 100-1 at Canterbury, after sustaining a long run, and is at double-figure odds in the last this afternoon. "He is probably a bit better on soft ground and he is not going to get that at Warwick Farm," Markwell said. "His rating is getting up there, so he needs to go to town now."

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