Rocknroll Runa and Jackson Painting.
Riverina harness racing driver Jackson Painting will head to Menangle this Saturday night on a special mission.
And that is to win the $100,000 Regional Championships State Final with Rocknroll Runa.
The David Kennedy-trained pacer earned his way into the Group 1 when winning the Riverina Final at Wagga on Friday night.
It gave Painting the biggest win of his career being his first Group 1 success just 11 days after becoming a father for the first time.
“It’s an unreal feeling . . . that’s what we are in the game for and to do it in front of family and friends makes it even better,” said Painting.
Rocknroll Runa won in a slick 1:54.2.
“He’s an untapped horse with untapped ability,” said Painting.
“His biggest asset is his point-to-point speed and Menangle will suit him down to the ground.”
Rocknroll Runa has drawn barrier two in the State Final.
The iForm best bets for today:
Menangle best bet
Race 6: Yankee Ideal (1)
Could have their measure on pole position finding this easier than previous assignments.
Menangle next best
Race 7: Lucky Beach Boy (4)
Handy performances at both appearances this preparation suggests he will be prominent.
Around the tracks
Albury best bet
Race 5: Mangochililime (5)
Has not won for a while but does look to be well placed in this Division 3 up to 48.
Play the exotics
The Menangle quaddie
Race 5: 2-7-3
Race 6: 1
Race 7: 8-9-4-10-6
Race 8: 5-3-2-8-10-1
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